Gabby Petito 'dead': Body 'identified as missing YouTuber' ahead of official autopsy result, family lawyer says

A LAWYER for the family of Gabby Petito has claimed that the body found in Wyoming this weekend belonged to the 22-year-old vlogger.

The official autopsy is being conducted today but results have not yet been released by the Teton County Coroner's Office or FBI Denver.


However, the attorney for Petito's family, Richard Stafford, told Business Insider that the identification was confirmed.

Earlier on Tuesday, Stafford had released a statement thanking the media and public for "for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve."

"We will be making a statement when Gabby is home," he added.

Human remains were discovered in Grand Teton National Park, where the 22-year-old had been camping with her fiancé when she disappeared.

The coroner's van was seen leaving the national park after FBI and National Park Service officials held a press conference regarding the remains.

An FBI spokesperson said the bureau's staff will hold Gabby's family in their thoughts as they "mourn the loss" of their daughter.

"Today, the search revealed human remains consistent with the description of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito," the FBI statement said.

"Full forensic identification has not been completed and we do not yet know the cause of death. We appreciate your patience as we work through this process."

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"The FBI and our partners extend our heartfelt condolences to Gabby's family and loved ones," the statement continued.

"This is an incredibly difficult time for them, and our thoughts are with them as they mourn the loss of their daughter."

The vlogger had been traveling across America since July and was last seen on August 24 leaving a Utah hotel with Brian Laundrie.

They visited national parks and tourist attractions before she went missing.

Cops found their Ford Transit van in North Port, Florida, during the weekend of September 11 – when Gabby's parents reported her disappearance.

Laundrie returned to the state and hired an attorney, but went missing after he was named a person of interest.

According to his Instagram bio, he is a "nature enthusiast," and his most recent pictures are from his cross-country travels.

His Instagram account also indicates that he is an artist as he has multiple pictures posted related to printmaking art.

The search for Laundrie was called off on Monday morning as cops confirmed that they had no plans to conduct a major hunt of the Carlton Reserve.

Later that day, cops searched the home of Laundrie and bundled his parents into a police van after declaring the area a "crime scene."

The FBI announced a "search warrant" twice before they removed Chris and Roberta Laundrie from the home.

The parents were placed in a van on their lawn.

Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
  • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip. The video receives more than 200,000 views.
  • August 24 – Gabby is last spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days.
  • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
  • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
  • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.

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