FBI officials said in a news conference that human remains discovered Sunday in Wyoming’s Teton County are consistent with the missing description of 22-year-old Gabby Pettito.
“Full forensic identification is not complete to confirm that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of the discovery,” said Charles Jones, FBI Denver supervisory senior resident agent in Wyoming.
He said the cause of death could not be ascertained.
Authorities conducted a search this weekend for any signs around the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park, whose family reported his disappearance on Sept. 11. Gave.
At the same time, officers in Florida were looking for Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundry. His family told police on Friday that they had not seen the laundry since last Tuesday, due to which a Exploring a Local Nature Reserve Which has not yielded any result so far.
Couple before Pettito’s disappearance was traveling On a road trip through several western states.
According to police, the laundry returned to North Port, Florida without Pettito on September 1. Authorities later found that the van in which the couple were traveling into the home Pettito shared with laundry and his parents was in North Port, a town in Sarasota County, about 80 miles south of Tampa.
Laundry is not wanted for a crime, officials have said. This weekend, dozens of officers and FBI agents searched an area spanning nearly 25,000 acres, according to the North Port Police Department. But the search was suspended for the second time on Sunday evening, with police saying on Twitter, “Nothing to report.”
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Saturday that Laundry’s family told police he left the house on Tuesday with his bag and told them he was heading to the reserve.
Police visited the Laundry family’s home after Petito was reported missing, but Laundry’s family declined to speak, Taylor said last week, and instead passed the information to the officers for their lawyer.
The house was searched Friday evening after Laundry’s family told police they had not seen him for several days. The Laundry family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, said Friday that the laundry’s whereabouts are “currently unknown.”
But Richard Stafford, a lawyer for the Petito family, said in a brief statement to CNN: “All of Gabby’s family wants the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing.”
FBI Agent Jones began a news conference Sunday in Grand Teton National Park by offering condolences to Petito’s family.
“As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for family and friends,” Jones said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him.”
Search for laundry continues in ‘Vishal’ nature reserve
This weekend, federal and local officials searched laundry at the “huge” Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, police said.
Taylor told a news conference at the search site on Saturday that the search effort involved the use of drones and bloodhounds, who used clothes taken from his home to smell him. Police initially focused their search on a large nearby park, about 200 acres, before expanding to the rest of the reserve.
Taylor said police believe the vehicle the laundry was driving was also in reserve, but has since been returned to the laundry home.
Taylor said there is “enormous pressure” on the laundry to respond to what is happening.
When asked why Laundry’s family didn’t tell police his whereabouts until Friday, Taylor said, “It’s a good question.”
“You know we’ve obviously been trying to reach out to the family since (last) Saturday to get answers on this matter,” Taylor said. “The first time we had an in-depth conversation with him (Friday) was when his lawyer called and said the family was concerned about Brian’s whereabouts.”
Law enforcement is characterizing Pettito and Laundry’s disappearance as part of a “multiple missing persons investigation,” according to one Statement From North Port Police on Friday.