Autopsy confirms remains found in Wyoming are Gabby Petito’s, FBI says

FBI resumes search of reserve and Laundrie family home as Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie remains missing

Autopsy results have confirmed that the remains found Sunday in the Bridger-Teton National Forest are those of Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old woman who disappeared while on a trip exploring national parks with her fiancé, according to the FBI in Denver.

Before Gabby Petito disappeared while on a cross-country van trip with her fiancé, her conversations with her mother appeared to reveal Petito had “more and more tension” with her travel partner, a police affidavit for a search warrant indicates.

Authorities are using used drones, sniffer dogs and all-terrain vehicles in the reserve to find Brian Laundrie. (Instagram/North Port Police)
In this photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (North Port Police Department via AP)

The FBI searched the family home of Gabby Petito’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie, in Florida for hours Monday, a day after investigators across the country found what they believe to be her remains.In the morning, FBI investigators searched Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port as part of a “court-authorized search warrant” related to the Petito case. His parents were escorted from the home before the search and then were brought back inside for questioning, police said. Agents removed a number of items from the home, and a Ford Mustang convertible was also towed away.

Meanwhile, investigators are still searching for Laundrie, who returned to the Florida home without Petito earlier this month, declined to talk to investigators and then went missing last week. The search for him had centered on a nearby nature reserve, but investigators shifted their focus after they “exhausted all avenues in searching the grounds there,” North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor said Monday.

This screengrab shows the Carlton Reserve in Florida, where North Port police and the FBI are searching for Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito. North Port Police DepartmentThe search for Brian Laundrie, the missing boyfriend of Gabby Petito, is contained to only Florida right now, the North Port Police Department told the Deseret News Thursday.

On Sunday, human remains that officials believe to be of Petito’s were found in an undeveloped camping area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to confirm the identity.

Law enforcement officers take to the water in a search for Brian Laundrie at the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in North Port Fl. Police and FBI got a tip from his family that stated Laundrie disappeared into the 24,000 acre reserve last week. Gabby Petito, 22, went missing on a cross country roadtrip with Laundrie and her last known location was Aug. 25 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie, meanwhile, drove back to North Port, where their trip began, on Sept. 1, and the van was recovered by police at his family’s home on Sept. 11. Laundrie has been listed as a person of interest in the case. MATT HOUSTON/HERALD-TRIBUNE

Source: ABC and CNN