Gabby Petito's Body Found In Wyoming, Family Lawyer Confirms As Cause Of Death Ruled A Homicide
The attorney for Gabby Petito's family has confirmed that the body found by the FBI earlier this week is in fact her.
Although, official autopsy results are still pending, in an official press release, FBI investigators announced that Gabby Petito’s death has been determined to be a homicide.
After the autopsy was performed on Tuesday, September 21, the agency’s Denver Field Office confirmed that she was killed by homicide.
Lawyer Richard Stafford, also told Business Insider the identification of the 22-year-old was confirmed.
Petito's remains were found at Grand Teton National Park where she was last seen on a camping trip with fiancé Brian Laundrie.
On Sunday, September 19, the FBI confirmed a body that matched Petito's description was found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. An officer said in a press conference, "Human remains discovered have been consistent with Gabby's description."
The North Port Police tweeted shortly after, "Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased. Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers."
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As OK! previously reported, the 22-year-old originally was reported missing on Saturday, September 11, by her family members after not returning home from a cross country road trip with her boyfriend and suspect in question Brian Laundrie.
Laundrie returned to Florida at the beginning of September, hired a lawyer and refused to speak to authorities about his missing girlfriend. The young man later took off and left his black mustang behind at a reserve near North Port and has not been heard from since Tuesday, September 14. On Monday, September 20, FBI agents raided the Laundrie family home, declaring the area "a crime scene."
A 911 call that was released to the public revealed while the couple was on their cross country vacation, a bystander had called in a tip to the police to report Laundrie allegedly “slapping” Petito.
In the clip obtained by Fox News, the caller said, “I’d like to report a domestic dispute in Florida with a white van, Florida license plate, white van. We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl. Then we stopped, and they ran up and down the sidewalk, he proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”