The Associated Press
MOOSE, Wyo (AP) — Officials say a body found Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.
The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had searched the campground over the past two days.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones said the cause of death has yet to be determined.
“Full forensic identification has not been completed to 100% confirm 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 acting as a spokesman for the Petito family could not immediately be contacted for comment.
Jones said an undeveloped camping area on the east side of Grand Teton bordering National Forest lands will remain closed until further notice while the investigation continues.
Jones said investigators are still seeking information from anyone who may have seen Petito or Brian Laundry around some of the camping sites on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park, the same site that was the subject of law enforcement search efforts over the weekend. Was.
Petito and her boyfriend, Laundry, set off on a cross-country trek in July in a converted van to visit national parks in the US West. Police said Laundry was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida on September 1.
Laundry has been identified as an interested person in the matter. He was last seen by family members in Florida on Tuesday.
More than 50 law enforcement officers began a second day of laundry searches on Sunday at the 24,000-acre (9,712-hectare) Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, which runs along more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of trails. There is also a wildlife area. , as well as the campgrounds.
Petito’s family filed a missing person’s report with the police in Suffolk County, New York on September 11.
Petito’s family was pleading with the laundry family to explain where their son had last seen him. Petito and Laundry were childhood sweethearts who met while growing up in Long Island, New York. Her parents later moved to North Port, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
The couple’s trek in a Ford Transit van began in July from Long Island. Officials said she intended to reach Oregon by the end of October, according to her social media accounts, but Petito disappeared from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August after her last known contact with family.
Police video released by the Moab Police Department in Utah showed an officer speeding the van on August 12 and hitting a curb near the entrance to Arches National Park. Body cam video showed an emotional Petito, sitting inside a police cruiser, while officers also questioned the laundry.
Moab police ultimately decided not to file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night, Laundry checking into a motel and Petito remaining with the converted sleeper van.
This story has been corrected to show that it was a Ford Transit van.