Brian Laundrie is the subject of a federal arrest warrant after a grand jury indicted him for his “use of unauthorised devices” following his partner Gabby Petito’s death
A woman claims she picked up Brian Laundrie while he was hitchhiking last month and dropped him off at the site where the body of his partner Gabby Petito was discovered.
Norma Jean Jalovec said she gave Laundrie, 23, a ride in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, on August 29, two days after Ms Petito, 22, was last seen.
She said Laundrie had got into the front seat of her jeep at about 6.15pm after she saw him “walking backward and holding out his thumb” in an attempt to hitch a ride.
While she drove, Laundrie told her he had spent time hiking and seen elk and moose, and that he had a fiance, she said.
After asking her to drop him off at the gates of the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground, he reportedly became agitated and tried to “get out of the moving car” after she offered to drop him off closer to the campsite.
Speaking to Fox News, Ms Jalovec said she did not make the connection until after seeing a TikTok video by Miranda Baker in which she also claims she and her boyfriend had picked Laundrie up in the park on the same day.
Brian Laundrie is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for events following the death of Ms Petito, whose body was found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground on Sunday.
The couple had been travelling together on a “van life” trip through Kansas, Colorado and Utah when she disappeared.
Witnesses last saw Ms Petito on August 24 as she left a Salt Lake City hotel.
She posted her final photo the next day and was reported missing by her family on September 11.
In identifying her remains, Teton County medical examiners ruled Ms Petito’s death a homicide but did not make the cause of her death public.
Laundrie is the subject of a warrant in connection with “activities” following Ms Petito’s death and has not been charged in her death.
He is suspected of using a debit card and PIN for accounts not belonging to him for charges of more than $1,000 (£730) sometime between August 30 and September 1, according to the indictment.
Ms Petito’s family have announced that a memorial visitation open to the public will be held at a funeral home in Holbrook, New York this Sunday.