FBI calls Gabby Petito's death a homicide, cause of death remains undetermined


Sep. 21 2021, Published 5:07 p.m. ET

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FBI investigators announced that Gabby Petito’s death has been determined to be a homicide.

According to the agency’s Denver Field Office, Petito was killed by homicide. The results were announced after an autopsy on Sept. 21.

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The cause of death is still to be determined pending final autopsy results.

Petito was reported missing by her family in Florida on Sept. 11. She was on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. He returned and she didn’t. The news of her disappearance became international news as people tried to find Petito.

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Her last known location in early September was in a national park in Wyoming.

Gabby Petito

On Sept. 19, FBI investigators confirmed they found remains they believed to be Petito. Police named Laundrie as a person of interest in the case, though he went missing after being named. On Sept. 20, FBI and local police raided his parents’ home looking for evidence connected to the case.

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As part of the Sept. 21 update, FBI investigators said the remains were confirmed to be Petito.

Agents are now asking anyone who used the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Grand Teton National Park between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30 to contact police. They are asking for people who may have had contact with Petito or Laundrie or may have seen their white van.

Forensic invesitgators have also searched the camping area, according to the FBI.

"We extend sincere condolences to Gabby's family, friends and all people whose lives she touched," the FBI wrote on social media.


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