Brian Laundrie is still a wanted man, having disappeared presumably into the vast wilderness of the Carlton Reserve near his family’s home in North Port Florida.
Laundrie is “missing” at the moment, possibly by his own doing, after being charged with bank fraud. The charges stem from use of his deceased fiancée’s credit card as he made his way back home to Florida, alone, from a cross-country sightseeing trip that they had embarked on together.
But, based on the latest news in the case, there could be more charges coming.
Gabby Petito died from strangulation, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue revealed during a Tuesday news briefing, weeks after the FBI uncovered her remains at Bridger-Teton National Forest north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Blue gave the manner of death last month as homicide. Brian Laundrie, her former fiance and the only person of interest publicly identified in connection with her death, hasn’t been seen since Sept. 13 and is the subject of a federal warrant for alleged bank card fraud.
The 22-year-old Petito’s remains were out in the Wyoming wilderness for three to four weeks, Brent said, without going into detail about the potential impact that had on the autopsy.
Strangulation is often considered a very personal way to commit murder, and Brian Laundrie may soon go from being a “person of interest” in Petito’s death to a “suspect”.