Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue will hold a press conference today regarding the autopsy ruling of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, the 22-year-old vanlifer whose disappearance and homicide has captured the attention of millions of people around the world.
The Jackson Hole News&Guide will cover the press conference, scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and will post updates online and in Wednesday’s paper.
Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 near the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area just outside of Grand Teton National Park following a multiday investigation by Denver FBI agents, the National Park Service, Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue and Jackson Police Department.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Petito’s brother wrote on Instagram after the FBI announced that remains had been found on the forest. “I’m at a total loss. My heart is shattered.”
Two days later, Blue officially confirmed the remains belonged to Petito.
On the day the search concluded, Petito’s father shared a photo of his daughter posing in front of an angel mural, the 22-year-old smiling and seemingly sprouting life-size, rainbow-colored wings.
“She touched the world,” Joseph Petito wrote in the post on the Facebook page the family created to aid in the search.
Brian Laundrie — Petito’s boyfriend and a person of interest in the case — is still missing, with few leads on his whereabouts.
There have been unsubstantiated tips about Laundrie as far north as North Carolina and even Canada, but law enforcement officers have mostly concentrated their search on the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida.
Laundrie and Petito, originally from Long Island, New York, were high school sweethearts. They had been living in Florida when they began a cross-country road trip in July, driving her 2012 white Ford Transit van, which they had converted into a camper. Laundrie returned to his Florida home in the van without her Sept. 1. Ten days later Petito’s parents reported her missing, according to law enforcement.
On Sept. 17, the attorney for Laundrie’s family contacted the FBI indicating they wanted to talk about their son’s disappearance. Laundrie’s parents told law enforcement they last saw their son Sept. 14.