Gabby Petito Family: Human remains “consistent with the description” of missing woman Gabby Petito were discovered by authorities. Gabby’s father and brother shared their emotional reactions on social media after the discovery.
On Sunday, after the FBI in Denver confirmed that remains consistent with the description of 22-year-old YouTuber Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito had been discovered near the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park, the YouTuber’s father posted a tribute to his daughter on social media.
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones expressed his condolences to the victims and asked that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time during a press conference held on Sunday afternoon.
Gabrielle Petito’s family reported her missing to the North Port, Florida, police department on September 11, according to police records. During a cross-country trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, on Sept. 1, she appeared to have vanished while in the western United States. Mr. Laundrie returned to his home in North Port without Ms. Petito, who was 22 at the time.
At a news conference on Sunday, F.B.I. officials announced that human remains “consistent” with Ms. Petito’s body had been discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park, on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park.
For the past few months, Ms. Petito has been working as a pharmacy technician to save money for the trip. According to her stepfather, Jim Schmidt, she met Mr. Laundrie, 23, when they were both students at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Long Island. She is the eldest of six siblings, and she is the sweetest.
A family lawyer also issued a statement to FOX News, requesting that the family be allowed to grieve at this time and thanking authorities for their tireless efforts in tracking down Petito. The statement read in part:
According to a statement obtained by FOX, Richard Benson Stafford said, “I am making a personal request to members of the press and news media not to contact the Schmidt and Petito, families.” “In light of today’s developments, we are requesting that the press and news media show some decorum and sensitivity toward Gabby’s family and allow them to grieve in peace. Gabby’s family will be in touch with you when they are ready to make a public statement.”
Following the announcement, NewsNation reporter Brian Entin noted on Twitter that Petito’s boyfriend’s family also issued a statement, which he confirmed.
An attorney for Brian and his family has not responded to Gabby’s family’s statement, nor has he made any other comments about his alleged disappearance or whereabouts.
A statement released prior to Brian’s disappearance said Brian would not speak about the case because “intimate partners are often the first people law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance,” according to the lawyer.