Law enforcement authorities confirmed over the weekend they discovered a body matching the description of 22-year-old travel blogger Gabby Petito.
During a news conference Sunday evening, the FBI revealed agents discovered a body in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming, that is “consistent with the description of” Gabby Petito.
“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” said FBI Supervisory Agent Charles Jones. “The cause of death has not been determined at this time.”
On Monday morning, the FBI executed a “court-authorized search warrant” at the North Port, Florida, home of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s fiancé and a person of interest in the case. Laundrie’s whereabouts have been unknown since last Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the FBI said the agency’s “thoughts and prayers are with” the Petito family, adding, “We ask that you all respect the privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.”
Petito’s father, Joseph, posted a brief but poignant tweet Sunday evening after learning his young daughter’s body had been found.
“She touched the world,” he wrote.
The younger brother of Gabby Petito wrote in his own post to Instagram, “I don’t even know what to say.”
“I’m at a loss,” wrote TJ Schmidt. “My heart is shattered.”
Gabby Petito’s uncle, Mike Schmidt, took to Facebook on Sunday night to thank those who supported the efforts to find his niece.
“I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and help,” he wrote. “I can’t acknowledge everyone individually so to all, thank you.”
“Hug your kids tighter tonight,” Schmidt added. “Take an interest in all they do, even if it’s not your thing. Tell them you love them. Meet and get to know their friends. And trust your gut. If you don’t get a good feeling, trust it.”
Please join us in prayer for the Petito family as they mourn the loss of their young daughter. Pray as well for law enforcement officials as they search for Laundrie and continue investigating this case.
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