The family of Brian Laundrie (left) says they are heartbroken by the discovery what are believed to be Gabby Petito's (right) remains.The fa
The family of Brian Laundrie (left) says they are heartbroken by the discovery what are believed to be Gabby Petito’s (right) remains.
The family of Brian Laundrie, fiancé to van-life woman Gabby Petito and a person-of-interest in her disappearance, says they are heartbroken by the discovery of her body.
‘The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family,’ lawyer Steven Bertolino said Sunday in a statement issued on the family’s behalf.
The Laundries have remained ‘in the background’ throughout most of the investigation, under the advice of their attorney.
Sunday’s statement is the first public comment the family has made since last Tuesday and comes in wake of the discovery of a body at the Spread Creek campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Officials believe the remains are that of Petito. An autopsy set for Tuesday to confirm the identity and find out how she died.
Laundrie, who was reportedly uncooperative in the investigation and is considered a person of interest in the case, has since gone missing himself.
The Laundrie family’s layer issued a statement Sunday saying: ‘The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family’
Petito was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 after they hadn’t heard from her in 13 days. She had been traveling with Laundrie, 23, since July – and last spoke to relatives on August 25. Laundrie returned alone on Sept. 1 to their home in North Port, Florida
Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family on Sept. 11 after they hadn’t heard from her in 13 days. She had been traveling with Laundrie, 23, since July – and last spoke to relatives on August 25.
Laundrie returned alone on Sept. 1 to their home in North Port, Florida, where the couple moved in with his parents two years ago, in their 2012 Ford Transit van.
At that time, he refused to talk directly to detectives to help solve the mystery disappearance – and his family directed officers to their attorney, Steven Bertolino.
Bertolino issued a statement to DailyMail.com on Tuesday (Sept. 14) saying: ‘This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family.
‘I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united 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.’
Laundrie reportedly went for a hike that same day and failed to return home.
Laundrie was reported missing on Friday after his parents say he went for a hike on Tuesday and failed to return home
On Sunday a team of 50 police officers from six different agencies searched the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve for Laundrie. He still remains missing
His parents told investigators on Friday that their son told them on Tuesday, when they last saw him, that he was headed to his frequent hiking spot Myakkahatchee Creek Environment Park, which is tied to the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve.
Bertolino said the family went out to the reserve on Wednesday to look for him and found a note from the North Port Police Department on Brian’s mustang saying that it needed to be moved.
The family left the car overnight ‘so he could drive back,’ Bertolino said, but when he didn’t come home Thursday, they retrieved the car, which was seen in the driveway on Friday.
On Sunday a team of 50 police officers from six different agencies searched the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve for Laundrie. He still remains missing.
Meanwhile, in Wyoming, investigators discovered remains believed to belong to Petito.
The FBI said the body found in Grand Teton National Park is ‘consistent with a description’ of Petito, but said a full forensic identification has yet to be completed. A cause of death will be determined at the autopsy.
Investigators discovered remains believed to belong to Petito on Sunday. The FBI said the body found in Grand Teton National Park is ‘consistent with a description’ of Petito, but said a full forensic identification has yet to be completed
The Teton County Coroner was seen leaving the campsite Sunday afternoon with what is believed to be Petito’s remains
Missing van-life girl Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph, shared a tribute to his daughter on social media Sunday with a photo of her adorned with angel wings (pictured) and the caption: ‘she touched the world’
Charles Jones, supervisory senior resident agent for FBI Denver, delivered the tragic news Sunday evening.
Jones told reporters: ‘As every parent can imagine this is an incredibly difficult time for the family, and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter.’
After the FBI’s announcement, Petito’s father, Joseph, shared a tribute to his daughter on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a photo of her adorned with a pair of angel wings, and the caption: ‘she touched the world.’
Richard Benson, an attorney for the Petito and Schmidt family on her mother’s side, thanked law enforcement and search and rescue teams for their efforts in finding the girl.
‘Your tireless work and determination helped bring Gabby home to her parents,’ he said in a statement. ‘The family and I will be forever grateful.’
The Laundrie family also issued their statement Sunday evening, speaking out publicly for the first time in nearly a week.
Timeline of missing Gabby Petito’s case
- July 1: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip
- August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple
- Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah
- Aug. 24: Petito is last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie
- Aug. 25: Petito makes final call to her mother, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
- Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes
- Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, around 6.30 pm at the Spread Creek Campground
- Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and asked them for a ride at 5.30pm; Schmidt says she is not entertaining this claim and believes it possibly factual
- Aug. 30: Schmidt receives the last text from Petito: ‘No service in Yosemite’
- Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito
- Sept. 11: Schmidt reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van was impounded by police in Florida that same day
- Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito
- Sept. 14: Laundrie issues a statement about Petito’s disappearance through his lawyer; Also on this day, Laundrie allegedly left his parents’ home for a hike
- Sept. 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case
- Sept. 17: Laundrie family attorney confirms his whereabouts are unknown
- Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI start searching the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie
- Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van around 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials announce a body was found near Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description in the afternoon