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FBI: Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito, cause of death unknown

(Source: KUTV/CNN)
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 5:14 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:21 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) -The FBI in Denver has confirmed that a body discovered in the Bridger-Teton National Forest matches the description of Gabrielle Petito and is believed to be her. The FBI extended its condolences to her family but stopped short of saying the confirmation was 100%.

The Teton County Coroner confirmed that the body has been found in a very remote area of Wyoming, south of Yellowstone National Park.

Petito disappeared after a cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie and had been living with him in North Port. The pair were documenting their trip on social media when the posts suddenly stopped Aug. 25. Brian returned to North Port with her van but not with Gabby. He hired an attorney and refused to cooperate with investigators.

On Friday, Sept. 17, Laundrie’s parents reported their son missing. A search has been underway inside the 25,000-acre T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve over the weekend but authorities have not yet located him. His vehicle had been recovered, with investigators believing his parents may had driven it back to the house.

The FBI in Denver have released this statement following the conclusion of their news conference from Grand Teton National Park earlier this evening.

This story is developing. ABC7 will update this with more information as it becomes available.

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