The FBI confirmed the discovery of human remains that it believes are those of Gabby Petito, the young woman from Long Island who had been missing since September 12.
The remains were found in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the FBI reported at a news conference Sunday afternoon. The cause of his death has not been confirmed.
Police in North Port, Florida, responded to the finding on their Twitter account, saying:
“We are saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found dead. Our goal from the beginning, along with the FBI and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI to find more answers.”
The case of the young woman from Long Island has captured national attention when her father asked for help from New York to help him locate her. Through the media, Joe Petito revealed the unusual case of the disappearance of his daughter who, after going on a trip with her boyfriend, had suddenly disappeared.
Search for Brian Laundrie
More than 50 law enforcement officers began a second day of searching for Brian Laundrie.
Laundrie, 23, is considered a “person of interest” in Petito’s disappearance, authorities said. The woman disappeared while on a van tour of the country.
Authorities are looking for Laundrie in the more than 24,000-acre (9,712-hectare) Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County, Florida, a wilderness area with more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of trails, as well as camping areas.
Laundrie and Petito, 22, set out on a cross-country trip in July in a converted van to visit national parks in the western United States.
Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on September 1. Petito’s family filed a disappearance complaint on September 11 with the Suffolk County (New York) police.
“It is important to note that although Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police said in a statement. He added that the investigation is now a “multiple missing person” case.
Laundrie’s relatives told investigators the last time they saw him was Tuesday, when they believe he went to the Sarasota-area wildlife preserve.
Unexpected twists in the case
A group of neighbors protested furiously in front of the house of Brian Laundrie over the weekend, demanding that she cooperate with authorities by providing information to help locate the 22-year-old.
While researching to find out where it is Gabby Petito continues, some neighbors and people interested in the subject (even with children), they went to stop in front of the Laundrie family home with banners and speakers to demand have the family and Brian Laundrie cooperate with the authorities. They shouted at them demanding that they break their silence and give information about the young woman’s location.
Likewise, at the stop sign near the residence, someone wrote a message: Where is Gabby?
¿Disappeared or hidden?
The problem is that Brian Laundrie is no longer there. Authorities reported Friday night that disappeared since Tuesday and that now, his operation includes two searches, Petito’s and his.
Through a Twitter message, the Police of North Port, Florida, where the couple resided with Laundrie’s parents, explained that he had been reunited with the family, who reported him missing.
However, this morning the ABC subsidiary in that city indicated that the Laundrie clarified that her son is not “missing” but rather “hiding”.
All while in their most recent statement the North Port Police reported that they have named Brian a “person of interest” in the search for Gabby Petito, but not in a criminal investigation.
The police are “frustrated”
In that message, the authorities indicate that they understand the community’s frustration and that they in turn are also frustrated. And they give his description, for people to help locate him: brown hair and eyes, he’s 5.8 feet tall and weighs about 160 pounds.
The last time he was seen, he was wearing a backpack tied around his waist. And they ask that if anyone has any information about him, or about Gabby, they immediately call (800) CALL-FBI.
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