Gabby Petito probe may become messy if her body was moved after she died and could 'delay killer's prosecution'

Gabby Petito probe may become messy if her body was moved after she died and could 'delay killer's prosecution'

THE investigation into Gabby Petito's death may become a legal nightmare depending on where she was killed, according to law enforcement sources.

Officials told TMZ that the location of where the tragic vlogger, 22, died may mean the case is either dealt with by federal or state authorities.

They are currently trying to establish whether the Wyoming national park – where Gabby's body was found – was also the scene of her death.

That's because the Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest Service is federal land.

If Gabby was killed elsewhere then that may fall under state jurisdiction.


Sources say if there is no way to determine where her death took place then the US attorney will prosecute.

That's because where her body was found will become the default.

But if state authorities believe her body was moved there they could then be at odds with federal officials.

The hunt for Gabby's missing fiance Brian Laundrie continued on Thursday with police reportedly finding a “fresh campsite” in their search.

Police and FBI agents were seen scouring the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday.  


A source close to the Laundrie family revealed “traces” of a makeshift camp had been spotted in the park, CNN reports.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the very latest news and updates…

Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family attorney, revealed that the fugitive’s dad Christopher would join the search.

He told Fox News: “Chris Laundrie was asked to assist law enforcement in their search for Brian at the preserve today.

"Since the preserve has been closed to the public, Chris has not been able to look for Brian in the only place Chris and Roberta believe Brian may be.”


Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after allegedly telling his parents that he was going for a hike in the reserve.

The fugitive’s Ford Mustang was found 16 miles from the site, according to a redacted vehicle report.

Papers reveal that the car was found in the Myakkahatchee Environmental Park in Florida.

The Laundrie family appears to have changed the timeline of events they had originally shared with police.

According to a statement released by the family's attorney Steven Bertolino on Tuesday, Brian actually "left to hike in the preserve" on Monday, September 13, not Tuesday, September 14 as his parents originally stated.


Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.

"After consulting with the FBI and confirming the day Brian’s Mustang was found and returned to the Laundries’ home, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday September 13.

The FBI issued an arrest warrant, accusing Laundrie of swiping a Capital One debit card between August 31 and September 1.

Laundrie remains at large but there have been a series of alleged sightings in parts of Florida, Mexico, Canada, and along the Appalachian Trail. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.

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