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Brian Laundrie's Family Release Statement After Coroner Confirms Gabby Petito's Cause Of Death As Homicide

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Brian Laundrie's Family Release Statement After Coroner Confirms Gabby Petito's Cause Of Death As Homicide

The family of Brian Laundrie have released a statement following the discovery of Gabby Petito's body.

Police confirmed this week that the body that was found in Bridger-Teton National Park on Sunday was that of the 22-year-old.

Following the tragic news, the family of the young influencer's boyfriend released a brief statement offering their condolences.

It read: "May Gabby Rest In Peace."

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It comes after post-mortem of the body found in the park was formally identified as Ms Petito.

In a statement, the FBI said: "Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999.

"Coroner Blue's initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results."

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After the tragic discovery of the body on Sunday (19 September), Ms Petito's family released a statement, which asked the press to give them some privacy.

In a follow-up statement yesterday (21 September), the family added: "I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve.

"We will be making a statement when Gabby is home."

Ms Petito and Laundrie had set out from New York to travel the country together in their converted van, stopping by America's vast national parks.

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However, after Ms Petito was last heard from by her mother in late August, Laundrie returned alone to his parent's house with the van on September 1.

Since then, he said he was heading out to take a hike alone at the Carlton Reserve in Florida, near to his parents home in North Port, Florida, but has now been missing for a week.

North Port Police then called off their search of the reserve after 'exhausting all avenues' to find Mr Laundrie there.

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His parent's house has also now been declared a 'crime scene' and the FBI and police have been searching the property, as well as vehicles, since yesterday.

Ms Petito was last seen alive on August 24 outside a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The following day she shared her last ever photograph on social media.

Her family believes that she was heading for the Grand-Teton National Park in Wyoming when they last made contact with her.

Then, on Sunday, her body was found inside the park, 1,000 feet from where a pair of travel bloggers had filmed their van on a dirt road near an area called Spread Creek on August 27.

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Police in Moab, Utah, has also since released body camera footage from August 12 that shows an encounter they had with Petito and Laundrie after a traffic stop.

A sobbing Ms Petito could be heard describing an argument with Laundrie that she says became physical.

Whilst the police officers did not detain the pair, they did order them to spend the night separately, with Petito remaining in the van and Laundrie booking into a hotel.

Laundrie has since been named a 'person of interest' by the authorities.

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Topics: Police, Investigation, US News, New York, FBI

Dominic Smithers
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