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Remains found in Wyoming match description of missing 22-year-old man


MOOSE, Wyo. – Authorities say a body found Sunday in Wyoming is that of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement officers who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds.

An FBI agent said the cause of death has yet to be determined. Petito and his boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left in July for a hike across the country in a converted van to visit the national parks of the western United States.

Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Fla. On September 1. Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

He was last seen on Tuesday and investigators are looking for him.

Here’s a timeline of what we know about Gabby Petito’s disappearance and search:

July 2: Petito and Laundrie start a road trip

Petito and Laundrie left Blue Point, New York to Long Island on July 2 for a cross-country trip to the national parks of western Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

They documented their travels every step of the way in photos and videos posted to YouTube and Instagram under the name “Nomadic Statik”.

August 12: dispute in Utah

On August 12, Petito twice posted photos on Instagram of a visit to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

On the same day, 8 On Your Side learned that Moab City Police responded to testimony about an argument and a physical altercation involving the couple.

“Officers investigated and determined that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges,” Chief Bret Edge said in an email.

Moab Police decided the fight had not reached the level of a “domestic assault as much as that of a mental health crisis.”

Police recommended that the couple spend the night separately. Petito stayed with the van. Police helped Laundrie secure a hotel room at a family crisis center in Moab.

August 21: Petito’s last FaceTime with his father

Nine days after the incident reported in Moab on August 21, Joseph Petito said he had his last FaceTime call with his daughter. He said he helped order food for her in Salt Lake City.

“No red flag has cropped up,” Petito said in an interview with Zoom Tuesday from his home in Vero Beach. “I’m trying to figure out my brain – the Monday morning quarterback, you know what I mean – still nothing is going on in my head. “

August 25: Petito’s last phone conversation with his mother

Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt said in an emotional press conference Monday that she last spoke with her daughter on August 25 while she was near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming .

“I wasn’t getting answers,” Schmidt said. “I believe she was in a place with no service. It was like the eighth and ninth day that I got really worried. I figured she couldn’t be off the grid that long.

August 30: Petito’s mother receives the last text from him

“The last text I received from her was on August 30,” Schmidt said. “I don’t know if she was the one texting me or not.”

September 1: Laundrie returns home to Florida

North Port Police, who are now the lead agency for the missing persons investigation, said Laundrie returned to her parents with the van on September 1.

September 11: Petito missing

Ten days later, on September 11, concerned family members reported Petito’s disappearance to Suffolk County Police in New York City.

Later that night, North Port Police confirmed they recovered the van from Laundrie’s parents’ home. Police said the young couple also lived there.

September 15: Laundry designated as person of interest

Laundrie was officially named a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance by North Port police on Wednesday because he refused to cooperate with the investigation.

“As a father, I can imagine the pain and suffering Gabby’s family is going through,” said North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison. “We implore anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on his whereabouts over the past few weeks. Brian’s lack of information hampers this investigation. The answers will eventually come out. We’ll help find Gabby, and we’ll help find anyone who may be involved in her disappearance.

Lawyer for the Laundrie family did not respond to 8 On Your Side’s request for comment on Wednesday about police naming Brian a person of interest.

“This is naturally an extremely difficult time for the Petito family and the Laundrie family. We understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” the lawyer Steven Bertolino in a statement.. “On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito will be successful and that Miss Petito will be reunited with her family. On the advice of the lawyer, the Laundrie family remain in the background at this point and will have no further comment. “

“I don’t know about you, but their child is at home,” Mr. Petito said. “My child is somewhere in the continental United States without a phone or a car. It’s not as hard for them as it is for us.

September 16: Petito’s family asks for help

At a North Port Police press conference on September 16, Chief Todd Garrison expressed frustration at the lack of answers about Petito’s disappearance.

“Two people went on a trip. A person came back. And this person who came back is not providing us with any information, ”he said.

Garrison added that no crime is suspected in the case at this time and that police are only investigating a missing person case with the sole aim of locating Gabby Petito.

Petito’s father spoke at the press conference, begging anyone with information to come forward.

“I ask for help from everyone here, I ask for help from everyone at home. I ask Brian’s parents for help. I also ask family members and friends of the Laundrie family for help, ”said Joe Petito. “Whatever you can do to make sure my daughter gets home, I ask for this help. There is nothing else that matters to me now.

Later that day, a family lawyer in New York City read a letter from Petito’s family to parents in Laundrie calling on them for help.

“As a parent, how can you let us go through this pain and not help us? As a parent, how could you bring this to Gabby’s younger siblings? ” they said. “Gabby has lived with you for over a year. She will be your daughter-in-law. How can you keep its location hidden? “

September 17: The laundry is missing

A family lawyer confirmed on Friday evening that Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts were unknown.

“The FBI is currently at the Laundrie residence removing property to help locate Brian. For now, the FBI is looking for both Gabby and Brian, ”the attorney said in a statement.

The statement came after police spent more than two hours at the family home in Laundrie, at the family’s request.

September 19: body found in Teton Park

FBI Denver confirmed on Sunday that the remains found in Wyoming matched the description of Gabby Petito, 22, missing. The body was found in Teton Park.

The FBI has set up a nationwide hotline to receive information about Petito’s disappearance. Those with information are asked to call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).


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