Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds. The cause of death not yet been determined, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones. “Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified,” Jones said. “This is an incredibly difficult time for (Petito’s) family and friends.”An attorney who has been acting as a spokesman for the Petito family could not be reached immediately for comment.
Twenty-two-year-old Gabby Petito was reported missing six days ago, and her family has not heard from her since late August while she was on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
Petito and Laundrie departed from Long Island, New York (where Petitio is originally from) on July 2 to travel cross-country in her white 2012 Ford Transit van. Social media posts from Petito showed that the van was outfitted as a camper.
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The couple was documenting their trip on social media, and her family has said that during her trip, Petito continued to communicate with them. However, that communication ceased toward the end of August.
On August 12, the Moab City Police Department in Utah encountered the couple during a traffic stop after receiving reports of disorderly conduct. According to a police report, Petito and Laundrie were "engaged in some sort of altercation," when police stopped them.
Recently released body camera footage showed both Petito and Laundrie speaking with Moab City Police officers. The police report said that an argument between the two led to a physical fight. However, Petito and Laundrie told police that "they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn't wish to see anyone charged with a crime," the police report said.
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The site was spotted on Monday evening at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite, although it remains unclear when the cross was created or who placed it there. "We have found what appears to be a memorial in the area where law enforcement searched for and eventually found the remains of who law enforcement believes to be Gabby Petito," Fox13 reporter Sydney Glenn tweeted around 8 p.m. local time on Monday. "This is in the area of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area," Glenn added.
The Moab City Police Department advised the couple to separate for the night and said that they didn't see a reason to file charges.
After the encounter with police in Utah, it is believed that the couple continued their cross-country journey and traveled into Wyoming. The North Port Police Department in Florida, which is investigating her disappearance, said that her family's last communicated with Petito "during the last week of August." Petito was living in North Port with Laundrie and his family before the road trip.
"Prior to the last communication, Petito is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming," the North Port Police Department said.
A GoFundMe page set up to help aid in the search for Petito said that she was, "Last known to be in Grand Teton, Wyoming on 8/25/21 heading towards Yellowstone National Park after traveling and camping extensively over the last couple of months."
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Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the disappearance of his fiancée, "van life" vlogger Gabby Petito, 22, whose body is believed to have been found in Wyoming Sunday, say police"Please be aware, the Carlton Reserve is a vast and unforgiving location at times," North Port Police PIO Josh Taylor said in a release Tuesday morning announcing that authorities were returning to the sprawling reserve to search for Laundrie, 23, who is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
During a recent press conference, Petito family attorney Richard Stafford said that Petito's last communication with her family occurred on August 30, however, the family said that they do not believe the messages were from their daughter.
According to the North Port Police Department, Laundrie returned to his parents' residence in North Port on September 1, in the van that he and Petito were traveling in.
On September 11, ten days after Laundrie returned home to Florida, Petito's family reported her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department on Long Island, New York.
According to the North Port Police Department, when officers attempted to speak with Laundrie after Petito was reported missing, his parents told officers to contact his lawyer.
"We don't know what Brian knows, that's the bottom line," Josh Taylor, a spokesperson for the North Port Police Department said. "We are hopeful to talk to him. He needs to talk to us. We need to know exactly where he was, where she was, their last locations, and the fact he was back here for 10 days. Again, the family reported her missing 10 days later. "
Day 4 of search in Florida park for Gabby Petito's boyfriend
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Search teams fanned out Wednesday at a Florida wilderness park to search for the boyfriend of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who authorities say was killed while on a cross-country trip with him. The search resumed around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the 24,000-acre (9,700-hectare) Carlton Reserve park, North Port police spokesperson Joshua Taylor said. Investigators say Brian Laundrie's parents told them he had gone there after returning home without Petito on Sept. 1.
In a press release on September 15, the North Port Police Department said that while they have "no information that a crime occurred here in North Port," they named Laundrie a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
Laundrie's attorney issued a statement regarding his silence on the matter, saying, "In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this, and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to with Ms. Petito's disappearance. As such, on the advice of counsel, Mr. Laundrie is not speaking on the matter."
Petito's family has expressed anger and disappointment over Laundrie's silence and they recently issued a statement criticizing him for abandoning their daughter "in the wilderness with grizzly bears and wolves while he sits in the comfort of his home. In his home!"
During a press conference on Thursday, the Petito's family attorney read another letter they wrote to Laundrie's parents, which said, "We are writing this letter to ask you to help find our beautiful daughter. We understand you are going through a difficult time and your instinct to protect your son is strong. We ask you to put yourselves in our shoes. We haven't been able to sleep or eat and our lives are falling apart."
Gabby Petito's Family Demands Laundrie's Lawyer Stop Using Her Image to Drum Up Business
A letter from the Petito family's lawyer demands that Laundrie's lawyer "cease and desist posting pictures" of Petito by 2 p.m. on Wednesday.In a September 22 letter sent by Richard B. Stafford, the Petito family's lawyer, Stafford wrote Bertolino, "The Petito and Schmidt family are demanding that you remove Gabby Petito's picture from your Yelp page.
"We believe you know the location where Brian left Gabby. We beg you to tell us," the letter continued. "As a parent how could you let us go through this pain and not help us. As a parent how could you put Gabby's younger brothers and sisters through this...All we want is Gabby to come home. Please help us make that happen."
Additionally, the Grand County Sheriff's Office in Utah is looking into any possible connection between Petito's case and a double homicide there.
According to the Grand County Sheriff's Office, on August 18, Crystal Turner, 38, and Kylen Schulte, 24, were found dead at a campsite in Moab. A police report obtained by Fox News said that Schulte was employed at the Moonflower co-op, which was the same store where Petito and Laundrie got into an argument on August 12.
On Thursday, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said that they were in contact with Florida authorities and were "actively looking into any connection between the Gabby Petito missing person case and the double homicide that occurred in Grand County."
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Cops Who Pulled Over ‘Van-Life’ Couple Were Told Fiancé ‘Hit’ Gabby Petito .
Police officers in Moah, Utah, responding to reports of a dispute between doomed “van-life” couple Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie, who is now a person of interest in her homicide, were told by dispatch that Laundrie had reportedly hit Petito during the Aug. 12 argument, newly released audio reveals. “RP [reporting party] states a male hit a female,” the police dispatcher says over the radio. “Domestic. He got into a white Ford Transit van. Has a black ladder on the back. Florida plate… The female who got hit, they both—the male and the female—both got into the van and headed north.