Human remains found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest have been confirmed to belong to Gabby Petito.
Petito family attorney Richard Stafford confirmed the body belonged to Ms Petito in a text to Business Insider.
Ms Petito’s remains were located near Spread Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday after a thorough search by FBI agents.
Earlier Tuesday, Laundrie family attorney Richard Stafford said he wanted to wait until Ms Petito’s body was returned home before making the autopsy results public.
“I would like to personally thank the press and media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to mourn,” Stafford said in a statement.
“We will make a statement when Gabby gets home.”
Ms Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie left Long Island, New York, on July 2 for a van-life tour of US national parks and camping preserves, and documented their trip on their shared YouTube account. Nomadic Statik and on Instagram.
On August 12, police in Moab, Utah, were notified of a domestic disturbance involving the couple. A witness called 911 to report that he saw Mr. Laundrie hit and slap Ms. Petito.
When police stopped the couple’s Ford Transit van, the visibly upset Ms Petito denied being beaten and no charges were laid.
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Ms Petito, 22, last spoke to her mother Nichole Schmidt on August 25. Ms Schmidt believes that several text messages sent from Ms Petito’s phone to her family between August 27 and August 30 were forged, including one claiming she was in Yosemite National Park.
An eyewitness told the FBI he saw Mr. Laundrie alone and “act oddly” on several occasions between August 26 and August 28 in the Spread Creek area, near the site where Ms. Petito’s body was found on Sunday in a national park in Wyoming.
Jessica Schultz told the Chronicle of San Francisco she spotted the couple’s white Ford Transit pickup truck in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. several times at the end of August.
“He was very awkward and confused and it was just him, there was no Gabby,” Ms Schultz said.
A friend sent Ms Schultz body camera footage of a domestic dispute between Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie in Moab, Utah on August 12, and she immediately recognized him as the one she had passed to Bridger-Teton.
“My friend sent me a picture of the hat on the dashboard and I just lost my shit,” Ms. Schultz said. The Chronicle.
“And that’s when I called the FBI (Thursday) and I said, ‘Guys, look at Spread Creek. “”
Ms Schmidt attempted to contact Mr Laundrie and his mother Roberta via text message on September 10, but they did not respond to her, and she reported Ms Petito’s disappearance on September 11.
That night, officers from the North Port Police Department seized the Ford Transit van they were traveling in. The Laundrie family refused to speak to the police and instead provided them with the contact details of their lawyer Steve Bertolino.
On September 14, Mr. Laundrie left his parents’ home, telling them he was going to hike on the nearby Carlton Reservation.
He was declared a “person of interest” in his girlfriend’s disappearance the next day, but his family did not notify authorities of his disappearance until two days later, on September 17.
Police and FBI have conducted extensive searches of the 25,000-acre reserve with dogs, drones and all-terrain vehicles, but have so far failed to find any trace of Mr. Laundrie. .
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