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Gabby Petito's Family Issue Statement After Authorities Find Body

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Gabby Petito's Family Issue Statement After Authorities Find Body

The family of Gabby Petito has issued a statement after authorities found a body in the area where they've been searching for the 22-year-old.

DNA testing is yet to be completed however the FBI said the body discovered Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming matches the description of the YouTuber who hasn't been seen in weeks.

The 22-year-old's father, Joseph, has written on social media that he believed his daughter 'touched the world'.

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The family's lawyer has also made an announcement on behalf of the Petitos.

"I am making a personal request to members of the press and news media to refrain from contacting the Schmidt and Petito family," Richard Benson Stafford said.

"Due to today's developments, we are asking the press and news media to have some decorum and sensitivity for Gabby's family and allow them to grieve.

"I will be in contact with you when Gabby's family is ready to make a public statement."

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Gabby and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, had been driving around national parks in the US in their van, all the while documenting their trip on social media.

Her family hadn't heard from her since 25 August, and they subsequently reported her missing on 11 September.

The 22-year-old was last seen leaving a hotel with Brian Laundrie in Salt Lake City on August 24.

They had been documenting their travels on social media. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetitoThey had been documenting their travels on social media. Credit: Instagram/@gabspetito

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Laundrie returned with the van to North Port, Florida - where they had been living prior to setting off on their journey - but police said his family wouldn't let officers speak to him. The family have now said they don't know where he is.

Brian's family has also issued a statement after the body believed to be Gabby's was discovered in Wyoming.

The Laundrie family attorney said on behalf of them: "The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family."

Charles Jones, supervisory senior resident agent for FBI Denver, said the cause of death for the discovered body hasn't yet been determined.

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An autopsy will be completed on Tueday (September 21).

Agent Jones said during a press conference: "As every parent can imagine this is an incredibly difficult time for the family, and friends, our thoughts and prayers are with them.

"We ask that you all respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter."

Topics: News

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