An attorney for Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito’s mother congratulated the FBI and police just hours after the FBI alerted her family about a body discovered in Wyoming during their search.
The body discovered near Grand Teton National Park is “consistent with the description” of the missing 22-year-old, according to FBI sources. However, a “full forensic identification” is still required to establish it is Petitio and to ascertain the cause of death.
“Your relentless work and persistence helped return Gabby home to her parents,” said the law firm of Richard B. Stafford in a statement. “My family and I will be eternally grateful.”
Stafford requested privacy for Petito’s family.
Nichole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, characterized her daughter as “the type of person that was free.”
“She went wherever the day took her,” Schmidt explained.
Petito, who is originally from Long Island, embarked on a road trip with her fiance Brian Laundrie in July. According to their social media accounts, they planned to arrive in Oregon by the end of October, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park, authorities said.
Laundrie has been named as a person of interest in the investigation. He was last seen by family members in North Port on Tuesday.
An attorney for his family described the news as “heartbreaking.”
The attorney stated, “The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family.”