The FBI confirmed a body found in a Wyoming national Park on Sunday is “consistent with description” of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, while FBI issues search warrants on fiancé Brian Laundrie’s and parent’s homes.
The FBI Denver, the National Park Service, and law enforcement made a joint announcement during a news conference on Sunday evening in Grand Teton National Park of the discovery of a woman’s body.
Authorities said a body “consistent with the description of” Gabby Petito was discovered in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, noting that a full forensic identification has not yet been completed, ABC reported.
The FBI added that the woman’s parents were notified.
On Monday, the FBI declared a “crime scene” and announced a “search warrant” twice, entering the homes of Brian Laundrie and that of his parents, both in New Port, Florida, Fox reported.
Gabby and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, were on a cross-country trip traveling in a white 2012 Ford Transit van and were documenting their travels on social media. Gabby last spoke to her family on August 25.
Laundrie returned to the home they shared in Newport Florida on September 1 without her.
Petito’s parent’s reported Gabby missing on September 11.
After the family reported their daughter missing to Suffolk County police on Sept. 11, several days later, Laundrie was identified as a person of interest in the case, the New York Post reported. Laundrie procured a lawyer and refused to speak to police or provide any information about the missing woman.
Last Tuesday, Laundrie told his family he was going hiking and has not been seen since, prompting a massive search of the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve near his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, the New York Post reported.
YouTube bloggers posted a photo of what appears to be Gabby Petito’s white van, which they photographed near Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, two days after the last contact Petito made with her family, Fox reported.
“We came across a white van that had Florida plates,” said blogger Jenn Bethune in a video posted to YouTube. “A small white van. We were going to stop and say hi because we’re from Florida too, but the van was completely dark. There was nobody there, so we decided to continue on our way.”