The ongoing saga of the disappearance of Gabbi Petito might be one step closer to being solved, according to the FBI. Remains thought to belong to the 22-year-old were found in Wyoming on Sunday, following a search by law enforcement that sought to discover the young woman’s whereabouts. The remains were reportedly found in Grand Teton National Park.
Petito recently went on a cross-country van trip with her fiancée, Brain Laundrie, and was dedicated to keeping up an ongoing social media presence showing off the natural sights they were encountering. Their goal was to hit as many national parks as possible throughout their trip, and Petito was diligent about keeping her family posted on their adventure.
At the end of August, Petito suddenly stopped updating her social media and didn’t contact her mother or father again. The last message she sent her mom was “No service is Yosemite,” though Petito’s father has told reporters that he doubts she wrote it. Prior to this message, police report that they had intervened when Petito and Laundrie had been spotted in an altercation in Moab, Utah on August 12.
Police in Moab indicate that Petito and Laundrie actually got into a physical fight with one another after an argument. However, the couple each told police that they were in love and that neither wanted to press charges against the other. The two stayed apart that night at the suggestion of the police, though it’s believed that they met back up the next day to continue their trip.
Brian Laundrie returned to his home in North Port, Florida on September 1, though Petito was not with him. He gave no explanation as to what happened to her and actively avoided speaking with the police. His family also proved uncooperative with efforts to talk to Laundrie, who has not yet been charged with a crime.
Adding to the complexity of the case, Laundrie himself is also now missing. After being home for two weeks, Laundrie told his parents he was going backpacking in the nature preserve near their home and left on Friday. He hasn’t been seen since, and police are searching the area for him.
Notably, the search isn’t a manhunt—yet. Laundrie is not formally a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance, though that could change as further information about the ill-fated cross-country van trip comes to light. For now, Petito’s family anxiously awaits the autopsy report on the Wyoming remains, and the search for Laundrie continues.