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Body of Gabby Petito may have been found in Wyoming park where she was last seen

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11.

(Moab Police Department) Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talks to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s body is suspected found at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the FBI field office in Denver announced Sunday afternoon at a press event held at the national park.

Police said they cannot be absolutely sure it is Petito’s body, but her family has been contacted. They said the remains found at the site were “consistent” with her description.

“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” said Charles Jones, FBI Senior Supervisory Resident from the Denver office.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, Jones said.

Petito was last seen at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming after checking out of a Salt Lake City hotel on Aug. 24. She had also visited Moab with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, in mid-August.

There was some speculation that Petito’s disappearance was connected to the double homicide of Moab couple Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38. But police said Friday that the two cases are not linked.

Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11, and had last contacted her family at the end of August. Moab police released bodycam video on Thursday of officers pulling over Petito and Laundrie after someone reported seeing a “domestic disturbance.” The traffic stop occurred on Aug. 12 near Arches National Park.

Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case by North Port police in Florida, where the couple lives. He returned to Florida alone on Sept. 1 with the van in which he and Petito were traveling on a monthslong road trip. Petito was reported missing 10 days later.

Laundrie has reportedly gone missing recently in a large nature preserve in Florida, per ABC News.

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