DENVER (NewsNation Now) — FBI Denver confirmed Sunday that continues to be present in Wyoming match the outline of lacking YouTuber Gabby Petito. The physique was present in Teton Park.
“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with Gabrielle Petito,” FBI spokesman Charles Jones mentioned. “Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery.”
Jones mentioned the reason for demise was but to be decided.
Shortly after the FBI replace, Petito’s father tweeted a picture of her with wings.
An legal professional who has been performing as a spokesman for Petito’s household requested in an announcement that the household be given room to grieve.
Attorney Richard Benson Stafford indicated that the household would make a public assertion at a later date, and he thanked officers with the FBI, Grand Teton Search and Rescue and different companies that participated within the seek for Petito.
“The family and I will be forever grateful,” Stafford mentioned in an announcement.
Jones mentioned investigators are nonetheless searching for info from anybody who could have seen Petito or Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old man that authorities contemplate an individual of curiosity in her disappearance, round some tenting websites situated on the park’s jap boundary, the identical website that was the topic of a legislation enforcement search efforts over the weekend.
NewsNation’s Brian Entin posted a tweet with an announcement from the Laundrie household legal professional Sunday night.
Meanwhile, greater than 50 legislation enforcement officers began a second day of looking out in an enormous wildlife space close to Florida’s Gulf Coast for Laundrie.
The seek for Laundrie resumed on the greater than 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, a wildlife space with greater than 100 miles of trails, in addition to campgrounds.
Laundrie and Petito, 22, left in July on a cross-country trek in a transformed van to go to nationwide parks within the U.S. West.
Police mentioned Laundrie was alone when he drove the van again to his dad and mom’ house in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Petito’s household filed a lacking individuals report Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.
Laundrie has been recognized as an individual of curiosity within the case.
“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police mentioned in an announcement.
Laundrie’s members of the family informed investigators that the final time they noticed him was Tuesday, after they consider he went to the wildlife reserve within the Sarasota space.
Petito’s household had been pleading for the Laundrie household to inform them the place their son final noticed her. Petito and Laundrie have been childhood sweethearts who met whereas rising up on Long Island, New York. His dad and mom later moved to North Port, about 35 miles south of Sarasota.
“Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased,” North Port police mentioned on Twitter. “Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers.”
On Aug. 12, Moab City Police in Utah responded to experiences of an alleged physical interaction between Petito and Laundrie. Hour-long physique digital camera footage from the investigation reveals officers responding to the 911 name with Petito crying “uncontrollably,” saying the pair had been having “little arguments” that day.
The couple’s trek within the Ford Transit van started in July from Long Island. They supposed to achieve Oregon by the top of October, in line with their social media accounts, however Petito vanished after her final identified contact with household in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities mentioned.
Stuart Kaplan, a former FBI particular agent, informed NewsNationNow.com he believes the case will now be “quickly resolved or solved” due to the sources the FBI has.
“That is where the FBI is at its best because of their ability to bring in resources that, quite frankly, the local and state law enforcement agencies do not have,” Kaplan mentioned.
See Kaplan’s interview about the place the case stands now within the participant beneath.