The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued an arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie for fraudulently using Gabby Petito’s Capitol One Bank credit card.
The FBI said Laundrie is wanted for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ related to his activities between August 30 and September 1, following Petito’s homicide.
The statement was released today by the Bureau’s Denver desk, reading: ‘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.
‘We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.’
Gabby Petito was last seen alive on August 27 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming trying to defuse a heated argument between fiance Brian Laundrie and a hostess at a Tex-Mex restaurant, according to a witness – shifting the timeline of when the 22-year-old ‘van lifer’ was spotted.
Investigators were initially operating under the assumption that Petito, whose body was found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sunday, was last seen alive on August 24 leaving a Salt Lake City hotel with Laundrie.
However, Nina Celie Angelo of New Orleans said she and her boyfriend were at the Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson Hole on August 27 and saw the tragic Long Island woman try to calm down the hot-headed Laundrie, during an interview on Thursday with ABC’s Good Morning America.
‘He was just very visibly angry. She was really upset. She was crying. He immediately went to the hostess stand and was going in on the hostess and the waitress and eventually the manager,’ Angelo told GMA.
‘It was almost like he was screaming. She was like “I’m sorry, come on just let’s just go.” But she was physically upset, she was crying. You could feel his temper. He was angry.’
The sighting at the Jackson Hole restaurant places Petito 300 miles north of Salt Lake City and just 45 miles from the Wyoming campground in the Grand Tetons where her remains were found.
Nina Celie Angelo (left) of New Orleans says she saw Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie (right) on August 27 at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her account has been confirmed by the restaurant. Petito was reported missing on September 11 after she and her 23-year-old fiancé, Laundrie, set out from New York on a cross-country road trip in her white van two months earlier. They were documenting their travels on social media platforms including Instagram and YouTube
Angelo, a photographer, was with her boyfriend, financial adviser Matthew England, when they stopped to have lunch at Merry Piglets sometime between 1 and 2pm. The couple was in Wyoming in late August to attend a wedding. While dining at the restaurant, they overheard a loud conversation in which another customer, Laundrie, was heard screaming at wait staff in what appeared to be an argument over the check
Angelo’s account means that Petito was last seen alive on August 27. It was previously assumed that she was last spotted alive in Salt Lake City three days earlier
Petito was reported missing on September 11 after she and her 23-year-old fiancé set out from New York on a cross-country road trip in her white van two months earlier. They were documenting their travels on social media platforms, including Instagram and YouTube.
Angelo and her boyfriend, Matthew England, were traveling through Wyoming in late August to attend a friend’s wedding.
England provided a credit card statement to Fox News which indicates that he spent $60.88 at the Tex-Mex joint on August 27.
According to Angelo, she and England stopped to have lunch at Merry Piglets sometime between 1 and 2pm.
A restaurant employee told DailyMail.com on Wednesday: ‘We have already talked to the authorities about the situation and we are not allowed to comment on it further.’
Merry Piglets officials later posted on Instagram: ‘Yes, we can confirm Gabby and Brian were in Merry Piglets.
‘We have already notified the FBI and they are aware. We are letting them do their jobs and we are respecting Gabby’s family and have nothing further to comment.’
Angelo, a photographer, was with her boyfriend, financial adviser Matthew England, when they traveled to Wyoming for a wedding in late August
Angelo says England recognized Laundrie and Petito after seeing news reports that included police body cam footage of the couple during an August 12 incident in Moab, Utah (above)
The FBI would comment on the validity of Angelo’s claim.
But Angelo insists she and Matthew overheard a loud conversation in which another customer nearby, Laundrie, was heard screaming at waitstaff in what appeared to be an argument over the check.
Angelo said that the man involved in the dispute displayed ‘aggressive’ body language.
Laundrie left the restaurant and then returned around four times, she said. Afterward, Petito came into the restaurant and apologized to waitstaff for his behavior.
Angelo said she completely forgot about the incident when the couple returned to New Orleans to find the region ravaged by Hurricane Ida.
But coverage of Petito’s disappearance aired daily on TV and the couple caught a story about police body cam footage showing Petito and Laundrie being interviewed by an officer after a domestic incident in Moab, Utah.
Jenn Bethune, who runs ‘Red, White and Bethune’ on YouTube, said she found footage of Petito’s van when she parsed over her videos from Grand Teton National Park after she was tagged in a post urging anyone who had filmed or photographed the area to search for clues. This image was taken hours after the restaurant incident on August 27
Jenn Bethune (pictured left), who travels the country with her husband Kyle (pictured right) and her three children in a 1983 Silver Eagle bus that they call ‘Blue Betty’ (also pictured) said she remembered driving past the van because of its Florida plates – she and her travel partner, she said, are originally from the state.
As England watched the images of Petito and Laundrie in the body cam footage, it began to dawn on him early on Wednesday morning that they looked familiar.
