A post-mortem examination is to be performed later on a body found in Wyoming to determine if it is Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old who went missing on a road trip with her fiance.
The autopsy will take place in North Port, Florida, as police and FBI agents continue to search for the young woman’s fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
Investigators called Mr. Laundrie, 23, a “person of interest” in the case.
His parents told FBI agents they last saw him a week ago, when he told them he planned to hike alone in the 24,000-acre wilderness area of the United States. Carlton reserve, near North Port.
North Port Police on Monday called off their search of the swamp reserve after “exhausting all avenues” to find
Mr. Laundry room there.
Investigators spent much of Monday searching Laundrie’s house, loading boxes into a pickup truck and towing a silver Ford Mustang.
The body was found in a remote area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Sunday. An FBI spokesperson said it was “consistent” with that of Ms Petito, 5’5, 110 pounds (50 kg).
The autopsy should identify the remains and determine the cause of death.
Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie left their home state of New York in late June or early July, heading west in his white van with the intention of visiting US national parks and documenting the trip on networks. social.
Mr. Laundrie returned home to North Port alone in the van on September 1. Ten days later, family members of Ms. Petito reported her missing.
Before disappearing, Mr. Laundrie had refused to speak to investigators and had retained the services of a lawyer.
Witnesses last saw Ms. Petito on August 24 as she left a Salt Lake City hotel.
She posted her last photo from the trip on social media the next day.
Ms Petito’s family believe they were heading to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming when they last heard from him.
The body was discovered on the edge of this park, in a remote area less than 1,000 feet (300 m) from where a pair
travel bloggers filmed the white van parked along a dirt road near Spread Creek on the evening of August 27.
Police in Moab, Utah, last week released body camera footage of an August 12 meeting that two of their officers had with Ms Petito and Mr Laundrie during a traffic stop.
Ms Petito sobs in the video as she describes an argument with Mr Laundrie which she says has at times turned physical.
The police did not detain the couple, but insisted that they spend that night separately – Ms. Petito in the van and Mr. Laundrie in a hotel.
Ms Petito’s father, Joseph, posted on social media an image of a broken heart above a photo of his daughter, with the message: “She touched the world.”
In an interview aired Monday on US television’s Dr. Phil, Joseph Petito said Mr. Laundrie and his daughter had dated for two and a half years and that Mr. Laundrie was “still respectful”.