On Sunday, human remains that officials said matched Petito’s description were found in an undeveloped camping area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to confirm the identity.
Petito, 22, and Laundry, 23, were road tripping over the summer in a white van from New York to the American West. Laundry returned to his Florida home in his van on September 1, but without Petito. His family reported Petito’s disappearance on September 11.
North Port Public Information Officer Joshua Taylor told Granthshala that Laundry’s parents, Christopher and Roberta, were taken from their home on Monday morning so that agents could execute a search warrant. He was later brought back inside for questioning.
Steven P. Bertolino, an attorney for Laundry’s family, said he would also hold a press conference on Tuesday, but later canceled the event. He said the FBI requested that he not hold the conference.
Search warrant claims ‘greater tension’ between the couple
Agents removed several items from the house, and a Ford Mustang convertible was also taken away.
Investigators also obtained a search warrant for an external hard drive found in the van last week.
According to the probable cause of the search warrant, Petito sent several text messages and had several conversations with his mother via cellphone. And during those conversations, “there appeared to be more and more tension between him and the laundry,” it says.
On August 27, Petito’s mother received one last communication from her daughter, which she called a “strange text”, the probable cause stated in the affidavit.
The message read: “Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemail and missed calls.” Because the text message referred to Pettito’s grandfather as Stan, his mother was concerned that something was wrong, the warrant states.
After that text message, Petito’s phone was no longer on and she stopped posting anything on social media about her trip, the warrant says.
On August 30 another text arrived, which read, “No service in Yosemite,” but her family suspects she wrote it, by Richard Stafford, an attorney representing Joseph Petito and her mother, Nicole Schmidt. said.
There is further evidence of tension between the two.
Granthshala obtained a 911 audio recording from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah, in which a caller reports what he called a “domestic dispute” between a couple.
The caller described a man slapping a woman and continued to beat him until they got into his car and drove into a white van with a Florida license plate, according to the audio.
Later the police stopped the couple.
Although Pettito and Laundry are described in a police report as a physical fight after an argument, “the man and the woman both reported that they were in love and engaged to be married and no one was charged with the crime.” I don’t want to be seen,” Officer Eric Pratt wrote in the report.
At the suggestion of the police, the couple separated for the night, the report said, which described Petito as “confused and emotional”.
‘He touched the world,’ says father
Pathologists will conduct a full forensic examination of the remains found on Sunday to confirm their identity, said Charles Jones, FBI Denver supervisory senior resident agent in Wyoming. He said the authorities also needed to identify the cause of death.
Nevertheless, Petito’s family has been informed of the discovery.
Steven Bertolino, a lawyer for the laundry family, called the news “heartbreaking”, adding: “The laundry family prays for Gabby and her family.”
Laundry’s sister also issued a statement to ABC News praising Petito for her relationship with Laundry’s nephews.
Cassie Laundry said in the statement, “Gabby was a fun and loving influence for the ‘boys’ as she always referred to them. We will cherish the time we spent with her.”
Granthshala’s Leyla Santiago reported from North Port, Florida, and Granthshala’s Madeline Holcombe reported and wrote in Atlanta. Granthshala’s Eric Levenson, Travis Caldwell, Chris Cuomo, Aya Alamarossi, Rob Frehse, Deanna Hackney, Jennifer Henderson, Laura James, Misson Lee, Gregory Lemos, Christina Maxouris, Artemis Moshtaghian, Sean Nottingham, Andy Rose, Jane Selva, Alta Spell and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.
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