The FBI entered and searched the family home of Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie in Florida on Monday, a day after investigators across the country discovered what they believe to be his remains.
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On Monday morning, FBI investigators surrounded and entered Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port as part of a “court-authorized search warrant” related to the Petito case.
Her parents were escorted out of the house before the search and then brought back inside for questioning, police said.
The warrant comes as investigators are still searching for Laundrie, who returned to his Florida home without Petito earlier this month, and refused to speak to investigators before disappearing last week.
The search for Petito’s companion had focused on a nature reserve near his home, but investigators changed direction after “exhausting all possibilities of excavations at the scene,” the spokesman said on Monday. North Port Police, Josh Taylor.
Human remains believed to belong to Petito were found in Wyoming on Sunday, a tragic find that may nonetheless help answer questions about what happened to the 22-year-old.
Petito and Laundrie had traveled in a white van through the American West this summer, while regularly posting photos and stories on their social media pages with the hashtag #vanlife.
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However, these messages abruptly stopped at the end of August. Laundrie returned home in North Port, Florida with his van but without Petito on September 1, police said. Petito’s family, unable to contact her, reported her missing on September 11.