The FBI said at a press conference that of a Florida woman who was reported missing after her fiance returned home from a months-long van trip and she wasn’t found in a national park in Wyoming. He said there were some suspected bodies left.
“Earlier today, a human corpse was found that matches Gabriel (Gabby) Petit’s description,” said Charles Jones of the F.BI. The agent belonged to Petito, 22, adding that a complete forensic identification to confirm the body had not been completed.
“On behalf of the FBI staff and our partners, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” said Jones, who did not ask questions at the press conference. “As all parents can imagine, this is a very difficult time for family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We want you to respect your privacy while mourning the loss of your daughter. I think.”
According to Jones, the cause of death had not been identified.
Jones said the ruins were found in the area of the Spread Creek Distributed Campground in the Bridger-Titon National Forest on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park, adding that the campsite would remain closed. According to Jones, anyone who was at the campsite from August 27th to August 30th was urged to contact the FBI.
The discovery of Petit’s body continued another search for his missing fiancé, Brian Laundry, 23, after his parents told police he hadn’t seen him for a few days. It seems to have ended.
Mr Laundry, whom police called “a person of interest,” refused to speak to the investigator through a lawyer, police said. His search began, including washing the vast Florida wildlife sanctuary, when his parents told police that he was also missing.
Petite’s father, Joseph Petite, posted a photo of her on Sunday night. twitter..
“She touched the world,” he said.
“I was sad and grieved when I learned that Gabby had died,” said the Northport Police Department.
The Petito family lawyer and Laundrie did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday night.
According to her family, when police, FBI agents, and a national park ranger searched for Petit in Wyoming, Florida officials said they were laundry at a shelter in a 24,565-acre park in Sarasota County, according to her family. I searched for him. It is called the Carlton Reserve. Police in North Port, Florida, on Sunday afternoon Said Their search in the Carlton Reserve ended that day and there were no new reports.
“We will continue to work with the FBI to find more answers,” they said.
Petito departed with Laundrie in July in a white Ford van equipped for cross-country adventures. On September 1, Laundry returned to his home in Northport, Florida, where he and his parents and Petit lived in a white van registered with his wife, which the couple used to travel. Petit.
According to police, 10 days later, on September 11, Petit was reported missing by her parents.
A few days after Petito was reported missing, authorities expressed “dissatisfaction” with his efforts to speak to Mr. Laundry, who had not been declared suspect in the case.
The case received widespread attention as reporters gathered outside Mr. Coin Laundry’s house and the general public examined the couple’s Instagram account.
Petite and Laundry were planning a four-month cross-country trip to the national park leaving New York on July 2, said Petite’s stepfather Jim Schmidt. The couple posted photos and hilarious updates on Instagram and YouTube, equipped their vans with beds, small bookshelves, plants and art.
But something didn’t seem to work in Moab, Utah, Petit’s family said.
Police reported that on August 12, police officers responded to reports of “domestic problems” after Mr. Laundry had “some discussion” with Mr. Petite and told him to take a walk and calm down.
Both Laundromat and Petit told police that they fell in love and were engaged in getting married and “did not want to see anyone charged with the crime.”
“The problems between the two have been growing over the last few days,” Laundry told a police officer.
During the encounter with the police, Petit said she was crying and suffering from anxiety. Body camera image Of the episode. Police reported that Petit had slapped Laundry for fear of “leaving her in Moab without a vehicle.”
Both told police that the episode should be classified as a “break” of mental / emotional health, not as domestic violence.
In the report, police described Mr. Laundry as a victim of the incident. They arranged for Petit to stay at the hotel that night while he had the van. According to the report, no claim was made.
In a social media post published around August 12, the couple recorded their trip, including a photo of Petit posing in the background of nature. In the YouTube video, the couple kissed, scaled the rocks, and laughed as the Utah sun melted Laundry’s granola chocolate.
“I love vans,” Petit smiled at the laundromat.
Petit, the oldest of the six brothers, worked as a pharmacy technician to save money on a trip. She met Mr. Laundry at Bayport-Blue Point High School in Long Island, Schmidt said. He said they started dating after graduation and moved to Florida two years ago.
In a post from 2020, the couple expressed excitement about their future.
Alan Yuhas contributed to the report.
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