IIt was news that no one wanted to hear, but which most probably expected.
The FBI announced that the remains found over the weekend at a campsite north of Jackson, Wyoming, actually belonged to Gabby Petito, and the coroner believed her death to be a homicide—that is, she was killed by another person. Was.
After an autopsy that lasted several hours, and in which a forensic pathologist led by Teton County Coroner Brent Blue assisted with the examination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called for the missing to determine the exact cause of death and Further tests may be continued to determine. 22 years old.
The announcement immediately raised hopes that either the police or the FBI could now announce the charges.
Ms Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundry, who is currently being searched by police in Florida, has been described as a “person of interest”.
And in his announcement about Ms. Petito on Tuesday, FBI special agent in charge Michael Schneider said the agency was determined to make sure that no one would be “responsible for, or involved in, her death”, whether He will be “accountable” for his actions.
“The FBI’s commitment to justice is at the forefront of every investigation,” he said.
Ms Petito’s family attorney Richard Stafford thanked the media for “taking the time for Petito and the Schmidt family to grieve”.
“We will make a statement when Gabby is at home,” Stafford said.
Ms. Petito, originally from Long Island, New York, was reported missing by her family ten days earlier, when she was returning from a cross-country trip with Mr. Laundry to visit some of the country’s national parks. failed.
On Sunday, when officials announced they believed the remains found at the Spread Creek campsite belonged to the young woman, her father, Joseph Petito, wrote on Twitter: “#gabbypettito He touched the world.”
The story of the search for the missing girl, who posted updates of her journey on a YouTube channel, gripped the nation and dominated media coverage.
Some commentators have correctly pointed out that missing stories of black, Latino or Indigenous women never receive such coverage.
Simultaneously, the simple question of what had happened to him was one that many wanted to try to answer.
Indeed, the FBI thanked members of the public, including other campers, who provided suggestions or information. And he urged the public to continue with it.
Among those who posted such information was Miranda Baker, who said she and her boyfriend had given a ride to Mr Laundry, who was traveling alone at the time, on 29 August.
“They asked us for a ride because they needed to go to Jackson, [and] We were going to Jackson that night,” Ms Baker said on a series of TikTok videos.
“So I said ‘you know, hop in’, and he jumped in the back of my Jeep, we then proceeded to make small talk, but he offered to pay us like $200 before he got in the car, So that gives him a ride, like 10 miles,” she said.
She said: “So that was weird. Then she told us she’s been camping without her fiancé for days, she said she has a fiancée, and she was back on her social media page working in their van .
Another couple, Brian & Jane & Bethune, who adapted the 1983 Sliver Eagle bus, and posted video updates on their page Red White & Bethune, posted a video showing that used by Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundry. A white Ford Transit van was parked at the Spread Creek campsite on August 27.
Mr Bethune, who hails from Tampa, said the van appeared to be “abandoned” when the couple posted the video on Saturday night.
“We thought maybe they were hiking or they were just chilling inside, no doors were open, you know. You know, the Florida Plate, on the other side of the country, isn’t something we think about every day. Let’s see the time,” he said.
On Sunday, when he announced that remains had been found at the camp site and believed to be those of a missing young woman, senior FBI advisory agent Charles Jones was asked how important the information was from the public. He added: “It was important”.
Attempts to find and find her were set against the vast, dramatic backdrop of Grand Teton National Park filled with snow-capped mountains and the heath and brush that fill the entire 480-square-mile.
Ben Cole, who has been coming to the park for 30 years, and on Saturday he sat near the public shower in Colter Bay Village, from where Mr Laundry is believed to have taken a ride on 29 August, reported Granthshala: “From here on out, it’s a vast land.”
On Tuesday, police in North Port, Florida, said investigators had returned to Carlton Reserve to look for Mr Laundry, 23.
The Associated Press said teams searched 24,000 acres of Florida nature preserve over the weekend without success. He focused on the area after Mr. Laundry’s parents told police he may have been there.
The FBI has not said what happened at the sprawling creek in Wyoming with dozens of agents, park rangers and dogs set to begin their search at 6.30 a.m. Saturday, several hours before Bethunes posted its video .
There has been speculation that he had received the information, either in the form of a note left by Mr. Laundry or information given to his parents, when officers took the mother last Friday evening, 12 hours before the start of the search. Visited father’s house.
Spread Creek Campsite was one of several campsites used by Ms. Petito and Mr. Laundry. His remains were found on Sunday morning at a location four miles from the nearest highway, U.S. Route 191.
On Tuesday, the campsite was reopened and journalists stumbled upon a makeshift cross made of pebbles where Ms Petito’s remains were found.
It is not known whether it was created by a member of the search team or a member of the public.
There has also been speculation that Mr Laundry may have left it.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Gabby Petito