‘He goes, “Nina, that was the couple fighting at the restaurant”,’ Angelo said.
‘And it stopped me in my tracks. I felt like the blood left my body.
‘I was like, “Oh my God, I completely forgot about that incident”.’
The memory of the argument is particularly powerful in light of the news that Petito’s body was found nearby at Grand Teton National Park on Sunday.
‘I have chills right now,’ Angelo told Fox News.
‘It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street — it was a full blown incident.’
On Instagram, Angelo posted a story describing what she saw.
‘Excuse my French, but I am freaking the f*** out,’ Angelo said on her Instagram page.
‘Matt and I just realized – I don’t know cause I’m a dumb a** and I did not put two and two together – that we saw a blowout of a situation between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in Wyoming when we were there.
‘How I did not put two and two together that this happened? I don’t know.’
Angelo said that she had contacted authorities about the incident.
She said that her boyfriend ‘has an insane photographic memory.’
England has told her for days that he ‘knows this guy, Brian’ and that he had ‘seen him before.’
Angelo said England told her: ‘They were the couple fighting in the restaurant.’
‘We were sitting right next to them,’ she said. ‘They got kicked out of the restaurant and were fighting with the hostess.’
Angelo says Petito was ‘hysterically crying’ and ‘walked out.’
‘She was crying as she was standing on the sidewalk and I was watching the whole thing unfold,’ according to Angelo.
‘And he walked back in the restaurant and he’s fighting with the hostess.’
Laundrie walked in and out of the restaurant ‘four more times’ to ‘talk to the manager’ and ‘tell the hostess off,’ according to Angelo.
The encounter would jibe with the account of another witness, travel blogger Jenn Bethune, who said she drove by Petito’s van – hours after the restaurant incident
Bethune, who runs ‘Red, White and Bethune’ on YouTube, said she parsed over her footage from the national park after she was tagged in a post urging anyone who had filmed or photographed the area to search for clues.
She turned over images she took that included the van to the FBI and Petito’s family, and said the discovery of the footage gave her ‘chills.’
The video was captured on August 27 at Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area near Grand Tetons National Park.
‘I got chills all over my body and ran straight back to my laptop, got my GoPro footage, and lo and behold Gabby’s van was on there,’ she told host Ainsley Earhardt on Fox & Friends on Monday.
Laundrie is considered a person of interest since he is believed to be the last person to see Petito alive. He returned home to Florida on September 1 without her, and refused to cooperate with authorities.
He was reported missing by his family last Friday. A massive search for Laundrie is underway in Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre swampy region just miles away from his North Port, Florida home.
The exhaustive search for Laundrie in a vast Florida wilderness entered a sixth day on Thursday as the mystery deepened around a case that has engrossed Americans.
Police divers joined the search for Brian Laundrie just before noon Wednesday with an airboat to join the manhunt for Brian Laundrie
A van from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Force, towing a small dingy, turned up about an hour after an airboat was seen for the first time at the 25,000-acre reserve
A team of divers joined police and FBI agents using boats and helicopters looking for Laundrie in the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, but a spokesman said at nightfall that they had found ‘nothing’ to show for their efforts.
Authorities have not said why they are convinced Laundrie, whom police call a ‘person of interest’ in the case, may still be somewhere inside the wilderness preserve near his home in North Port, Florida, more than a week after he told family members he was headed there to hike alone.
North Port police say Laundrie’s parents did not report him missing until September 14, three days after the family last saw him.
The Carlton Reserve has more than 80 miles of hiking trails but is dominated by swampy water.
Many Americans have closely followed the case since Petito was reported missing on September 11.
Ten days earlier, Laundrie had returned home to North Port without her from a cross-country road trip the couple chronicled in social media posts.
In identifying her remains, Teton County medical examiners ruled Petito’s death a homicide, but did not make the cause of her death public.
Petito and Laundrie left her home state of New York in July, heading west on what they called a ‘van life’ trip. They posted photos to social media as they traveled through Kansas, Colorado and Utah.
Laundrie’s whereabouts are still unknown, with the manhunt entering its fourth day at a nature reserve m Florida (pictured)
Police and FBI agents resumed their search of the Carlton Reserve early Wednesday, sharing photos of search dogs (above)
Search teams from multiple law enforcement agencies gathered Wednesday for a briefing before heading out into the 25,000-acre swampland
Witnesses saw Petito on August 24 as she left a Salt Lake City hotel. She posted her final photo the next day.
Petito’s family believes she was headed to Grand Teton National Park when they last heard from her. Her body was found at the edge of that park near the Spread River.
Investigators searched the Laundrie family home in North Port last week and were seen loading cardboard boxes into a van and towing away a silver Ford Mustang.
In seeking search warrants, investigators cited text messages from Petito’s phone to her mother, Nicole Schmidt, that struck Schmidt as suspicious.
