Update, 4:14 p.m. Sept. 19: FBI confirms human remains found are consistent with description of 22-year-old Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito. No cause of death has been determined. FBI asks public for any additional sightings of Petito or Brian Laundrie at the Spread Creek dispersed camping area Aug. 27-29.
Original: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed today, according to Fox News Digital, that a body has been found in an area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest where FBI and local law enforcement agencies had been conducting "ground surveys" in conjunction with the search for missing 22-year-old Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito.
The body has not been identified. It was found in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the national forest. On Saturday evening, the FBI Denver Field Office announced a public closure of the zone, in conjunction with its Wyoming resident agencies, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff's Office and Jackson Police Department.
At 3 p.m. today, FBI's Denver Field Office announced a press conference with local law enforcement partners to "provide an update in the investigation into Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito's disappearance." The press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park.
Watch the press conference live here.
The Spread Creek area where the body was found is a popular boondocking zone, where a hunter and at least two sets of visitors camping in the area had reported sightings between Aug. 27 and Aug. 29 of Petito's white 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida plates. Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie had been driving the small white van on a cross-country road trip.
Petito's last confirmed contact with her family was around Aug. 24-25 in a FaceTime with her mom, in which she said she was in Grand Teton National Park.
The Spread Creek area is just east of Grand Teton National Park off of U.S. Highway 89/191.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI through these tiplines: tips.fbi.gov, 1-800-CALL-FBI, or 303-629-7171. Photos and videos may be uploaded via the FBI’s digital media tipline dedicated to this case: fbi.gov/petito.
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