- Sam Chapman, News Contributor
Beyond the dome: Body of Gabby Petito Confirmed, Cause of Death Alleged Homicide
Blue Point, NY native Gabby Petito’s remains were found on Tuesday in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
The cause of death is uncertain, but it is expected to be revealed as homicide after remains consistent with Petito were found on Sunday.
Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, began a four-month-long cross-country trip on July 2. During their trip, local Moab, Utah police were called to respond to an altercation described as “disorderly conduct” between the couple, according to ABC. CNN reported that the pair got into a physical fight following an argument. The passing witness claimed that Laundrie slapped her.
Following the final communication with her family on Aug. 24, Petito was believed to be in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Her family received one final text from Petito, but later said they did not believe that it actually was her.
Laundrie hitched a ride alone in Wyoming and claimed that he camped alone, while Petito stayed in the couple’s van.
According to CNN, “a woman publicly claimed that she and her boyfriend gave Laundrie a ride on August 29 in Wyoming — and that Laundrie claimed he'd been camping by himself for multiple days while Petito was at their van.”
After Petito’s family reported her missing on Sept. 11, authorities reached out to Laundrie’s family, but weren’t given much cooperation. The Petito family pleaded for information about their daughter, but Laundrie’s family refused to answer.
Laundrie’s family then reached out to the police. They said that they hadn't seen their son in three days. Authorities are still searching for him.