Brian Laundrie update: Police request personal items from Gabby Petito’s fiancé for DNA match, lawyer says

During the FBI’s visit to the family home, “The FBI requested personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to help them match DNA and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with whatever they could,” the FBI said. Laundries lawyer, Steven Bertolino to multiple media. .

FBI agents returned to the Florida home Laundrie shared with her parents on Sunday, as seen in a video shot by CNN. At least two officers could be seen at the house and one had a bag in his hand.

Laundrie’s parents told authorities on September 17 that the 23-year-old had left their home a few days earlier with his backpack and said he was on his way to the Carlton reservation. A source close to the family said CNN’s Chris Cuomo Laundrie left his parents’ home without his cell phone and wallet.

Since then, investigators have scoured the Carlton Preserve, the 25,000 acres of “vast and unforgiving” swamps that are home to alligators and snakes. Drones, dive crews and bloodhounds have joined the vast search effort, according to the North Port Police Department.

Police said the FBI had resumed the search and indicated it would be on a smaller scale.

“I don’t think you’re going to see these types of large-scale efforts this week. The FBI is now leading the search. I’m told it will be narrowed down and targeted based on intelligence,” police spokesman Josh Taylor told CNN in a message. “I hope the water will drop in areas that are difficult to access now.”

Laundrie’s disappearance came at the height of Petito’s search. The two had gone on a trip together, chronicling their travels on social media with the hashtag #VanLife, but Laundrie returned to the house they shared with her parents on September 1 without her. Authorities then found Petito’s remains in a Wyoming national forest and his death was deemed a homicide.
Petito’s disappearance has sparked grief and outrage from many digital detectives and prompted digital detectives to scour the couple’s online trail in an attempt to resolve the case. It also sheds light on the tens of thousands of missing persons cases across the country.
Laundrie faces a federal arrest warrant for his “use of unauthorized devices” resulting from his actions after Petito’s death. Laundrie allegedly used a debit card and PIN for accounts he did not own for charges over $ 1,000 between the dates of August 30 and September 1, according to a federal indictment.

A lawyer for Laundrie’s family stressed in a statement that the warrant did not relate to Petito’s death but related to activities that allegedly took place afterwards.

Two separate awards totaling $ 30,000 were offered to anyone providing law enforcement with the location of the laundry.

What we know about the laundromat’s movements

Petito, 22, and Laundrie embarked on a trip across the country in June and were visiting national parks. They regularly posted their trips online with the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts abruptly ended in late August.
On August 26, Jessica Schultz saw Laundrie parked in a white van in Grand Teton National Park, and no one appeared to be with him, she told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The next day, Nina Angelo and her boyfriend, Matt England, saw a “commotion” as Petito and Laundrie left the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming, she told CNN.

Petito was in tears and Laundrie was visibly angry, entering and exiting the restaurant several times, showing anger towards the staff around the hostess booth, Angelo said. The couple’s waitress was also visibly shaken by the incident, said Angelo, who told CNN she had not seen any violence or physical altercation between Petito and Laundrie.

A Merry Piglets official, who declined to give her name, saw “an incident” at the restaurant and called the FBI, she told CNN. The manager declined to describe what happened and said the restaurant did not have surveillance video of the incident.

Norma Jean Jalovec, a seasonal resident of Wyoming, told CNN that she picked up Laundrie not far from the Jackson Lake Dam on Aug. 29, around 6:15 p.m., and drove him to the scattered Spread Creek campground where Petito’s remains were later found.

Laundrie was hitchhiking, Jalovec said, and sat in the passenger seat of his Toyota 4-Runner SUV.

According to Jalovec, Laundrie told him that he and his fiancée had a travel blog, that she was in their van at the campsite working on the blog, and that he had been walking along the shore of the Snake River for some time. days.

A neighbor who lives right across from the house Petito shared with Laundrie and his family told CNN that the last time she saw Laundrie at the North Port house was the weekend of September 10.

Karyn Aberts said she saw Laundrie and her family “in the neighborhood in the front yard”, saying it looked like “a normal thing… they were going for a walk” and that she “was never there. think .”

Petito was reported missing by his family the next day.

“Love and give love like she did”

As investigators continued their search for Laundrie Sunday, friends, family and strangers gathered in Holbrook, New York, to pay tribute to Petito.

Gabby Petito's relatives have gathered in New York for a memorial as the search for her fiance continues

Joseph Petito described his daughter in a eulogy as a “happy girl” people would gravitate towards. She made others feel welcome, he said, and she enjoyed being outdoors, scuba diving, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or snowboarding. on the Colorado sand dunes.

“I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for,” said Joseph Petito. “If there’s a trip you want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have time.

“If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now,” he said, an apparent reference to his daughter’s relationship with Laundrie.

Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt also gave a eulogy, telling those gathered, “Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”

Petito provides “an example for all of us,” Schmidt said, “to enjoy every moment in this beautiful world, as she did – to love and give love to all as she did.”

Alison Kosik and Sarah Jorgensen reported from Holbrook, New York, while Madeline Holcombe reported and wrote this story in Atlanta. CNN’s Dakin Andone, Travis Caldwell, Gregory Lemos, Laura Ly, Christina Maxouris, Taylor Romine, Leyla Santiago and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this report.

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