Prosecutors Say Laundrie A Flight Risk, Want Him Jailed If Found

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By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily

Federal prosecutors are asking that once the missing boyfriend of Gabby Petito is found, he be detained prior to his trial on a federal charge of unlawful use of a credit card.

In a petition to the U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, prosecutors alleged that prior to his trial, there is a risk Brian Laundrie could flee and pose a risk to the community.

Prosecutors asked for a hearing on the motion on Monday.

Officials in Florida continued their search Friday for Laundrie, who was reported missing one week ago. He remains a “person of interest” in the death of Petito, whose body was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sept. 19.

A warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest by the federal court in Cheyenne. The warrant does not accuse Laundrie of any role in Petito’s death, but accuses of him of unlawfully using a credit card in the days following her disappearance.

Petito and Laundrie had been traveling the country in a van. On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to his home in Florida with the fan and without Petito. She was reported missing on Sept. 11.

Since returning to his home, Laundrie has not cooperated with law enforcement officers in the investigation into Petito’s disappearance and death.

Laundrie was reported missing by his family on Sept. 17.

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