Police and FBI agents looking for the disappeared Gabby Petito in a Wyoming National Park found this Sunday a body "which coincides" with that of the 22-year-old woman, but said that they had not yet done a formal identification of the remains.
The body was discovered in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Spread Creek's dispersed camp, where the order forces had run their search, said FBI Charles Jones spokesman.
"Today, human remains have been discovered today that coincide with those of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito," Jones said at a press conference.
"Complete forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we have found Gabby, but his family has been notified of this discovery," Jones said, adding that the cause of death was still to be determined.
The place was not far from where two travel bloggers filmed the couple van, seemingly abandoned, along a dirt road near Spread Creek on the night of August 27, two days after the last confirmed contact of Petito with his family.
The members of the Petito Family reported their disappearance on September 11, 10 days after their 23-year-old boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, returned home after a trip of several months through the country in the van without her.
Petito's father, Joseph Petito, published a photograph of his daughter on Twitter after the Press Conference on Sunday. The photo, which shows her foot between two painted wings, was subtitled with a broken heart and the words: "She touched the world."
Before disappearing, Laundrie had refused to speak with the researchers and had hired a lawyer.
North Port's police said he only learned by Laundrie's family on Friday she had been missing for three days. Since then they have been looking for LAUNDRIE in a Natural Reserve of almost 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) near North Port, without success.
"Entry and with a broken heart knowing that Gabby has been found dead," said North Port police on Twitter. "Our focus from the beginning, together with the FBI, and the national partners, has been bringing her home, we will continue working with the FBI in the search for more answers."
Petito and Laundrie left their native state, New York, in June, addressing west in the van with plans to visit national parks along the way and documenting the trip on social networks.
Petito published his last photo on August 25. She believes she was heading to the Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, when he had the last news of her. She saw her for the last time coming out of a Salt Lake City hotel on August 24.
Last week, Moab police (Utah) made public the images of the body cameras of a meeting that two of their agents had with the couple on August 12 during traffic control.
In the video, Petito describes between sobs a discussion with Laundrie who, according to her, became physical at some moments. The agents did not stop the couple but insisted that they will spend the night separately, Petito in the van and Laundrie in a hotel.Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 01:12