Breaking news reports indicate that the FBI has ruled the Gabby Petito case a homicide after a body found just days ago was identified as the missing 22-year-old.
According to a report in The Daily Wire, Petito’s remains were found in Wyoming during a highly publicized search after Petito’s family brought national attention to her missing persons case sparked from a van trip taken by Petito and her boyfriend that went very wrong.
“Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999,” the FBI said in a statement.
“Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.”
The FBI is still committed to finding justice to Petito, according to FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider who has been leading the bureau’s investigation into the case”
“The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms. Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions,” Schneider said.
“Mr. Brian Laundrie has been named a person of interest. Anyone with information concerning Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts should contact the FBI.”
Petito‘s family released their own statement via their attorney, offering their thanks to both investigators and the news media who have championed their daughter’s case, who indicated her parents were too grief-stricken to say more:
“I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve,” family attorney Richard Benson Stafford said. “We will be making a statement when Gabby is home.”