U.S. law enforcement said on Sunday that a body found in a U.S. national forest in Wyoming, where a search was underway for Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, matches the description of the missing woman, whose disappearance has seized. the country.
U.S. authorities launched a massive search for Petito, 22, when her family filed a missing person report on September 11, after she mysteriously disappeared on a road trip with her boyfriend.
After a body was found in Wyoming’s main search area on Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the remains matched Petito’s description.
“Earlier today, human remains were found as described by Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” FBI agent Charles Jones told a press conference.
“Full forensic identification has not been done to 100% confirm that we have found Gabby, but her family have been made aware of this discovery,” he said, adding that the cause of death was had not been determined.
The FBI and other law enforcement were looking for Petito in a national forest in the western state of Wyoming, where the couple were when Petito last contacted his parents in late August, his family said.
“I want to express my sincere and sincere condolences to Gabby’s family,” Jones added.
“We ask all of you to respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”
Petito quit his job and packed his life in an RV for a cross-country adventure in July with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, documenting their trip in an idyllic Instagram post feed.
But more than two weeks ago, Laundrie returned home alone to North Port, Fla. In Petito’s van. Ten days later, her family filed a missing person report.
Laundrie was declared a “person of interest” in the case and refused to cooperate with the police.
The mystery deepened after Laundrie’s disappearance.
‘Saddened and heartbroken’ –
North Port Police said on Friday Laundrie’s parents claimed they had not seen their son for several days.
In a statement, the police stressed that although he was a person of interest, “he is not wanted for a crime”.
Following the FBI’s announcement on Sunday, North Port Police tweeted that the force was “saddened and heartbroken” by the news.
“Our goal from the start, with the FBI and domestic partners, has been to bring (Petito) home. We will continue to work with the FBI in finding more answers.”
The couple embarked on their journey across the United States from New York on the East Coast, posting photos of gorgeous views of the American West and the two smiling happily beside their little white pickup truck.
In a YouTube video posted during their trip, Petito and Laundrie are shown kissing tenderly, enjoying a sunset together, and strolling on a beach.
However, in August, Utah police responded to a report of domestic violence involving Petito and Laundrie.
Police body camera footage released by US media shows a distraught Petito claiming she had an altercation with Laundrie.
Speaking to a police officer after their van has been pulled over, Petito is seen crying and saying she has mental health issues.
Petito said she slapped Laundrie after an argument, but added that she didn’t want to hurt.
“We just got into a fight this morning, personal issues,” she said.
“He wouldn’t let me get in the car before … he told me I had to calm down.”
Laundrie told police Petito tried to get the keys to the van from her and pushed her before she hit him with her phone.
The policeman decided that no charges would be laid, but ordered the couple to spend a night separately to calm down.
The news of Petito’s disappearance sparked a flood of calls to help him find her on social media.
His father, Joe Petito, has asked anyone with information about his fate to contact authorities, adding that an anonymous whistleblower line has been set up.
Jones said on Sunday that the public response to a request for tips had been “remarkable” and that investigators continued to seek information relating to Petito and Laundrie.
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