FILE PHOTO: Gabrielle Petito, 22, who was reported missing on September 11, 2021 after traveling with her boyfriend across the country in a van and never returning home, appears in this undated photo. North Port / Florida Police / Document via REUTERS
Teams searching for Gabby Petito in a Wyoming national park have found remains “consistent” with the 22-year-old Florida resident and Long Island native, but have yet to make an official identification, the FBI said.
Petito has not been seen since her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, returned home after a long trip across the country without her on September 1. Laundrie has been named a “person of interest” in the case.
“Earlier today, human remains were discovered in agreement with Gabrielle Petito,” FBI spokesman Charles Jones said. “Full forensic identification has not been done to 100% confirm that we have found Gabby, but her family has been made aware of this discovery. “
Jones said the cause of death has yet to be determined.
Petito and Laundrie, 23, left New York City in June on their road trip, heading west in a white van planning to visit national parks along the way and documenting the trip on social media.
Petito posted his last photo on August 25. Her family believe she was heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming when they last heard from him.
Laundrie, who lived with Petito in North Port, about 70 miles (110 miles) south of St. Petersburg on the west coast of Florida, declined to speak to investigators.
His family told police on Friday that they had not seen him for three days. Florida police and FBI agents spent the weekend raking a nearby forest area for him.
Petito was last seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.