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Gabby Petito Case 'Now A Manhunt' Following FBI's Latest Move

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Gabby Petito Case 'Now A Manhunt' Following FBI's Latest Move

The search for Brian Laundrie has now been dubbed a 'manhunt' following the latest development in the disappearance of Laundrie and fiancée Gabby Petito.

Just days after discovering Petito's body, the FBI issued an official arrest warrant for Laundrie on Thursday night. The federal indictment filed in a US District Court in Wyoming alleges that Brian committed bank card fraud while Gabby was missing.

The 23-year-old is thought to have used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make a number of unauthorised withdrawals, or charges, worth more than $1000 (£729.35).

Gabby had been travelling America with her fiance Brian (Credit: Instagram/ Gabby Petito)
Gabby had been travelling America with her fiance Brian (Credit: Instagram/ Gabby Petito)
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The FBI has not disclosed what Brian is alleged to have bought, and did not say who the bank card is thought to have belonged to.

Speaking about the arrest warrant, FBI Special Agent Michael Schneider explained that the move will allow law enforcement services across the United States to find Laundrie, while they investigate Gabby’s death.

Laundrie, who was previously marked as a ‘person of interest’ during the search for Gabby, has not been seen for over five days, with searches currently trying to track him in a wilderness reserve.

Brian is missing and has not been contacted for 5 days (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
Brian is missing and has not been contacted for 5 days (Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito)
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Commentators in the US have now described the search for Brian as “a manhunt.”

Gabby was reported missing on 11th September, after her family had not heard from her while she was out travelling national parks with fiancé, Brian.

Brian had since returned home, and had not disclosed Gabby’s whereabouts.

Earlier this week, remains found in a camp side in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming were confirmed to be Gabby’s.

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Gabby Petito had been travelling with Brian Laundrie prior to her death (Credit: PA)
Gabby Petito had been travelling with Brian Laundrie prior to her death (Credit: PA)

A preliminary inquest on Gabby’s body saw that her death is being treated as a “homicide.”

The case has attracted attention worldwide; Gabby’s status as a YouTuber and an influencer, regularly documenting her trips across America.

Police bodycam footage, which saw Gabby in a state of distress, has also brought national and international attention to the case, with many people discussing theories on social media.

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Brian was spoken to by police before Gabby went missing (Credit: Wyoming Police)
Brian was spoken to by police before Gabby went missing (Credit: Wyoming Police)

More recently, some of Gabby’s followers have suggested that the blogger did not post her final few pictures on Instagram.

You can read more about that here.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram - gabbypetito

Topics: News

Kimberley Bond
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