Human remains found in Wyoming are 'consistent' with description of Gabby Petito, FBI say

Human remains discovered in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI officials said in a news conference.

Posted: Sep 19, 2021 6:53 PM
Updated: Sep 19, 2021 6:57 PM

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 6:23 p.m. ET] - Human remains discovered in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI officials said in a news conference.

"Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery," Charles Jones, FBI Denver's supervisory senior resident agent in Wyoming, said.

Jones opened the news conference extending condolences to Petito's family.

[Previous story, published at 5:52 p.m. ET]

A body was found Sunday in a national forest in Teton County, Wyoming, according to County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue.

Additional details were unavailable, Blue told CNN over the phone.

Authorities have been searching Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming for any evidence of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, whose family reported her missing September 11.

The FBI's Denver field office announced Sunday on Twitter authorities would hold a news conference regarding Petito's disappearance at 4 p.m. MT in Grand Teton National Park.

News of the discovery of a body comes as authorities in Florida also search for Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie, whose family told police Friday they had not seen him since last Tuesday.

Laundrie, 23, is not wanted for a crime, according to law enforcement officials. Prior to her disappearance, Petito had been traveling with Laundrie on a cross-country road trip through several Western states, leaving online reviews of campsites they visited.

Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida, without Petito on September 1, according to police. Officials later found the van the couple had been traveling in at the home Petito shared with Laundrie and his parents in North Port, a city in Sarasota County some 80 miles south of Tampa.

The latest efforts to locate Laundrie have shifted to a Florida nature reserve, where dozens of officers and FBI agents are combing an area that stretches out to roughly 25,000 acres, according to the North Port Police Department.

Laundrie's family told police he left home with his backpack Tuesday and told them he was going to the reserve, North Port police spokesperson Josh Taylor said Saturday.

Police visited the home after Petito was reported missing, but Laundrie's family refused to talk, Taylor said last week, and instead gave authorities the information for their attorney.

The home was searched Friday evening, when Laundrie's family told police they had not seen him for days. Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said Friday that Laundrie's whereabouts "are currently unknown."

Richard Stafford, the attorney for the Petito family, said in a brief statement to CNN, "All of Gabby's family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing."

The search for Petito on Saturday included ground surveys alongside the National Park Service and local authorities at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of Grand Teton National Park, the FBI's Denver field office said in a tweet.

The office said it is seeking assistance from anyone who was in the camping area between August 27 and 30 and may have had contact with Petito or Laundrie or seen their vehicle -- a 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida plate and stickers on the back, according to a FBI's Missing Person poster for Petito.

Laundrie search continues in 'vast' nature reserve
Before efforts were suspended Saturday evening due to darkness, 50 law enforcement officers from five local agencies and the FBI conducted their search for Laundrie in the "vast" Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, police said.

"Nothing found. Efforts will begin again Sunday morning," North Port police said on Twitter.

The search effort included the use of drones and bloodhounds who used articles of Laundrie's clothing taken from his home to get his scent, Taylor said in a news conference at the scene of the search Saturday. Police initially focused their search on a nearby park about 200 acres large before expanding to the rest of the reserve.

Police believe the vehicle Laundrie was driving may have been at the reserve, too, but has since been returned to the Laundrie's home, Taylor said.

Laundrie has an "enormous amount of pressure" on him to provide answers to what's going on, Taylor said.

Asked why Laundrie's family didn't tell police of his whereabouts until Friday, Taylor said, "that's a great question."

"You know we've obviously been trying to reach the family to get answers in this case since (last) Saturday," Taylor said. "The first time that we've had any in-depth conversation with them was (Friday) when their attorney called and said the family was concerned about Brian's whereabouts."

Law enforcement continue to characterize the disappearances of Petito and Laundrie as "multiple missing person investigations," according to a statement Friday from North Port police.

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