Gabby Petito case is now officially a criminal investigation: the police

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  • Florida Police said on Tuesday the Gabby Petito case was now officially a criminal investigation.
  • Police continue to search for Petito’s missing fiancé, Brian Laundrie.
  • A body believed to belong to Petito was discovered at a Wyoming campsite on Sunday and the FBI later confirmed it was his.

Florida Police first said on Tuesday that the Gabby Petito case was now officially a criminal investigation as authorities continue to search for her missing fiance, Brian Laundrie.

“This is an FBI led criminal investigation and the North Port Police are assisting our federal partner in any way they can to bring this investigation to a close,” said Josh Taylor, spokesperson for the North Port Police Department. in Florida, in a statement.

Previously, the North Port Police Department was the primary law enforcement agency in the nationwide case.

On Monday, the FBI raided the North Port home where Laundrie and Petito lived with Laundrie’s parents after investigators announced Sunday that a body believed to be Petito’s was discovered at a campsite in the Bridger National Forest. Teton, Wyoming.

An autopsy was performed on the body on Tuesday and the FBI confirmed that it was Petito’s.

“The initial determination of the manner of death of Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue was homicide,” the FBI said.

“The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results,” the FBI said.

Meanwhile, Taylor said on Tuesday that authorities would continue to search for laundry on the Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County. His parents told police the 23-year-old in North Port, Florida, went for a hike in the nature reserve a week ago and never returned.

The 25,000-acre reserve, Taylor said, “can be a big and ruthless place at times.”

Petito, 22, was reported missing by her family in New York on September 11, 10 days after Laundrie returned home from a trip to the west of the country in the van the couple drove in, but without Petito.

Laundrie, who has been named a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance, quickly retained a lawyer and refused to speak to authorities about the case.

He was reported missing by his family on Friday.

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