Brian Laundrie purchased a burner phone the day he vanished, and feds are reportedly trying to track it down, according to reports.
According to TMZ, FBI agents pulled security footage from an AT&T store in North Port, Florida, and discovered that Laundrie and an “older woman” went into the store on September 14, the day Laundrie disappeared. They reportedly bought the phone on the same day.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 23-year-old Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on a cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ Florida with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
Earlier this month, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Officials confirmed that the manner of death was a homicide but the cause of death is still pending.
Authorities issued the federal warrant for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission after Gabby passed away. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”
Laundrie’s parents have insisted they have no clue where he is. They claimed he left their North Port home with a backpack on and headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 14. They reported him missing three days later.
Meanwhile, the Laundrie family lawyer, Steve Bertolino, said that the FBI is in possession of the phone, according to News Nation now reporter, Brian Entin.
“To my knowledge, they did purchase a new phone and it’s the same phone that Brian left home and which the FBI is in possession of,” Bertolino reportedly said.
Law enforcement has not confirmed nor denied information about the phone.
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