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FBI says remains found in Bridger-Teton National Forest match Gabby Petito's description

Gracie Stockton
Updated: September 19, 2021 10:26 PM
Created: September 19, 2021 04:14 PM

Denver FBI said that human remains found Sunday in the Bridger-Teton National Forest match the description of Gabby Petito.

In a press conference at 5 p.m., Charles Jones, supervisory special agent for the Denver FBI office, said the remains were consistent with her description, and while a full forensic analysis hasn't been completed, her family has been notified. 

Authorities are continuing to close off the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the park to the public and an investigation is active and ongoing. 

The cause of death is unknown. 

The Teton County Coroner dispatched resources to a body found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest at about 4 p.m. Sunday, where a search has been underway for Gabby Petito, who was reported as missing on Sept. 11.

Petito, who was on a cross-county road trip, was seen arguing with her boyfriend, body camera video from the Moab Police Department shows. Officers had pulled over the van on Aug. 12 after it was speeding and hit a curb near Arches National Park's entrance. 

Brian Laundrie, Petito's boyfriend, is now also gone — family hasn't seen him since Tuesday. A search on the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida wrapped up for the day Sunday afternoon, according to North Port police. Laundrie was alone when he drove back to Florida on Sept. 1. He is a person of interest in Petito's disappearance, according to authorities. 

Anyone with information, especially anyone who was camping at Spread Creek between Aug. 27-30 and saw Petito or Laundrie or their vehicle, is encouraged to contact the Denver FBI. 

The car is a 2021 white Ford Transit van with Florida license plate QFTG03 and has a number of stickers on the rear, according to the FBI.

The Denver FBI, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff's Office, Teton County Search and Rescue and Jackson Police Department collaborated on the investigation. 

You can submit tips at tips.FBI.gov and upload photos to FBI.gov/Petito. They can be reached at 1-800-CALL-FBI and the local Denver number is 303-629-7171.


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