The young woman had been reported missing after a trip with her boyfriend.
The body found last Sunday in Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, is that of Gabrielle Petito, the 22-year-old girl who has been missing since the end of August while on a trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, US authorities confirmed after conducting the autopsy.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the remains belong to the missing girl according to the Teton County Coroner’s Office, which preliminarily classified the cause of death as “homicide”, while evaluating the final results of the autopsy.
The FBI today called on those who have information on the case, which for now implies the victim’s boyfriend as a person of interest, to provide information.
Authorities are conducting a search for Laundrie, whose whereabouts have been unknown since the beginning of last week.
In July, Laundrie and Petito embarked aboard a van on a trip through reserves and national parks in the western United States.However, on September 1, the young man returned in the vehicle and without his girlfriend to the family home, where the couple also resided.
After days without hearing from Petito, of which his parents last learned while he was in Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming, his family reported his disappearance on September 11, and the authorities turned to a search for Nacional level.
The search for Laundrie comes after he and his family refused to collaborate with the authorities in the investigations to find Petito.