The family of Brian Laundrie has released a statement through their lawyer following the discovery of a body “consistent with the description” of Gabby Petito, 22, on Sunday.
NewsNation Now‘s Brian Entin reported the statement, from the lawyer of the fiancé’s family, read: “The news about Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family prays for Gabby and her family.”
The FBI said they had found human remains during a search of Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
An autopsy of the body will be carried out by the Teton County Coroner’s Office to confirm the identity and cause of death.
Laundrie, 23, had earlier been named as “a person of interest” by Florida’s North Port Police after Gabby Petito’s family reported her missing earlier this month.
During their investigation, police said Brian Laundrie had not cooperated or spoken with officers since he arrived back alone at the Florida home he shared with Gabby and his parents on September 1.
Laundrie has since disappeared from his home after telling his family that he was going on a hike in Florida’s Carlton Reserve on Tuesday September 14. Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11.
North Port Police officers and FBI agents are continuing to carry out a search of the vast reserve.
Police had been criticized over their handling of the case, with many social media users questioning how Laundrie could have disappeared while national attention is focused on the case.
In a statement, shared on Saturday via Twitter, The North Port Police Department said: “We understand the community’s frustration, we are frustrated too.
“For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiancé Gabby Petito.”
It added: “Friday is the first time they [the family] have spoken with investigators in detail. It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime.
“We are not currently working a crime investigation. We are now working a multiple missing person investigations.”
Laundrie and Petito had set out for a cross-country journey in a campervan in July and planned to document their journey on social media.
A video, uploaded onto their YouTube page, that showed Petito and Laundrie during their journey has been viewed more than 2.8 million times since it was shared on August 19.
Newsweek has contacted North Port Police for comment.
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