The case of Gabby Petito: What is known about the missing van lifer
Gabby Petito's family reported her missing on Sept. 11, and closure has been hard to come by.
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Gabby Pettito, a 22-year-old woman, was reported missing on Sept. 11th by her family after they received no communication from her since Aug. 30th.
Gabby's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, arrived home alone on Sept. 1st, after having traveled cross country with the young woman. After learning this and receiving the complaint from Petito's relatives, North Port authorities went to Laundrie's home the night of Sept. 11th asking to speak with him and his family, but "they basically gave us his lawyer's information," said Josh Taylor, a police spokesman.
On Sept. 16th, the Petito family's attorney read a letter where her parents pleaded with her boyfriend's family for some answers about their daughter's whereabouts.
"Please, if you or your family have any decency left, please tell us where Gabby is," the lawyer read.
Following the family's pleas, Laundrie's parents said that since Sept. 14th, they had not heard anything about the whereabouts of their son, who is now considered a subject of interest to the investigation.
"It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime," North Port police said on Twitter Friday night. "We are not currently working on a felony investigation. We are now working on a multiple missing persons investigation."
Possible remains of Gabby were found
Human remains were discovered on Sunday, Sept. 19th in Teton County, Wyoming, which "fit the description of Gabby Petito," the FBI announced at a press conference.
"Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we have found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery," said Charles Jones, FBI Denver senior resident supervisory agent in Wyoming.
The human remains were found near the Spread Creek campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the location where Petito's truck was last seen with Laundrie during their trip.
According to the FBI, the "cause of death" of the remains has not yet been "determined," and Petito's family is awaiting the results to determine if they match those of the missing girl.
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