Gabby Petito update: Body found ‘consistent’ with vlogger’s remains, officials say
A body discovered in a national park in Wyoming was found to be “consistent with the description” of Gabby Petito, a Florida vlogger reported missing earlier this month, officials say.
The update came on Sunday during a press conference held by the FBI and U.S. National Park Services.
“Earlier today human remains were discovered consistent with Gabrielle Petito,” said Charles Jones of FBI Denver.
“The vicinity around Spread Creek campsite will remain closed to the public until further notice.”
Jones said that the body was still awaiting a full forensic identification, but that Petito’s family has been notified. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
He added that they were still continuing to look for more information from anyone near the campsite in Grand Teton National Park between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30.
Petito, 22, has not been seen since her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, returned home to Florida from a cross-country trip without her.
Her last appearance was on Aug. 24, after video footage showed the both of them checking out of a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, authorities said.
Laundrie initially refused to co-operate with or speak to authorities on Petito’s disappearance except through statements from his lawyer, and he has since been named a “person of interest” in the investigation.
On Friday, Laundrie’s family said he too had gone missing after North Port Police went to his home. Following their visit, police said in a statement that the family claimed he was not seen since Tuesday and that the Laundries’ lawyer had talked to them “about the disappearance of their son.”
“We understand the community’s frustration, we are frustrated too,” read the police’s statement.
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