Crime Mysterious Stone Memorial Found at Gabby Petito Search Area
Timeline of the Gabby Petito case
Local and federal authorities are looking for 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family over the weekend after she had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. © From Gabby Petito/Instagram A photo of Gabby Petito taken from her Instagram account Laundrie returned to the pair's North Port, Florida, home earlier this month without Petito and is now refusing to talk to authorities, police say. Petito's family and their attorneys have pleaded with Laundrie and his family to cooperate and help bring the girl home.
A collection of stones assembled to form what appears to be a makeshift memorial has been found in the same area where investigators found remains believed to be missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito.
About a dozen white stones arranged in a cross were spotted in the dirt next to a river in an area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
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.
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.
"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.
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 #GabbyPetito @fox13 This is in the area of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area pic.twitter.com/QLKgNJNFyn— Sydney Glenn (@SydneyGlennTV) September 21, 2021
Here’s video of the area . #GabbyPetito pic.twitter.com/wqFqrEmZXQ
911 Caller Said He Saw Brian Laundrie Hitting Gabby Petito: 'Gentleman Was Slapping the Girl'
Police believe they have found the body of Gabby Petito, and her fiancé Brian Laundrie has gone missing"We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl," the caller tells the dispatcher.— Sydney Glenn (@SydneyGlennTV) September 21, 2021
On Sunday, theDenver Division released a statement confirming they had found "human remains consistent with the description of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito."
The following day, investigators left the search area as authorities promised "a full forensic identification" of the remains would ensue.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, in which the medical examiner will confirm the identity of the remains and investigate the cause of death.
Petito wason September 11, more than two months after leaving for a cross-country road trip with her fiancé and 10 days after he returned home without her.
Laundrie, who is officially named as a person of interest in the case, is refusing to talk to police and has not been seen since September 13, according to reports.
As investigators work towards cracking the case, audio from a 911 call made to police in the days beforehas been released by the Grand County Sheriff's Office.
Gabby Petito Timeline: What We Know So Far
The 22-year-old vlogger went missing following a cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, who later returned home alone.Laundrie returned home from the trip alone at the start of September and was last seen around mid-September.
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
In the call, an unidentified male caller is heard reporting a "domestic dispute" and tells the dispatcher that "the gentleman was slapping the girl" and hitting her near a store in Moab, Utah, around 4:30 p.m. on the afternoon of August 12.
The caller described seeing a couple arguing over a phone and a whiteTransit van with Florida license plates.
Officers from the Moab CityDepartment responded to the incident later that day, identifying the couple as and Petito.
A responding officer later pulled the van over and said that when he approached, Petito was "crying uncontrollably" in the passenger seat.
Body Found in Wyoming Confirmed to Be Missing 22-Year-Old Gabby Petito, Who Died by Homicide
The body found in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday has been identified as Gabby Petito, the New York woman who vanished during a cross-country road trip with her fiancé , Brian Laundrie. © Provided by People Gabby Petito Instagram According to a tweet by the FBI's Denver field office, Petito died by homicide. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie quietly returned to his parents' Florida home without her — prompting a search through the Wyoming wilderness where authorities believe she was last seen.
"The driver of the van, a male, had some sort of argument with the female, Gabbie [sic]," a responding Moab City Police officer wrote in a police report.
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.
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.
Laundrie returned back to the couple's shared home in North Port, Florida, on September 1 but has since reportedly gone missing.
Attorneys for the Petito family released a statement on Friday
Gabby Petito's Family Got Tattoos in Her Honor that She Designed Herself: 'Wanted to Have Her with Me' .
During a press conference Tuesday, Gabby Petito's parents' attorney said he didn't expect Brian Laundrie's parents to help find their missing son since "they did not help us find Gabby"Gabby's mother, stepfather, father and stepmother all got tattoos reading "Let It Be," referencing the Beatles song that was a favorite of hers. They also got other tattoos designed by Gabby, which they showed at the press conference.