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Brian Laundrie ‘extremely likely’ to get more charges

Additional criminal charges against Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie are “extremely likely” in the death of Gabby Petito — if he’s found alive, a Sunshine State prosecutor says.

“That’s coming,” said David Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, adding that Laundrie’s decision to flee will also hurt his case if he’s ever caught and charged.

“At trial, his flight can come back to haunt him because the prosecutors can point to that,” Aronberg said during a recent interview with News Nation Now.

“In fact, it’s even in some jury instructions that says that if you flee, that is consciousness of guilt and juries hate it when you flee,” he said.

Laundrie, 23, has been on the run since his parents said he left their North Port home and went for a hike on Sept. 14 and never returned.

He refused to cooperate with police after returning home from the couple’s ill-fated cross-country trip without Petito, a 22-year-old Long Island native, on Sept. 1.

State Attorney Dave Aronberg has said Brian Laundrie could face even more charges once he is caught. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

An FBI agent talks with North Port officers while they collect evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie.Octavio Jones/Getty Images

FBI agents take away evidence from the home of Brian Laundrie to use in the manhunt.Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Attorney Dave Aronberg also stated that Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, could also ultimately be implicated.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Petito’s body was found at a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19, with a coroner declaring her death a homicide — although the cause has not been released.

The FBI has led a massive manhunt for Laundrie and raided the Laundrie home last month, returning at least twice more for evidence.

Although Laundrie has not been charged in her death, he is the subject of a federal fraud warrant out of Wyoming for allegedly using someone else’s bank card to pocket at least $1,000 in cash and merchandise.

Brian Laundrie has been missing since he left home on September 14, 2021, for a hike. He is now the target of a massive manhunt. Twitter

The feds have not revealed if it was Petito’s card.

According to Aronberg, Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, could also ultimately be implicated in the case if it turns out they helped their son flee or cover up a crime.

“The parents of Brian Laundrie, they have done everything possible to incriminate themselves in the court of public opinion,” the prosecutors said. “But in the court of the law, that is different.

“Under the law, to be charged as an accessory after the fact, you need to know that Brian committed a crime and then you have to do something to prevent his punishment or his arrest,” he said.

“So, for example, if they sanitized the van, that’ll get them hooked for a crime,” he added. “If they hid evidence, if they bought him a plane ticket to get out of town because they knew he was involved in a crime, then you would see prosecutors getting ready to file charges right away. But we don’t have that evidence yet.”

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