Updated Sep 20, 2021 - News

FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby Petito

An image released by the FBI of influencer Gabby Petito.
Gabby Petito. Photo: FBI

Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI Denver official Charles Jones said at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

Of note: Her stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said he and her mother, Nichole Schmidt, last spoke with the 22-year-old on "either Aug. 23 or Aug. 24," when they were told Petito and Laundrie were departing Utah for Grand Teton National Park, Wy. — where the remains were found, per the New York Times.

The big picture: Petito was documenting her road trip through Western national parks using the #vanlife hashtag on social media when she vanished. Her family filed a missing persons report on Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York,

  • Laundrie, 23, returned to Florida driving her 2012 Ford Transit van without her and is a "person of interest" in her disappearance, per authorities.
  • North Port Police tweeted Sunday that a team of more than 50 officers was conducting a search of the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, after Laundrie's parents said this was his last known location.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Schmidt.

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