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A makeshift cross made from pebbles was found in a riverbed near where the FBI recovered what they believe were Gabby Petito’s remains.

As a coroner performed an autopsy on the remains, in an effort to formally identify them and try to determine the cause of death, authorities also opened the Spread Creek Campground, about 20 miles from Jackson, where the body was found.

While doing so, reporters found the cross, fashioned from 18 pebbles, mostly gray but one notably pink, in a river bed, apparently near where the remains.

All around were red paint spray markers on rocks and trees, the type sometimes used by police to score points during a search.

There was no word from the authorities on who created the cross, whether it was a policeman or a member of the park warden service, in memory of the young woman, after the remains were found. .

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There was also speculation that Brian Laundrie, who has been named as a person of interest in the case, may have been left behind by police and is currently wanted by police following his disappearance last week.

Police have repeatedly pointed out that at this point they have no evidence of a crime and no charges have been laid. Neither the FBI, nor lawyers for Mr. Laudrie’s family, nor Ms. Petito’s family responded to requests for information. The independent.

Various red markings – possibly used as a locator of evidence – can be seen in the area near the cross if it is.

(Andrew Buncombe)

The cross was located about four miles from US Highway 191, the main route between Jackson and Yellowstone. Spread Creek Campground is one of many sites known to have been used by Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundrie on their trips to visit the National Parks of Western America.

Another family traveling across the country in a pickup truck, Jenn and Kyle Bethune, posted footage showing the white Ford Transit pickup truck used by Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie parked on August 27. They forwarded the video to the FBI, who said information from members of the public such as the Bethunes was crucial in helping locate it.

The Spread Cove campsite has been reopened

(Andrew Buncombe)

Already the campsite, and the cross, attracted visitors on Tuesday.

Sarah Gerritzman was on vacation in Seattle and said she wanted to see the campsite.

View of the Grands Tétons from where the cross is located

(Andrew Buncombe)

“It’s very sad,” she said.

“But I wonder if there hasn’t been too much media coverage of this one case. There are a lot of cases of missing black women, and they barely make the headlines. “

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