Authorities found a body believed to be missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Fox News reported Sunday.
The investigation is ongoing and the body has not yet been 100% positively identified, however, authorities say it is likely to be Petito as the body matches her description, according to Fox News. “Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle Gabby Petito,” FBI Denver field office supervisory senior resident agent Charles Jones said, according to the outlet.
“The cause of death has not been determined at this time,” he reportedly added.
The Petito family lawyer Richard Benson Stafford said in a statement that he’s “making a personal request to members of the press and news media to refrain from contacting the Schmidt and Petito family” due to the sensitivity of the case, Fox News reported.
“We are asking the press and news media to have some decorum and sensitivity for Gabby’s family and allow them to grieve,” he said, according to Fox News. “I would also like to personally thank the FBI, the Suffolk County Police Department, the North Port Police Department and especially the Grant Teton Search and Rescue team. Your tireless work and determination helped bring Gabby home to her parents. The family and I will be forever grateful.”
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The FBI and local police began searching Grand Teton National Park on Saturday. Gabby visited the park on Aug. 27 before she was reported missing on Sept. 11, Fox News reported.
News helicopters surrounded the site broadcasting video of a white tent and search teams with horses, Fox News reported. (RELATED: Parents Of Missing 22-Year-Old Woman Ask Fiancé Family To Disclose Her Location If They Have ‘Any Decency Left’)
Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie embarked on a cross-country road trip in a transit van on July 2. Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, without Petito and refused to provide any information about her whereabouts to the police.
The Laundrie’s family lawyer Steven Bertolino released a statement after the FBI announced that the human remains were likely Petito, according to Fox News.
“The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking,” Bertolino reportedly said. “The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family.”
The Moab Police Department released bodycam footage of their interaction with Laundrie and Petito on Aug. 12. An officer followed the white van as it was speeding and hit a curb. Petito stepped out of the van crying and told the officer she and Laundrie had been fighting all morning.
The investigation remains ongoing and a cause of death has not yet been determined.
This is a developing story. Please return for updates.