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FBI Agents Visit Brian Laundrie's Home To Get Personal Items For 'DNA Matching,' Attorney Says
Authorities are still searching for Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend Gabby Petito.
The FBI made a visit to the home of Brian Laundrie’s parents on Sunday to get items to assist in “DNA matching,” as the search for him continues, the family’s attorney said.
“The FBI requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” the family’s attorney Steven Bertolino told Fox News.
The agents left the home around 11 a.m. carrying a brown paper bag.
The FBI field office in Denver, which is leading the investigation, declined to provide any details to The New York Post about what was recovered.
The visit came nearly a week after FBI agents converged on the property to serve a search warrant at the North Port, Florida home, loading boxes and suitcases into unmarked vehicles before leaving about six hours later.
His parents told authorities the 23-year-old disappeared on Sept. 14 after telling his parents he was going for a hike at Sarasota County’s Carlton Reserve.
The couple had been traveling cross-country together in a converted camper van when Petito disappeared at the end of August.
Laundrie returned in the couple’s van to his home in North Port, Florida—where they had once lived together—on Sept. 1 alone and refused to cooperate with investigators about his girlfriend’s whereabouts before disappearing himself, authorities have said.
The U.S. District Court of Wyoming has issued a warrant for his arrest, alleging unauthorized use of a debit card between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.
Petito’s family laid the 22-year-old to rest at a memorial service in Long Island on Sunday with more than 1,000 people in attendance.
Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, urged others to be inspired by her loving and adventurous spirit.
“I want you to take a look at these pictures, and I want you to be inspired by Gabby,” he said, according to Fox News. “If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now while you have the time. If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, leave it now.”
"The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media" will air on Oxygen on Monday, January 24 at 9/8c. It's also available to stream on Peacock now.