Human remains believed to belong to Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito were found on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the FBI said, an area her family previously said was the last place they knew. She was driving with him. They went on a cross-country trip as a fiancé.
The remains were found exclusively in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, a remote, alpine landscape with shimmering lakes, towering mountains, and more than 200 miles of trails that draws millions of visitors each year. National Park Service.
The camping area, which is not in a developed campground facility and lacks services such as drinking water and garbage removal, is popular with campers, according to US Department of Agriculture. The site also offers views of the Tetons.
Ms. Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said he and Ms. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, last spoke with Ms. Petito on a FaceTime call on August 23 or 24. During that call, they learned that Ms. Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundry, were leaving Utah and heading to Grand Teton National Park.
The couple’s cross-country trip was well documented social media.
Mr Schmidt said Ms Petito texted her mother sometime after that, according to her New York Post.
The North Port Police Department said Mr Laundry, who is now a “person of interest” in the case, returned to his home in North Port, Fla., without him, Petito’s family, reporting his disappearance.
The Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area was closed to the public on Sunday evening.
Charles Jones, an F.B.I. The agent said Sunday that National Park Service and US Forest Service crews helped investigators navigate “rough terrain” during the search.