n autopsy will be conducted this week on remains found in the Gabby Petito case.
The case of missing Gabby Petito took a sad turn Sunday when police discovered human remains while searching for her, and authorities are attempting to ascertain if the finding may provide answers to concerns about her disappearance.
Coroner Dr. Brent Blue of Teton County, Wyoming, told CNN that an autopsy is planned on Tuesday and that
authorities will identify the identity of the remains using photos, personal identification, or DNA.
Petito had gone on a road trip across many western states with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. According to
authorities, Laundrie returned to his North Port, Florida, a home without her on September 1, and her family
reported her missing on September 11.
Officials stated Sunday that the bones were discovered during a search in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, on the eastern side of Grand Teton National Park.
According to Charles Jones, FBI Denver’s supervisory senior resident agent in Wyoming, her family has been informed of the finding, but a complete forensic identification will be required to prove it is Petito.
Authorities must also determine the cause of death, he said. The inquiry is still underway.
According to Jones, the area near Spread Creek Campsite will remain restricted to the public until further notice, and police are still seeking information from anybody who may have seen Petito, Laundrie, or the car they were driving in.
Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, posted a photo of his daughter on Sunday night, writing, “She impacted the world.”
In a statement obtained by CNN affiliate WABC, Richard Stafford, an attorney for Joseph Petito, and her mother, Nicole Schmidt, requested that the family be given privacy and stated, “I will be in touch with you when Gabby’s family is ready to make a public comment.”
The finding of Laundrie’s remains in Wyoming is describ by her family as “heartbreaking,” and “the Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family,”
according to a statement from Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino.
Police in Florida are searching for Laundrie,
who has been missing since last Tuesday, according to his relatives. They don’t know where he is, according to the statement.
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Petito and Laundrie were on a road trip to national parks
Petito is thought to have been in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park when her family last spoke with her,
according to North Port police.
According to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, the two started their road trip in June with the intention of
seeing state national parks throughout the western United States.
He said she had been looking forward to sharing her experience with her family and others on social media.
“She kept frequent touch with her family members throughout her trips,” the police chief said, “but that
communication suddenly ceased towards the end of August.”
On August 12, police encountered the pair near Moab, Utah, where they “engaged in some kind of
confrontation,” according to authorities.
Despite the fact that the two involved in a physical altercation after an argument, “both the male and
female stated they are in love and engaged to be marri and urgently didn’t want to see anybody punished with
a felony,” according to officer Eric Pratt’s report.
The pair separated for the night at the police’ request, according to the report, which characterized Petito as “confused and emotional.”
Officer Daniel Robbins stated in the police report, “After reviewing the totality of the facts, I do not think the incident rose to the level of a domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis.” There were no charges filed.
Petito FaceTimed her mother on August 24 to tell her she was leaving Utah and going to the Teton mountains in
Wyoming, according to Stafford.
Petito and her mother exchanged messages over the following three days, he claimed. On August 30, they get
one last message, which reads “No service in Yosemite,” but her family believes she typed it, according to
The search for Laundrie
According to authorities, Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, without Petito on September 1.
Officials subsequently discovered the van the pair had been driving in at Petito’s house in North Port, a community in Sarasota County about 80 miles south of Tampa,
where he shared it with Laundrie and his parents.
After Petito went missing, police went to the Laundrie family’s house, The case of missing Gabby Petito took a sad turn Sunday
but Laundrie’s family refused to speak, Taylor said last week, instead of giving officials the information for their attorney.
After Laundrie’s relatives informed the police they him in days, the house was searched on Friday evening.
North Port police spokesman Josh Taylor said Saturday that he left home with his bag on Tuesday and informed
his family he was heading to a nearby nature reserve.
Federal and local officials searched the “huge” Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County this weekend for Laundrie,
according to police.
North Port Police stated on Twitter that the search stop and that there was “nothing to report.”
According to Taylor,
who spoke at a press conference at the site of the search Saturday, the search operation included the
deployment of drones and bloodhounds
who utilized pieces of Laundrie’s clothes seized from his house to track down his scent.
Before extending their search to the remainder of the reserve, police concentrated their efforts on a neighboring 200-acre park.
Officials have said that Laundrie is not sought for any crimes.
The case of missing Gabby Petito took a sad turn Sunday
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