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Body matching Gabby Petito’s description found in Wyoming



Body matching Gabby Petito’s description found in Wyoming

A body that appears to be missing 22-year-old Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was found Sunday in Wyoming, weeks after she disappeared while on a cross-country van trip with her boyfriend, authorities said.

The body was found in the area of the Spread Creek camp sites near Grand Teton National Park, where Petito was last known to be alive in late August. The cause of death has not been determined, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones said in a news conference Sunday.

“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified,” Jones said. “This is an incredibly difficult time for (Petito’s) family and friends.”

An attorney who has been acting as a spokesman for the Petito family could not be reached immediately for comment.

Petito was living in a van with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, 23, and visiting national parks in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming this summer before Laundrie returned home in the van without Petito on Sept. 1.

Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11, and Laundrie was named a person of interest in the case before he too disappeared. Authorities on Sunday were searching a vast Florida wildlife reserve for Laundrie, whose family said they had not seen him since Tuesday and that they believed he’d entered the reserve.

North Port Police said on Twitter Sunday that the search in Florida had concluded for the evening with “nothing to report.” Authorities previously said Laundrie did not cooperate with police but emphasized that he was not wanted for a crime.

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