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Missing Gabby Petito’s van spotted by national park before body found in search

The white campervan which missing influencer Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie used to travel cross-country was spotted after a family found it in their holiday footage. A body has now been found in the search for the influencer

The converted van which Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie were travelling cross-country in has been spotted on footage from August 27

The white campervan of missing influencer Gabby Petito was spotted in footage taken at a national park before a body was found during searches today.

Today the FBI confirmed that a body matching the description of Gabby had been found at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Official identification of the body is yet to take place.

Gabby’s family had previously said the FBI were aware of a video from August 27 which showed the influencer’s converted camper at Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area by the park.

She and fiancé, Brian Laundrie, were travelling in the camper cross-country to visit America’s western national parks.

Mr Laundrie then returned home to Florida without Gabby – who hadn’t been heard from since a final text to her mum on August 30.




Ms Petito’s last contact with family was via text message on August 30, which her family suspect was not typed by her hand
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She was reported her missing on September 11.

The couple’s last known whereabouts before the new video was that they had left Utah, en route to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, on August 24.

On that day, Ms Petito’s mum, Nicole Schmidt, spoke to her daughter on Facetime – the last time she knew for sure her whereabouts.

There were two later messages, on August 27 and 30, but Nicole does not know for certain they were from her daughter.

Ground searches at the Spread Creek campsite near Grand Teton were carried out over the weekend when the body was found.



A family at the campsite at the same time as the couple combed through their holiday footage and found the van
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Charles Jones, of FBI Denver, said in a press conference that remains matching Gabby’s description were found at the park.

Mr Jones said her family have been informed.

Florida cops are also searching an area of swampland for Mr Laundrie, who went missing this week.

A spokesperson for North Port Police Department, Josh Taylor, says Brian could hide in those swamps “for months”.

“It’s muddy, it’s wet, there are a few unpaved dirt roads that are out there basically running along the power lines,” Mr Taylor said.

“You could be out here for months if you wanted,” he added.

The couple’s white van was spotted in footage taken between 6 and 6.30pm on Sunday August 27 by a family at the camping area on the same date.



Florida cops are currently searching through swampland where Gabby’s partner Brian Laundrie is suspected to be
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“We had passed by a white van with Florida Plates,” the family said.

“We noticed it because we are originally from Florida and wanted to stop and say hi.”

“When we passed the van, all the lights were off and it didn’t look like anyone was there. We ended up leaving because we couldn’t find a spot,” they continued.

“PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! If you were in the area around this time, check ALL of your footage! You could have some video of her van!!!!!!”

The FBI had echoed the family’s plea, asking people in the vicinity of the camping area between August 27 and 30 to get in touch if they saw the van.



Ms Petito is said to have marked several campsites on an app showing where she and Mr Laundrie were planning to visit
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The 2012 Ford Transit had several stickers on the back and a Florida number plate, reading QFTG03.

Gabby’s family shared the video on the Find Gabby Facebook page before a body was found.

“We believe this is the van for multiple reasons,” her family wrote.

“Please do not clog up the tip line with the same video. This is in the hands of the right people.

“Thank you so much, this is exactly why we are asking people to review older photos and video.”



An officers bodycam footage showed Ms Petito in a state of distress after having an argument with Mr Laundrie
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Protesters gathered outside Mr Laundrie’s home at the end of last week, demanding he cooperate with investigators trying to track down his missing partner.

A police visit to the Laundrie family home on Friday revealed that he had last been seen in a swampy nature reserve near North Port in western Florida.

The Laundrie family told cops he went to the reserve in his car with just a backpack.

However, the vehicle was found at the family home.



Cops have found a body in the area they were searching for Ms Petito’s body in Wyoming
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“Certainly we prepare for all different possibilities, but our goal is to locate him and bring him back to North Port,” Mr Taylor said.

Local police have teamed up with the FBI to search the swamp.

North Port Police Department say they are treating Mr Laundrie as a person of interest.


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