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Brian Laundrie flew to Florida 5 days after fight with Gabby Petito in Utah: Attorney

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Brian Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Florida, United States and Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, of Blue Point, New York, USA started their cross-country trip on July 2, 2021. They travelled across the U.S. in her white 2012 Ford Transit van.

On August 12, 2021, Moab Police Department officers pulled Laundrie and Petito over after a 911 call by a witness who saw the couple fighting near Moonflower Community Cooperative in Moab, Utah, USA. According to the officers, the two both reported “they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime.” 

Petito was reported missing on September 11, 2021 and Laundrie was named a person of interest in the investigation on September 15, 2021. He was reported missing by his parents Christopher John “Chris” Laundrie, 62, and Roberta Maria Vinci Laundrie, 55, on September 17, 2021 and Petito was found dead near Grand Teton National Park in Teton County, Wyoming, USA on September 19, 2021.

Chris and Roberta originally told North Port Police Department officers that they had not seen Brian since September 14, 2021. However, Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing the Laundrie family, recently made major updates to the timeline in the case.

On October 5, 2021, Bertolino told Newsday that Brian took a commercial airline flight from Salt Lake City, Utah to Tampa, Florida on August 17, 2021. On August 23, 2021, Brian took a return flight to Salt Lake City to rejoin Petito, according to the attorney.

“Brian flew home to obtain some items and empty and close the storage unit to save money as they contemplated extending the road trip,” Bertolino explained. He added that to his knowledge, Brian and Petito paid for the flights as they were sharing expenses.

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On August 25, 2021, Gabby spoke to her mother on a FaceTime call. The mother had not heard from her daughter since then.

Between August 30, 2021 and September 1, 2021, Brian allegedly used a Capital One Bank debit card and personal identification number for accounts that did not belong to him for charges over $1,000. On September 1, 2021, he drove Petito’s van back to North Port without her.

On September 23, 2021, Brian was charged with unauthorized use of a debit card and an arrest warrant was issued for him. He is still missing.

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