Authorities confirmed they found the remains believed to be Gabby Petito in Wyoming on Sept. 19.
Officials made the announcement during a press conference in Wyoming.
"Saddened and heartbroken to learn that Gabby has been found deceased. Our focus from the start, along with the FBI, and national partners, has been to bring her home. We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers," North Port police posted on socail media.
She had been missing since early September when she vanished during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. Police named Laundrie as a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance and wanted to speak to him. But he went missing in Florida — where he lives — days later and police then launched a search for him.
The case has drawn international attention as people, and police, try to determine what happened to Petito. The updated news on Sept. 19 of finding Petito’s remains ended the hope she would be found alive.
Petito’s family said they were last in communication with Gabby in the last week of August, according to North Port police in Florida. She was believed to have been in the area of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Petito and Laundrie were traveling in a white Ford Transit van with Florida plates on a cross-country trip when she disappeared.
Police say Laundrie returned to Florida on Sept. 1, 10 days before Petito was reported missing. On Sept. 11, Petito’s vehicle was found at her home.
The FBI joined the hunt for Petito and Laundrie in recent days.