Gabby Petito: The Laundrie family found the note – left by police – and decided to leave it in case Brian returned to his vehicle amidst their search.
Brian Laundrie, the fiance to Gabby Petitio, is still at large. Currently, the Florida resident is “missing” after leaving for a “hike” in the vast Carlton Reserve of Sarasota County.
We now know that Laundrie’s vehicle – a Ford Mustang – was parked outside the nature reserve last week. His attorney, Steven Bertolino, tells The New York Post that police left a notice on Laundrie’s Mustang before last Wednesday, Sept. 15.
On that Wednesday, the Laundrie’s say they found the note on Brian’s vehicle and chose to leave it – in case he turned up during the search for Gabby Petito. According to Bertolino, the note was asking for the Mustang’s removal by police.
23-year-old Brian Laundrie disappeared into the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve on Tuesday, Sept. 14, authorities believe. He has not been heard from since. His family would not report him missing until Friday, Sept. 17.
During this time frame, the FBI and local authorities across the U.S. would begin an exhaustive search for 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Florida officials would be forced to conduct a search for Laundrie, too.
Laundrie remains a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s case, and authorities will continue their search for him elsewhere.
Body ‘Consistent’ with Gabby Petito Found as Brian Laundrie Remains At Large
Sunday, Sept. 19 would lead to the heartbreaking discovery of a body near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. In the FBI’s press release, they would cite the remains as “consistent with the description” of Gabby.
Local authorities would make the discovery in Bridger-Teton National Forest after a two-day search of campgrounds. According to the latest information, the body was found in the vicinity of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area.
“First and foremost, I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” offered an emotional Charles Jones, supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI office in Denver, on Sunday amidst the discovery’s announcement to the public.
“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified,” Jones would continue. “This is an incredibly difficult time for (Gabby Petito’s) family and friends.”
Gabby’s parents would last hear from her on Aug. 25 while on her cross-country road trip with Laundrie. The two were to visit America’s western national parks. Laundrie would then return home to Florida with Gabby’s van on Sept. 1 – without his fiance. He refused to speak to authorities for the remainder of his time with family before disappearing.