Mourners began arriving at a Long Island funeral home on Sunday for Gabby Pettito, whose death on a cross-country trip has sparked a search for her boyfriend.
By noon a line had formed outside the funeral home in Holbrook, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of New York City, and groups of firefighters were seen marching past. A fire engine was sitting on either side of the building, each with a raised ladder.
Across the street from the funeral home, a chain link fence was lined with posters bearing Petito’s image and messages such as “he touched the world”.
Petito was reported missing by her parents on September 11, after she had not answered calls and texts for several days while she and Brian visited the parks in Laundry West.
His body was found last Sunday in a remote area in northwest Wyoming. Laundry and Petito grew up on Long Island but moved to Florida in recent years.
Pettito’s death is classified as a homicide, meaning he was killed by another person, but medical examiners in Wyoming have not disclosed how he died until further autopsy results.
The couple posted online about their journey in a white Ford Transit van that was converted into a camper.
They got into a physical altercation on August 12 in Moab, Utah, which led to the police being held over a possible domestic violence case.
Ultimately the police there decided to separate the quarreling couple for the night. But no charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.
Investigators are looking for laundry in Florida, and have searched his parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
On Thursday, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundry with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging that she used a Capital One bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges of more than $1,000 during that period. in which Petito went missing.
He did not say whose card it belonged to.