ONLINE sleuths are questioning how Brian Laundrie can afford to be on the run – after he claimed to cops he could not pay for a hotel.

The missing fiancé of Gabby Petito was booked into a room for domestic abuse survivors after Utah police pulled the couple over on August 12, records show.


That came after Laundrie told officers he could not afford to stay in a hotel after cops said the pair needed to be separated for the night.

Since then Laundrie has returned to his parent's home in North Port in Florida and is now on the run.

On Twitter, one user said police should be checking his bank record "to see if he has spent any money or took out a large sum of cash."

Another said: "Brian Laundrie said he had no money to get a hotel for the night when the cops pulled them over.

"So how did he get the money to travel half way across the country back home safe."

Gabby's body was found in a Wyoming national park on Sunday.

The coroner’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. Her official cause of death is still pending.

Authorities are still searching for her Laundrie, who remains a person of interest.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…

He and Gabby were roughly two months into a four-month adventure when Laundrie returned to home alone with their van on September 1.

After dating in high school and then breaking up the couple reconciled, moving to Florida to live with Brian's family.

They are said to have pooled their money to buy the Ford Transit van they would make their journey in, transforming it into a living space.

The couple's friend Ben Matula told People: "They were living the dream that we all want. They were having the adventure of a lifetime."

But the couple were said to have been involved in an explosive argument with a waitress at a Wyoming restaurant on the day that Gabby is believed to have last been seen alive.

Bodycam footage released by Utah cops also shows a domestic dispute between Laundrie and Gabby on August 12.

TikTok sleuths have been behind a huge effort to solve Gabby's disappearance with the vlogger's hashtag viewed nearly 800 million times.

Social media users have debated and discussed a number of tips and clues in the case, with some even talking to the authorities about what they saw.

A days-long search of the reserve has yielded no trace of Laundrie.

On Wednesday, an underwater recovery team was summoned to Carlton Reserve as part of the search.


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