The remains of a body found in rural Wyoming are consistent with the description of Long Island woman Gabby Petito, who disappeared on a young lovers’ New York-to-Oregon road trip with her fiancé, authorities said Sunday.
“A full forensic examination has not been concluded to confirm that is her 100%, but her family has been notified,” a somber Charles Jones, senior FBI agent in Wyoming, said at a news conference that pointed to an increasingly grim prospect. “Cause of death has not been confirmed at this time.”
Sunday’s chilling announcement came amid a frenzied hunt for both the 22-year-old Petito and her Florida fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23.
The last time Petito’s family said they heard from her was in late August, when she was visiting Grand Teton National Park during her trip with Laundrie that began on Long Island and aimed to end in Oregon.
Petito’s family said they last spoke with their beloved daughter on Aug. 23.
Laundrie arrived — alone — at his parents home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1.
On Sept. 11, the desperate Petito family reported her missing.
The search intensified Saturday, when the FBI from Denver said they were focusing on ground surveys of Grand Teton National Park in the search for the young woman. They were helped by both National Park Services officials as well as local law enforcement.
Authorities searched an unrefined camping site on the park’s eastern boundary, near Spread Creek, where another Florida couple passing through the area in the early evening of Aug. 27. filmed what appears to be the white van Petito and Laundrie were driving.
The van had Florida plates.