Gabby Petito: FBI believe body discovered in Wyoming national park is missing van-life blogger

The FBI has announced that a body recovered at a park in Wyoming is believed to be that of missing van-life blogger Gabby Petito.

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In a development that seemed to draw a line under one a part of a sprawling drama that gripped the state – whilst other elements of it continued – a senior G-man said human remains matching an outline of the girl had been found at a camp site, located about 20 miles north of Jackson.

FBI senior advisory agent Charles Jones said on Sunday afternoon that while there had not at now been a 100 per cent identification of the remains, the authorities had informed the oldsters of Ms Petito, to whom he issued his condolences.

“The explanation for death has not been determined at this point ,” said Mr Jones, sometimes his voice faltering.

“We appreciate your continued support and patience as we run through this process.”

Ms Petito, 22, has been missing since last month. She had been on a cross-country trip from her native Long Island together with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, 23 – who drove her van back to Florida without her.

The authorities had focused their search on the Spread Creek Road dispersed camp in Grand Teton park . Rangers from the park Service blocked the general public and therefore the media from entering the location , while campers who had been using it were told to be gone the time the search started on Saturday.

It was believed that the campsite was one among several that Ms Petito had listed as being among those they planned to go to .

Late on Saturday, a couple, on a road trip across America, posted video they assert shows the white Ford Transit van employed by Ms Petito and her boyfriend parked at the campsite that was being searched by the FBI.

The video was posted by Jenn and Kyle Bethune, who transformed a 1983 sliver eagle bus to hit the road, and post video updates at their page Red White & Bethune, which is subtitled “Showing America through our Lens”.

“This is at the Spread Creek dispersed campsite . We got there and there was an enormous gravel lot and that we decided we wanted to undertake to drive more toward the rear because we’d heard the views were better back here. So we were heading back on this long dirt, gravel road,” Mr Bethune said, narrating the video he posted on Saturday night.

His wife continued: “And we found a white van that had Florida plates, alittle white van. We were getting to stop and say hi because we’re from Florida too, but the van was completely dark there was nobody there so we decided to continue on our way.”

At the news conference on Sunday, Mr Charles thanked the general public for its help.

“We appreciate the tremendous support from the general public . The support from the public's response to request of tips has been remarkable,” he said. “We still seek information from anyone who utilise the spread Creek dispersed campsite between the dates of August 27 and August 30.”

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