FBI Issues Statement: Body Found Sunday is ‘Likely’ Gabby Petito, Extends ‘Condolences’ to Family

by Jon D. B.

The FBI has just released their full statement on the body found in Grand Teton National Park Sunday, sending their “condolences” to the family of Gabby Petito.

“First and foremost, I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” offers a visibly emotional Charles Jones, supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI office in Denver.

His comments come on the heels of the FBI’s press briefing Sunday. Within, authorities confirmed that the body found in Grant Teton National Park Sunday is not only “consistent with the description” of Gabby Petito, but it is “likely” to be her.

“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito. Full forensics identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” Jones would clarify.

“The cause of death has not been determined at this time.”

The FBI’s Denver branch has since shared a recording of Jones’ briefing:

In addition, FBI Denver has made their full statement on the “Disappearance of Gabby Petito” public. It can be read in full below.

“Our statement is [below] & we have no additional comment at this time. #FBIDenver & our partners extend our condolences to Gabby’s family. We thank the public for your generous support of this investigation,” FBI Denver captions the release on their official Twitter.

World Mourns as “Likely” Remains of Gabby Petito Found in Grand Teton

Sunday has proven a breakthrough day in the heartbreaking case. Outsiders the world over have been awaiting answers for Gabby. With the latest from the FBI, officials expect a DNA confirmation of the body within hours. When results conclude, agents expect the remains to be verified as Gabby Petito.

Before the body’s discovery, Wyoming locals would tell FOX News that it is “unlikely” that Gabby Petito could survive for three weeks in the wilderness of the area. Through September, temperatures drop below freezing at night. This, alongside dangerous wildlife in the area, make survival near-impossible without professional gear and/or assistance.

As the world hangs in the balance waiting for any answers for Gabby, her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, remains “missing” in Florida’s Carlton Reserve. Laundrie would leave his home for the wilderness after a week of no cooperation with authorities. He remains a person of interest in the case.

It is currently unclear if the discovery of this body will elevate Laundrie’s role in the case. It is likely, however, that he will elevate from a person of interest to a suspect.

Outsider sends our sincerest condolences to the Gabby Petito’s loved ones, and all those swept up in this horrific loss.