A Florida search warrant references Gabby Petito’s mother characterizations of their calls and texts.
His mother believed there was “growing tension” between Petito and Laundrie, according to the warrant.
On Monday, the FBI also executed a search warrant at Laundrie’s home, saying it was a crime scene.
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A search warrant filed last week by Florida law enforcement to search Brian Laundrie’s computer referred to the emergence of “growing tension” between Gabby Petito and Laundrie in text messages and messages. telephone conversations between Petito and his mother Nichole Schmidt.
“During the trip, the subject sent several texts and had numerous discussions with his mother, Nichole Schmidt, by cell phone,” the warrant said. “During these conversations, there seemed to be more and more tension between her and Laundrie.”
The warrant was filed by the North Port Police Department after Laundrie was named as a person of interest last week in the late August disappearance of his 22-year-old fiancee, Gabby Petito, as they embarked for a trip across the country.
The Florida Police Warrant also adds that Schmidt said she received “weird text messages” from Petito, including the last one sent on August 27, where Petito referred to his grandfather by his first name, Stan, which was unusual for his mother and caused concern that someone else might have been using Petito’s phone.
The tenor of the messages, and later, Petito’s lack of communication is what led his mother to contact authorities, according to the warrant.
The warrant was filed for access to Laundrie’s computer and electronic devices.
Separately on Monday, the FBI executed a court-obtained search warrant at the Laundrie family’s home in North Port, Florida, declaring the location a crime scene.
“FBI is executing a court-authorized search warrant today at Laundrie’s residence in North Port, FL regarding Gabrielle” Gabby “Petito” investigation, The FBI office in Tampa said in a tweet.
The Laundrie family home was declared a crime scene a day after a body believed to be Petito was found in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday, September 21 to determine if it is Petito.
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