Florida search for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie suspended


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scheduled tribe. Petersburg, Fla. — Search was suspended Monday at the Florida Nature Conservancy, a man police say is interested in the death of his girlfriend, Gabriel “Gabby” Petito, whose body officials believe the couple Were discovered in Wyoming National Park.

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The agency “currently has no plans to conduct any major searches” for Brian Laundry, 23, on Monday of the 24,000-acre (9,712 ha) Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, the North Port Police Department said in a news release.

The police statement said they “ended all avenues in search of grounds there.”


It was not immediately clear whether investigators were searching elsewhere for the laundry.

Laundry’s parents told police that investigators focused on the wildlife area over the weekend, as he visited there last week. The reserve has more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of trails and several campgrounds.

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In Wyoming, the FBI announced Sunday that a body discovered in northern Wyoming is believed to be that of 22-year-old Petito. The body was found by agents searching the camp on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones said the cause of death has yet to be determined. Where and how the body was found has not been given.

“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.”

Jones and other law enforcement officers who announced the body’s discovery during a Sunday evening news conference in Grand Teton declined to take questions.

Petito’s father, Joseph, posted a picture of a broken heart over a photo of his daughter on social media, which read, “She touched the world.”

A lawyer acting as a spokesman for Petito’s family said in a statement that the family should be given a place to grieve.

Attorney Richard Benson Stafford indicated that the family would make a public statement at a later date, and he thanked officials from the FBI, Grand Teton Search and Rescue and other agencies participating in Pettito’s search.

“Me and the family will always be grateful,” Stafford said in a statement.

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 were still seeking information from anyone who may have seen pettitoes or laundry around camping sites in the area of ​​Spread Creek, where law enforcement search efforts focused over the weekend.

The pair set off on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the US West in July. Police said Laundry was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida on September 1.

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 Ford Transit began from Long Island in July. According to his social media accounts, he intended to reach Oregon by the end of October. But Petito disappeared from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August after her last known contact with the family, officials said.

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.


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