Gabby Petito Case: Parents of Slain Woman Head to Wyoming to Reunite with Her Remains

by Brianna Vacca

Just three weeks after Gabby Petito’s been identified near Grand Teton National Park, Gabby and her family will finally reunite.

The family of Gabby Petito is heading west to Wyoming this morning to collect their daughter’s remains. The family plans to return to New York this weekend after they collect their daughter’s ashes, per Fox News.

Her family will also meet with local law enforcement to speak updates on the case. However, the family doesn’t wish comment until their daughter’s remains are home with them. The family thanks everybody for giving them endless support and love during these trying times as they await more answers.

On Tuesday, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue says that Petito passed due to manual strangulation/throttling. He confirms that Petito’s body has been located at Spread Creek and was placed there three to four weeks before, putting her last day at the end of August. The manner of death is homicide. The day of the press conference, Nichole Schmidt, Gabby’s mother, and stepfather Jim visited their daughter’s memorial site in Long Island, New York.

A federal warrant is active for Brian Laundrie – the only person of interest in this case. He’s missing as of September 14th. As of now, authorities will not identify if there is more to link Laundrie to the case than bank fraud. Laundrie was using Petito’s cards after her passing.

Petito went missing after a cross-country trip with her ex-fiance Brian Laundrie. After Laundrie returned home on September 1st. Petito’s mother Nicole reported her daughter missing to Suffolk County Police on September 11th.

Chris Laundrie Grilled

The Father of Brian Laundrie, Chris Laundrie, isn’t too concerned. He’s been trimming the grass near Petito’s makeshift memorial and going about his usual lawn care. There is transparent video surveillance of Chris going on early morning gas runs and grocery trips, and when asked if his son has always had a violent history, he kept quiet. His mother also has nothing to say.

The Laundrie’s family attorney issued a statement saying that he wants everybody to know that, “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the fraud charge pending against him.”

Gabby Petito’s family are reeling from the pain of their daughter’s death and are fed up with the Laundrie family’s silence. “His words are garbage,” Petito’s mother said in a text to WFLA’s J.B. Biunno. But, she continues, “Keep talking.”

Local residents are upset to learn Petito’s manner of death, and some feel the pain of the news all over again. “Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry,” one local resident said. “My heart breaks for you. My heart really breaks for you, and I hope that you can find some kind of peace somewhere, somehow.