Laundrie family calls discovery of Gabby Petito’s body ‘heartbreaking’

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The FBI confirmed that Petito's remains were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The attorney representing Brian Laundrie and his parents — who have all refused to speak to police about Gabby Petito’s disappearance — called the discovery of her apparent remains in a Wyoming park Sunday “heartbreaking.” 

“The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking,” lawyer Steven Bertolino, speaking on behalf of the Laundrie family, told The Post in a text message Sunday evening. 

“The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family.”

Late Sunday afternoon, investigators from the FBI announced they discovered a body in the Bridger-Teton National Forest that is “consistent with the description of Petito.” They said a complete forensic examination still needs to be done but asked the public to give the Long Island woman’s family “privacy” as they “mourn the loss of their daughter.” 

The 22-year-old from Blue Point went missing at the end of August after she embarked on a cross country road trip with Laundrie, her 23-year-old boyfriend, in a converted 2012 Ford Transit van. 

The FBI confirmed the discovery of remains in Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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Laundrie, who has been named a person of interest in his girlfriend’s disappearance, returned without Petito on Sept. 1 and she was reported missing on Sept. 11 by her mother. 

Police searching for Brian Laundrie inside a nature reserve in North Port, Florida on September 19, 2021.
Police searching for Brian Laundrie inside a nature reserve in North Port, Florida on September 19, 2021.
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He has since gone missing himself after telling his parents he was going for a hike at a sprawling, 25,000 nature reserve close to his home on Tuesday and hasn’t been seen since, his parents told police. 

Laundrie was last known to be hiking at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
Laundrie was last known to be hiking at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park.
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Since Saturday morning, dozens of law enforcement personnel have been scouring the area, using K9s, drones and ATVs to search for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve. 

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As of Sunday night, he remains missing. 



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