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Gabby Petito: body found believed to be missing vlogger

From the outside Gabby and Brian seemed to be the perfect couple, documenting their once in a lifetime journey together on her social media accounts.

The story took a turn for the worst when her fiancé returned home without her.

The latest developments in the story are a body has been found in Wyoming and is believed to be that of missing Gabby Petito, US officials have said.

The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds.

“Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Charles Jones.

Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old YouTuber and Instagram star, has been missing since late August, having embarked on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, that she was documenting on social media.

The couple grew up in Blue Point on Long Island in New York but lived together in North Port, Florida, setting out on a dream road trip from the Big Apple on 2 July in Ms Petito’s Ford Transit van and hoping to reach a friend’s house in Portland, Oregon, by Halloween.

However, Ms Petito’s family have not heard from their daughter since receiving text messages towards the end of last month that they have suggested may not have been written by her.

Mr Laundrie returned to North Port alone on 1 September.

Concerned for her daughter, Nicole Schmidt contacted police and a missing person’s investigation commenced on 11 September.

On September 14, Mr Laundrie also went missing, although his family did not report his absence to the police for several days. 

He was believed to have headed to Florida’s Carlton Reserve with just a backpack, and an intense manhunt began for him in this area.

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie set out from New York in her converted white 2012 Ford Transit van. She uploads regular social media posts over the course of the next six weeks on Instagram and YouTube from such beauty spots as Kansas’s Monument Rocks, Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce National Park in Utah and Canyonlands National Park.

Gabby and Brian’s vlog

The pair are seen bitterly arguing in Moab City, Utah. Concerned bystanders eventually call 911 to intervene. Attending officer Daniel Robbins notes the pair appeared to be in midst of a “mental health crisis” and that Mr Laundrie had locked Ms Petito out of the van but she had climbed back in through a window to continue remonstrating with him.

Brian during traffic stop

Double murder coincidence?

 Kylen Schulte and wife Crystal Turner are last seen at Woody’s Tavern in Moab City, Utah. Ms Schulte worked at Moonflower Co-op, near where Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie had their fight.

Kylen & Crystal

She worked the day of their fight, but left her shift an hour and a half before the fight is reported to have occurred.

The bodies of Kylen Schulte and wife Crystal Turner are found by authorities at a campsite in the mountains near Moab City, Utah.

The women told other campers a “creeper dude” had been near their campsite. No suspect has been identified in their murders.

Petito last made contact with her mother Aug. 25.

Police said Laundrie drove back to Florida in her van and arrived Sept. 1 without Petito.

Petito’s mother reported her missing 10 days later after she could not reach her daughter, and Laundrie and his parents allegedly failed to respond to her calls.

Laundrie has not cooperated with investigators in the missing persons case, and Grand County, Utah, authorities are “actively” looking into whether the two cases are connected, Sheriff Steven White said.

Miranda Baker says on TikTok, she and her boyfriend, picked up Mr Laundrie, who was hitchhiking by himself on 29 August at Colter Bay in Grand Teton .

Footage is released by a couple on YouTube that appears to confirm the van that Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were travelling in was in the Grand Teton National Park on August 27.

This was uploaded by a family blog page and it may have been during the time she was killed.

This haunting footage has been online for several days, the body was found yards away from where the van was filmed.

The police released a emotional statement where a Detective is visibly upset delivering the news.

Its rare for someone to document there last moments in such detail and this certainly added to the interest in the case.

Living in a internet age where your most personal moments are broadcast to the world.

Gabby was a young women finding herself and needed the support of her partner to do that.

I will keep you updated on the latest news and updates with this story.

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