Crime Body Found in Wyoming Confirmed to Be Missing 22-Year-Old Gabby Petito, Who Died by Homicide
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.
On Tuesday, authorities announced that the body found in Grand Teton National Park over the weekend has been positively identified as 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who wasduring a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
According to a tweet by the, 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.
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.
During the search, unusual details about the case continued to emerge, turning one family's nightmare into a nationwide demand for answers.
Soon after Petito's disappearance first garnered attention, authorities in Utah revealed that a couple of weeks before her last conversation with family — while Petito and Laundrie were traveling through Moab —reporting a domestic dispute that involved the couple.
Officers located them and pulled their van over to investigate. Their emotional interaction with police, which ended with the couple being asked to separate for the night and get some space from one another, can be seen inreleased to the public.
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.
Once Petito was reported missing, Florida police tried interviewing Laundrie and his family, but allege that they refused to cooperate and instead, who instructed their clients not to talk.
Laundrie wasin Petito's disappearance.
On Sept. 17, the Laundrie family spoke with FBI for the first time — but instead of getting answers about Petito's disappearance, investigators were informed that. His parents said he hadn't been home since he left for a hike on Sept. 14.
On Sunday, the FBI held a press conference, where they announced thatin Grand Teton National Park that were "consistent with the description" of Petito.
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.
Despite saying they would need to conduct a forensic analysis before confirming it was her, they offered their condolences to Petito's family and asked that they be given space to mourn.
On Sept. 15, Petito's father, Joseph, spoke with PEOPLE about his daughter, calling her a "free spirit" who would've gone to the 1969 Woodstock Festival if she could.
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"She's so artistic. She's an amazing artist. She loves to draw. She has a great eye with decorating," Joseph said. "She's that flower child type of personality. The old soul, you know?"
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.