The family attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family issued a statement following the announcement that 22-year-old vlogger, Gabby Petito, was strangled to death.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon, weeks after announcing that Petito, 22, had died of an apparent homicide. The cause of Petito’s death is strangulation, according to Blue.
Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance but has not yet been named a suspect in her death investigation. The Laundrie family attorney, Steve Bertolino, stressed that Laundrie has only been charged with credit card fraud at this point and has no other pending charges against him.
“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” Bertolino told Brian Elgin from News Nation Now.
“At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”
Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on their cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
Authorities issued a 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 residence with a backpack on and headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 13. They reported him missing four days later.
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