Minggu, 19 September 2021

US police find body believed to be missing woman Gabby Petito - 9News

US police searching in national parklands in the US state of Wyoming have found a body believed to be missing young woman Gabby Petito.

Although the body is yet to be formally identified, FBI Denver supervisory senior resident Charles Jones told reporters the remains were consistent with a description of Ms Petito and her family had been notified.

The cause of death is not known at this time.

The body was found in the Grand Teton National Park, the same general area where law enforcement had been searching for the 22-year-old.

Gabby Petito
Police searching for Gabby Petito have found a body. (Instagram)

"First and foremost, on behalf of the FBI personnel and our partners, I would like to extend sincere, sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby's family," Mr Jones said.

"As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect the privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter."

Over the weekend, police were also searching in Florida for Ms Petito's 23-year-old boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who has been named a person of interest in her disappearance.

Mr Laundrie and Ms Petito, 22, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the US West.

Police said Mr Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, on September 1.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in a photo on his Instagram page. (Instagram)

Ms Petito's family filed a missing persons report September 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.

"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 said in a statement. It added that the investigation is now a "multiple missing person" case.

Mr Laundrie's family members told investigators that the last time they saw him was on Tuesday when they believe he went to the wildlife reserve in the Sarasota area.

Ms Petito's family had been pleading for the Laundrie family to tell them where their son last saw her.

Gabby Petito
Gabby Petito went missing while on a hike. (Instagram)

Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie were childhood sweethearts who met while growing up on Long Island, New York. His parents later moved to North Port, about 55 kilometres south of Sarasota.

The couple's trek in the Fort Transit van began in July from Long Island. They intended to reach Oregon by the end of October according to their social media accounts, but Ms Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said.

The van Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were travelling in.
The van Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were travelling in. (Instagram)

The FBI in Denver said Saturday that agents have begun conducting ground surveys at Grand Teton National Park, with help from the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies, seeking clues to Ms Petito's disappearance.

FBI agents tweeted that they were focusing on an undeveloped camping area near Spread Creek on the east boundary of the park, which was closed to the public during the surveys.

They urged anybody who had been there between Aug. 27 and 30, and had seen Ms Petito, Mr Laundrie or their vehicle, to contact them.

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2021-09-19 22:28:43Z

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