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FBI Issues Arrest Warrant For Brian Laundrie Following Gabby Petito's Death

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FBI Issues Arrest Warrant For Brian Laundrie Following Gabby Petito's Death

The FBI has issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie.

The boyfriend of murdered YouTuber Gabby Petito has been accused of using a debit card that didn't belong to him.

Laundrie has been named as a 'person of internet' in the disappearance of the 22-year-old, whose body was discovered in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park earlier this week.

Authorities have suggested the 23-year-old man used a debit card and a personal identification number linked to two Capital One bank accounts to take out $1,000 or more between August 30 and September 1.

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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetitoGabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito

Gabby was officially reported missing on September 11, however she her last post on social media was on August 25.

Laundrie told his parents he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve, Florida on September 14 and hasn't been seen since September 17, according to Buzzfeed.

FBI Denver said in a statement: "While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito's homicide.

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"We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie's role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI."

Petito's death has been ruled as a homicide. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetitoPetito's death has been ruled as a homicide. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito

The FBI confirmed on Tuesday (September 21) that remains found in Grand Teton National Park belonged to Gabby.

They ruled that the 'manner of death is homicide', however the cause of death remains a mystery.

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After the discovery of the body, Ms Petito's family released a statement through their lawyer that said: "I am making a personal request to members of the press and news media to refrain from contacting the Schmidt and Petito family,

"Due to today's [Sunday's] developments, we are asking the press and news media to have some decorum and sensitivity for Gabby's family and allow them to grieve.

"I will be in contact with you when Gabby's family is ready to make a public statement."

Brian Laundrie has been declared a 'person of interest' to the case. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetitoBrian Laundrie has been declared a 'person of interest' to the case. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito

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Petito and Laundrie set out from New York to travel the country together in their converted van, taking in America's vast national parks.

They documented a lot of their travels on social media and people have been combing through the posts to see if there are any clues to the case.

Laundrie's parent's house has now been declared a 'crime scene', after he returned there with the couple's white van before leaving to Florida.

Police in Moab, Utah, have also since released body camera footage from August 12 that shows an encounter they had with Petito and Laundrie after a traffic stop.

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A sobbing Petito could be heard describing an argument with Laundrie that she says became physical.

Whilst the police officers did not detain the pair, they did order them to spend the night separately, with Petito remaining in the van and Laundrie booking into a hotel.

Featured Image Credit: Moab Police Department

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