The final text from Petito’s phone came on August 30 and read only: ‘No service in Yosemite,’ a national park in California that she and Laundrie are not believed to have visited during their trip.
On August 12, a 911 caller reported to emergency dispatchers that Laundrie was slapping and hitting Petito in front of the Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah.
Moab police pulled the couple over in their van on a highway near Arches National Park.
Body camera footage of that encounter shows Petito sobbing as she describes a fight between the couple that she said escalated into her slapping Laundrie as he drove the van.
The officers did not detain Petito or Laundrie but told them to spend the night apart.
‘Don’t try to find me. I have finally escaped my master’s clutches’: Brian Laundrie’s cryptic Pinterest posts
Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie shared cryptic messages on Pinterest before his girlfriend’s death was declared a homicide.
A folder titled Things To Burn Off is filled with pictures of tattoos – most of them diabolical with images of demons, crypt keepers and more cynical quotes.
One tattoo read: ‘Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR)’ in red ink surrounding a picture of a man performing CPR with a red ‘X’ through it.
‘Doctor, I want to die dignifiedly,’ it also said.
There was also an image of a woman with a tattoo across her back saying: ‘I’m the hero of this story. I don’t need to be saved.’
The obscure quote leaves a lot up to the imagination, including queries about whether Laundrie was trying to send a message.
Another post, titled The Opposite Of Lost, said: ‘Don’t try to find me. I have finally escaped my ‘master’s’ wicked clutches’ under an image of purple and pink clouds read.
‘To others I say: Join me. Bite the hand that feeds you. Vive la liberté,’ it added.
It appears to have originated from a missing dog flier in Oregon in 2006.
Other items Laundrie shared to a folder he called ‘My Heart’ are just as mystifying, and a photo he reposted of a pillow embroidered with the quote ‘sorry for what I said while we were trying to park the camper,’ cannot be missed.
Other posts include a line from the 1999 movie Fight Club that said: ‘It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.’
A particularly disturbing post under the account @blaundrie1197 showed a headstone with ‘my baby’ inscribed on it.
The artwork, which was designed by Sacha Strange, also read: ‘She’ll never find a sweet man like me. Let her go, let her go, God bless her, wherever she may be.’
Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend Brian Laundrie shared cryptic messages on Pinterest a month before his girlfriend’s death was declared a homicide. The post – titled The Opposite Of Lost – appears to have originated from a missing dog flier in Oregon in 2006
A photo he reposted of a pillow embroidered with the quote ‘sorry for what I said while we were trying to park the camper,’ cannot be missed
Other items Laundrie shared to a folder he called My Heart are just as mystifying, including a quote from the 1999 movie Fight Club that said: ‘It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything’
A particularly disturbing post showed a headstone with ‘my baby’ inscribed on it. The artwork, which was designed by Sacha Strange, also read: ‘She’ll never find a sweet man like me. Let her go, let her go, God bless her, wherever she may be’
Brian Laundrie (pictured) arrived home early from the campervan trip – on September 1 – without Gabby Petito. She was reported missing on September 11 and Laundrie went missing himself on September 14
Another posts features a skull and a hand holding what appears to be a match with accompanying text that reads: ‘You do it yourself, and that’s what really hurts.’
And another mentions the phenomenon nyctophilia, ‘a love of darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness’ while another asks: ‘Am I okay?’
According to The Sun Laundrie shared the account with Petito and his mother Roberta. It’s unknown when exactly the cryptic images were posted or if Laundrie himself was behind it.
However, the account was last used five weeks ago and the latest post is a drawing of a matchbox that reads: ‘Burnt out.’
The post cites the book Burnt Out: How To Cope With Autistic Burnout in a folder he named Bleak, as reported by The Post.
A summary of the book said that ‘burnout leaves us feeling weak and exhausted’.
It added: ‘Autistic burnout is when autistic people can’t do things they used to because of how little energy they have left. It takes a whole lot more energy to function whilst being autistic and do basic tasks such as remembering to eat or doing laundry.’
Meanwhile, a folder called Life Goals is filled with much less obscure messages and contains a host of wedding inspiration-type images.
There’s a slew of photos with wedding dresses, table settings and even tips on making your own invitations and table settings. The couple were engaged.
Another posts features a skull and a hand holding what appears to be a match with accompanying text that reads: ‘You do it yourself, and that’s what really hurts’
It’s unknown when exactly Laundrie reposted the cryptic images to his Pinterest account but they are certainly plentiful. One mentions the phenomenon nyctophilia, ‘a love of darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness’ while another asks: ‘Am I okay?’
Meanwhile, a folder called Life Goals (pictured) is filled with much less obscure messages and contains a host of wedding inspiration-type images. There’s a slew of photos with wedding dresses, table settings and even tips on making your own invitations and table settings