NORTH PORT, Fla. – Brian Laundrie stole Gabby Petito’s bank card and used it to journey residence, the place he returned at first of September, “and then ran from the police,” Petito’s household spokesperson mentioned throughout an interview on Tuesday. 

Petito’s members of the family and the household’s lawyer and spokesperson, Richard Stafford, sat down for a 30-minute interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on his self-named present. It was the dad and mom’ first interview collectively since officers introduced on Sept. 21 that 22-year-old Petito had died of a murder. The reason behind her demise has not but been introduced. 

Police had beforehand named Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, as an individual of curiosity in reference to what was then her disappearance. On Sept. 23, the FBI issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie, accusing him of financial institution card fraud.

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Authorities alleged on the time that he used an unidentified individual’s Capital One card and the private identification quantity to cost or withdraw over $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, throughout which era Petito was nonetheless lacking. Neither investigators nor a spokesperson for Petito’s household would verify whether or not the cardboard belonged to Petito. 

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But talking to what he noticed as Laundrie’s “state of mind” as portrayed by Laundrie’s actions, Stafford described how Laundrie “stole her credit card.” 

“He used her credit card to get home and then ran from the police,” Stafford continued. “That’s going to show a lot what he was thinking back then.”

Laundrie household lawyer Steven Bertolino declined to remark. 

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Stafford later added: “I don’t know what story he’s going to try to tell, but it’s not going to make any sense when you put it together with his actions from that moment forward – that he’s running, that he’s hiding, that he’s trying to deceive everybody around him.”

The couple left for a cross-country journey in mid-June in a transformed white Ford Transit van with the plan to go to nationwide parks alongside the way in which. They had begun courting years earlier after assembly at their native Long Island, New York, highschool and had moved to North Port, Florida, to reside with Laundrie’s dad and mom. 

Laundrie, who’s now a fugitive, returned to the North Port residence within the couple’s van with out Petito. He has not been seen since Sept. 14 and remained on the run as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Petito was not reported lacking till Sept. 11, when her mom notified police in Suffolk County, New York. Authorities later seized the van from the Laundries’ residence. 

Her physique turned up close to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue present in his preliminary willpower that Petito was the sufferer of a murder, the FBI’s Denver Field Office introduced on Sept. 21.