The search continues for Brian Laundrie, who authorities say is a person of interest in the murder of his fiancé Gabby Petito. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the manhunt last Friday, and DeSantis made clear that he wants justice.
“You know, my view would be, it’s a little disappointing that we still don’t have this guy’s whereabouts,” Fox News quoted DeSantis as telling the network’s Miami correspondent Phil Keating at a press conference.
DeSantis tells reporters that if guilty, Laundrie should face “justice”
“This is obviously somebody that would be a suspect when something like this happens,” the governor went on to say of Laundrie. “Clearly there [were] things going on here with the family.”
“So I hope that he’s apprehended and brought to justice if, in fact, he was the one that is guilty of this, because it’s a really sad thing — this is a very beautiful young girl with a lot of potential,” he added.
DeSantis noted note how Petito was “really loved” by many people and that the circumstances surrounding her death are “heartbreaking.”
Petito’s body was discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest where she had been traveling with Laundrie, and the cause of her death was determined by Teton County’s coroner to be strangulation.
Federal authorities say Laundrie used his fiancé’s credit card after she went missing
Although not yet officially a suspect in Petito’s murder, Fox News reported that the FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest on fraud charges.
Federal authorities say that Laundrie charged over a thousand dollars in expenses to one of Petito’s credit cards after she went missing.
Richard Stafford serves as the Petito family’s attorney, and he said Laundrie’s actions suggest that he was trying to evade law enforcement.
“He used her credit card to get home and then ran from the police,” Stafford asserted. “That’s going to show a lot what he was thinking back then.”
On Saturday, Fox News tweeted out footage showing a group of protesters who had gathered outside the Florida home of Laudrie’s parents.
In the clip, people could be seen walking in front of the house while holding signs and chanting, “Justice for Gabby.”