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Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Major national and international news outlets are now reporting on the disappearance of a young adventurer from North Port who was last seen in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

What we know: In July, 22-year-old Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, set out from the East Coast on a road trip in the couple’s Ford Transit van to visit national parks across the West.

  • She documented much of the #vanlife journey through Colorado and Utah on her Instagram and Youtube accounts.

Yes, but: Her Instagram post on Aug. 25 and a few subsequent texts were the last her family heard from her.

  • No one has reported communicating with her since Aug. 30.

Background: Petito lived in North Port at Laundrie's home on Wabasso Avenue before the van trip.

  • Laundrie returned to North Port, as did the van, but Petito did not.

North Port police took the van on Sunday, the North Port Sun reported, and Laundrie's family "advised police to contact a family lawyer in New York on his circumstances."

  • Police in Suffolk County, N.Y., where her parents live in the town of Blue Point, began investigating Petito’s disappearance late last week. Her parents reported her missing on Sept. 11 after not hearing from her for a week.

What they're saying: WABC in New York reported yesterday that a lawyer for Laundrie issued a statement saying the man and his family "hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family. On the advice of counsel the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment."

Petito's parents issued a statement later urging Laundrie to cooperate with police:

  • "Brian is refusing to tell Gabby’s family where he last saw her. Brian is also refusing to explain why he left Gabby all alone and drove her van to Florida."

The latest: A police chief in Utah told WFLA that Petito and Laundrie were involved in some incident that police investigated, but details are scarce.

  • “Our officers did respond to an incident involving (the boyfriend) and Gabrielle Petito on 12 August 2021 however, neither (he) or Gabrielle were the reporting party,” Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge wrote in an email. “Officers conducted an investigation and determined that insufficient evidence existed to justify criminal charges.”
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Sep 20, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Gabby Petito's body likely found as police search wilderness for fiancé

The North Port Police Department, FBI, and agency partners search the vast Carlton Reserve for Brian Laundrie. Photo courtesy of North Port Police

As Gabby Petito's family mourns, the search is still on for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.

What happened: After two days of police and FBI agents scouring Sarasota County for Laundrie, federal agents in Denver announced that a body consistent with the description of 22-year-old Petito was found in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday.

  • Police will now go through a full forensic identification to confirm the remains and the cause of death.

FBI agents search Brian Laundrie's North Port home

FBI agents take away evidence from the North Port family home of Brian Laundrie. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

As police searched the North Port family home of Brian Laundrie for clues to the disappearance — and likely death — of his fiancée, new details emerged that suggest Gabby Petito may have disappeared weeks before her parents reported her missing.

  • Police laid out a timeline in a search warrant last week for an external hard drive they found in the white Ford Transit van the couple drove on their road trip west.
Updated Sep 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely 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.