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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he hopes fugitive Brian Laundry will be “caught and brought to justice” if officers and a jury eventually find him guilty of the crime.

DeSantis’ remarks came after a press conference in North Port, Florida – where Brian Laundry lived with his parents and deceased fiancé, Gabby Petito – during which the governor announced a $1.69 million grant to the city to help with job creation. announced.

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DeSantis directs state police to help find Brian Laundry

“You know, I would think, it’s a little disappointing that we still don’t have this guy’s whereabouts,” DeSantis said in response to a question about laundry from Granthshala News Miami correspondent Phil Keating.

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“This is clearly someone who would be suspicious if something like this happened,” said DeSantis, a father of two daughters. “Obviously there [were] Things going on here with family. So I hope she is caught and brought to justice, if indeed, she was the one who was guilty of it, because that’s a really sad thing – this is a very beautiful young girl with a lot of potential. Huh. And a lot of people really loved her, and it’s really heartwarming to see.”

Brian Laundry Update: Where Does Search Stand Now?

According to the North Port Police Department, law enforcement continued a search for laundry at Mykahatchi Creek Environmental Park in North Port on Friday, while conducting “special response team training.” The park is adjacent to the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Reserve, where law enforcement has been searching for Brian Laundry for weeks.

Laundry, 23, is a fugitive wanted on debit card fraud charges and an individual with an interest in Pettito’s murder, which a coroner on Tuesday ruled as murder by strangulation. The pair were traveling cross country in a Ford Transit van before Petito’s parents reported her missing on September 11.

North Port returned home on September 1 in a van without a laundry. He has been named as a person of interest in the case, and his whereabouts have been unknown for weeks. His parents had reported his disappearance to the North Port Police on 17 September.

on 23 september, FBI Arrest warrant issued for laundry alleging bank card fraud. Authorities alleged at the time that he used an unidentified person’s Capital One card and personal identification number to charge or withdraw more than $1,000 between August 30 and September 1, when Petito was missing.