At 4:18 p.m. Sunday, the father of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito 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 family’s Facebook page, Find Gabby.
Just minutes before, FBI agents stood at a podium in Grand Teton National Park’s visitor center in Moose to report that human remains had been found. They were consistent with the description of Petito — a 5-foot-5-inch, blond-haired, blue-eyed adventure blogger who hadn’t been seen or heard from since late August.
As authorities announced the grim news on a frigid fall Sunday, storms rolled across the Teton mountains to the west. To the east, at 5:15 p.m., a brief break in the clouds opened up to a rainbow above the forest along Spread Creek. Moments later, a coroner’s vehicle drove down the Spread Creek Road, presumably carrying the remains away from the scene.
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