A Wyoming coroner completed his autopsy Tuesday on the body of a young woman found in Grand Teton National Park over the weekend.
According to Insider, a text message from the Petito family lawyer, Richard Stafford, texted them that the autopsy confirmed that the body found is that of Gabby Petito.
The FBI alerted the family of Gabby Petito that they had found remains “consistent” with the description of Gabby. Her father tweeted a photo of her, his first-born child, saying “she touched the world.”
Gabby Petito, 22, last spoke to her parents on Aug. 25. She and her 23-year-old fiance, Brian Laundrie, were traveling across the country to visit national parks for their “Van Life” YouTube channel. Laundrie returned home on Sept. 1 alone in Petito’s converted van.
Shortly thereafter, Laundrie and his family hired a lawyer and refused to speak to the police. Laundrie also went missing last week. Gabby Petito’s family, however, believes he’s on the run and not missing.
The Laundrie family schedule a press conference for Tuesday, Sept. 21, to discuss the investigation but reportedly canceled it at the last minute.
Police have not charged Laundrie with a crime. They say he is a “person of interest” who is only wanted for questioning in the death. However, that could change now that the autopsy results are starting to come back. Though FBI agents searched his family home in Florida and the van he shared with Gabby Petito to find any information to help piece together what happened in this case.
Search For Brian Laundrie Widens as Tips Pour In
Brian Laundrie reportedly left his house last Tuesday and disappeared. His parents told investigators that he grabbed his backpack and left to spend time at the Carlton Reserve, a nearby recreational area in Sarasota County, Fla. But his parents didn’t report him missing to the police for four days. Investigators combed the preserve over the weekend, but on Monday said they ended major searches there they found no leads on his whereabouts.
“At this time, we currently believe we have exhausted all avenues in searching of the grounds there,” North Port Police Department spokesman Josh Taylor said in a statement. “Law enforcement agencies continue to search for Brian Laundrie.”
Since then, people say they have spotted Brian Laundrie in different parts of the Southeast.
Several callers believe they spotted him in different cities across Alabama, with the majority of tips coming from Mobile. But police investigated all of them and came up empty-handed. Investigators don’t believe Laundrie has any ties to that area. They also do not believe the tips are connected.
“The search area starts to grow every hour he could be in a car or be on foot,” Boyer said. “It gets pretty daunting, to be honest.”
Though, it also increases the likelihood that someone will see him if he is on the move. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the authorities immediately.