Skip to content


As the authorities continue their second week of research tens of thousands of hectares of swamp for Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundry, they are also looking for new evidence as part of the investigation.

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.

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. .

CNN contacted Bertolino but had no response.

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

Laundrie’s disappearance came at the height of Petito’s search. The two had gone on a trip together, 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 among many, but it also sheds light on the tens of thousands of missing person stories that do not generate such intense interest; there were nearly 90,000 active missing persons cases at the end of 2020, according to the National Crime Information Center.

Laundrie faces a federal arrest warrant for his “use of unauthorized devices” resulting from his actions after Petito’s death. The laundromat allegedly used a debit card and PIN for accounts it 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.


Petito, 22, and Laundrie embarked on a trip across the country in June and were visiting national parks. They regularly posted their trips online using the hashtag #VanLife, but those posts came to a screeching halt 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 manager of Merry Piglets, 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 the remains de Petito 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 fiancee 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 her 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.


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

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.”


ctvnews Canada news