The FBI has announced that a body recovered at a nation park in Wyoming is believed to be that of missing “van-life” blogger Gabby Petito.
In a development that appeared to draw a line under one part of a larger drama — even as other elements of it continued to exist — a senior FBI agent said human beings matched the young woman’s description. The remains were found at a camp site located about 20. Miles north of Jackson.
Senior FBI advisory agent Charles Jones said Sunday afternoon that although the remains were not 100 percent identified at this time, authorities had informed Ms. Petito’s parents, to whom they had issued their condolences.
“The cause of death has not been determined at this time,” said Mr Jones, his voice faltering at times.
“We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work through this process.”
Ms Petito, 22, has been missing since last month. She was on a cross-country trip from her native Long Island with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Brian Laundry—who drove her van back to Florida without her.
Officers had focused their search on the camp scattered across the Spread Creek Road in Grand Teton National Park. After National Park Service rangers barred the public and media from entering the site, campers who were using it were told to leave until the search began on Saturday.
It was believed that the campsite was one of several that Ms. Petito had listed as people she had planned to visit.
Late Saturday, a couple on a road trip across the US posted video they say of the white Ford Transit van used by Ms. Petito and her boyfriend parked at a campsite that was being searched by the FBI. .
video posted by Jane and Kyle Bethune, who adapted the 1983 Sliver Eagle bus to hit the road, and posted the video update on their page Red White & Bethune, subtitled “Showing America Through Our Lenses”.
“It’s in the Spread Creek scattered camping area. We got there and there was a lot of gravel there and we decided we wanted to try to drive more backwards because we heard the views were better here. So We were on our way back down this long dirt, gravel road,” Mr Bethune said of the video posted on Saturday night.
His wife continued: “And we came in a white van with a Florida plate, a little white van. We were about to stop and say hello because we’re also from Florida, but the van was completely dark. So we decided to continue on our way.”
At Sunday’s press conference, Mr Charles thanked the public for their help.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support from the public. The support from the public to requests for suggestions has been remarkable,” he said. Continue to seek information from anyone.”
after, asked by Granthshala As to how important that information was, he said: “It was important”.
Mr Laundry himself was reported missing on Friday by his parents. He was declared a person of interest in Ms. Petito’s disappearance, but had refused to speak to investigators prior to her disappearance.
The couple were involved in a brawl in Moab, Utah, last month and police responded but no charges were filed. He and Ms Petito were documenting their coast-to-coast journey on social media.
“I can confirm that a coroner’s officer was sent to the scene by a deputy coroner to retrieve a body found in the woods,” Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said on Sunday.
As officials held a press conference in Wyoming announcing the potentially tragic discovery, officials in Florida continued to search the area where the laundry was believed to be. His family said they last saw him on Tuesday but did not complain to the police for several days.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /