The FBI Denver office, after searching a specific camping area in Wyoming, has confirmed that they have located a body that is “consistent with the description” of 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Based on the news release below, it is certain that the body is that of Petito.
The live update has concluded and we will share a recording soon. Our statement is attached & we have no additional comment at this time. #FBIDenver & our partners extend our condolences to Gabby's family. We thank the public for your generous support of this investigation. pic.twitter.com/kZiSVmJtqv— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 19, 2021
Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased. 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.— North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) September 19, 2021
Petito was on a cross-country trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, when Laundrie arrived back to his Florida home on September in Petito’s van alone.
Laundrie has refused to speak with police regarding Petito’s disappearance, and is now missing himself.
This is a sad end to a story that has gripped the nation, and now everyone is asking why. Since Laundrie is missing himself, there may never be answers.
Laundrie is said to have left his home this past Tuesday, his family reporting him missing days later.
We began covering this story here, and it’s turned into the same type of stories that we cover: We are responsible for our own safety. This story is not typical of what we cover, but it is a terribly important reminder of the importance of securing our own safety. That comes in many forms, including picking out warning signs of those around us.
We can only hope that Luandrie is found alive, and that he is willing to answer questions as to what happened.
An autopsy will be conducted, and many pieces of evidence will be collected and put together. There is certainly a long road ahead.
Our hearts go out to the Petito family.