The young American traveler Gabby Petito, who shared on social networks her journey in the vastnesses of the western United States with her fiancé and whose mysterious disappearance has moved Americans, was the victim of a homicide, announced Tuesday September 20 the FBI.
The initial analysis by the medical examiner responsible for examining the body found in the state of Wyoming is that the death is a « homicide », details a press release from the Denver, Colorado, FBI division. Federal police add that the official cause of death will be confirmed by the final autopsy results.
A call for witnesses has also been issued for anyone who crossed paths with the couple on a camping area in Grand Teton National Park between August 27 and August 30. The case fascinated Internet users around the world, who followed and commented on all stages of the vast search operation to find the 22-year-old woman, who went missing on September 11 during a traveling trip with her companion, Brian Laundrie. .
Her fiancé actively wanted by the police
The couple had started their journey in New York on the east coast, posting photos of sublime views of the country and of themselves smiling beside their campervan. In a video posted on YouTube, the two lovers kiss at sunset and take a walk on the beach. Gabby Petito’s parents last contacted her when the couple were in the Grand Teton National Park area.
Her fiancé, 23-year-old Biran Laundrie, was actively wanted on Tuesday by the police, who had raided her parents’ home the day before, where the couple also lived. Over two weeks ago, Mr. Laundrie walked home alone to this North Port, Florida home with his friend’s van. He refused to speak to investigators, before disappearing. The manhunt launched by the police continued to generate great interest in the United States on Tuesday.
The hunt takes place in a marshy reserve in Florida, announced the North Port police, in charge of research with the FBI. “The Carlton Preserve is a large and hostile area at times. She is currently waist-deep in flood in many places. It’s dangerous work for the search teams, who advance through swamps infested with alligators and snakes ”, she explains in a Facebook post.