Gabby Petito death: Florida lawyer puts $20,000 bounty on Brian Laundrie
NORTH PORT, FLORIDA: A prominent Florida attorney has put a $20,000 bounty on Brian Laundrie — Gabby Petito's boyfriend who is believed to be hiding in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
"I think a missing child is every parent's worst nightmare," Tatiana Boohoff, a lawyer and mother of two, told Fox News on Friday.
Laundrie is a person of interest in the death of Petito whose remains were found Sunday in Wyoming. While Petito's death was ruled a homicide, the specific cause of death is still pending final autopsy results
The couple had been travelling in a 2012 Ford Transit van — which they had transformed into a mobile home — for several weeks before Laundrie returned home to Florida alone on September 1. He did not contact police or the Petito family on his return.
According to Laundrie's parents — Chris and Roberta — he spent two weeks at their North Point home before leaving for a hiking trip on September 14. But they reported him missing three days later, on September 17.
Laundrie's parents have been slammed for remaining tight-lipped with police. As the nationwide manhunt for Laundrie continues, many on social media have also accused his parents of lying he was at their Florida home to buy him more time to escape.
"Our hearts go out to her family and to the community, and we hope that together we can get some answers and get justice for Gabby," Boohoff said.
Authorities are also inundated with a flurry of alleged sightings of Laundrie — in Florida, Alabama, Canada and even Mexico — but investigations have not borne fruit.
Outraged by these developments, Boohoof, who has two children aged 7 and 17, announced a reward of $20,000 to the first person to supply information leading directly to the "exact whereabouts" of Laundrie.
One of Boohoff's four offices is in North Point, just 3.5 miles from the Laundrie home, where protesters had gathered last week imploring for more information.
"We have an office in North Port, and our employees work and live there," Boohoff said. "We serve clients there – and we want to do what we can to help find answers and get justice."
Boohoff has already received a number of tips, which she forwarded to the FBI. She’s asking anyone else with leads to go directly to investigators.
On September 24, the FBI issued a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie for his "use of unauthorized devices" following her death.
The single-count indictment from the U.S. District Court of Wyoming alleges that from August 30 to September 1, Laundrie "knowingly and with intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices, namely a Capital One Bank debit card [...] and a personal identification number for Capital One Bank accounts." The indictment alleges that Laundrie "obtained things of value aggregating to $1,000 or more."
On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito. pic.twitter.com/SSrBVbAeBs— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021
"While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito's homicide," FBI Denver Special Agent in charge Michael Schneider said in a press release.
The FBI has asked that anyone with information on Laundrie’s whereabouts to contact officials at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit information online at tips.fbi.gov.