As investigators continue their search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, the FBI has requested anything that may contain his DNA, according to the Laundries’ family lawyer.
“The FBI requested some personal belongings belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching, and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” the Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told numerous news sites during the FBI’s visit to the family home.
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Bertolino did not respond to CNN’s request for comment right away.
As seen in a CNN video, FBI agents returned to the Florida home Laundrie shared with his parents on Sunday. At least two agents were observed at the house, one of whom was holding a bag.
On Sept. 17, Laundrie’s parents alerted authorities that their 23-year-old son had left their home with his backpack and indicated he was going to the Carlton Reserve. Chris Cuomo of CNN spoke with a person close to the family. Laundrie forgot to take his phone and wallet with him when he left his parents’ house.
Since then, teams have been exploring the Carlton Reserve—25,000 acres of swampland home to alligators and snakes—for clues. According to the search, drones, diving teams, and bloodhounds have joined the attempt.
The disappearance of Laundrie occurred in the midst of Petito’s hunt. The two had on a road trip together, documenting their adventures with the hashtag #VanLife on social media, but Laundrie returned to the house they shared with his parents on Sept. 1 without her. Petito’s bones were later discovered in a national forest in Wyoming, and her death was deemed a homicide.
Petito’s disappearance has infuriated many people, prompting digital detectives to trawl through the couple’s web trail in an attempt to solve the case. It also draws attention to the tens of thousands of cases of missing persons around the country.
Because of his actions after Petito’s murder, Laundrie has a federal warrant out for his arrest for “use of unapproved devices.” According to a federal indictment, Laundrie reportedly used a debit card and PIN number for charges over $1,000 on accounts that did not belong to him between August 30 and September 1.
In a statement, a representative for Laundrie’s family stressed that the warrant was not for Petito’s death, but for events that allegedly occurred thereafter.
Anyone who can assist law enforcement officers with information about Laundrie’s whereabouts will be eligible for two separate $30,000 incentives.
The Movements of Laundrie: What We Know
Petito, 22, and Laundrie, 22, set out on a cross-country tour in June, stopping at national parks along the way. They used the hashtag #VanLife to document their adventures on social media, but those updates abruptly halted in late August.
Jessica Schultz reported to the San Francisco Chronicle that she observed Laundrie parked in a white van in Grand Teton National Park on August 26 and that no one appeared to be with him.
Nina Angelo and her boyfriend, Matt England, witnessed a “commotion” the next day as Petito and Laundrie left the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, according to CNN.
‘Like she did, love and give love.’
Friends, family, and strangers gathered in Holbrook, New York, on Sunday to pay their respects to Petito as investigators continued their hunt for him.
In a eulogy, Joseph Petito characterized his daughter as a “happy kid” who everyone gravitated toward. He stated she was friendly and enjoyed being outside, whether it was scuba diving, climbing the Appalachian Trail, or skiing down sand dunes in Colorado.
“What we’re asking for is for you to be inspired by Gabby,” Joseph Petito stated. “If there’s a trip you guys want to go on, go on it right now. Do it now, while you still have the opportunity.
He appeared to be referring to his daughter’s connection with Laundrie when he remarked, “If there’s a relationship that you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now.”