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Gabby Petito: Body Found In Search For Missing YouTuber

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Gabby Petito: Body Found In Search For Missing YouTuber

A body has been found in the hunt for Florida YouTuber, Gabby Petito.

The body was found in the Wyoming area where a search with dogs is underway. 

Fox News Digital reports that a coroner has arrived in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. An identity has not yet been confirmed.

Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito, 22 - a famous social media influencer - was reported missing after not having spoken to her family since late August.

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She had been living in the camper-van while travelling across the States with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, with their journey documented on social media.

But Laundrie returned home without her at the beginning of September, and her parents contacted the police 10 days later.

Gabby is a popular YouTuber (Credit: Instagram/ @gabspetito)
Gabby is a popular YouTuber (Credit: Instagram/ @gabspetito)

Subsequently, Laundrie is being treated as a person of interest in Gabby's disappearance.

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"We are pleading with anyone, including Brian, to share information with us on her whereabouts in the past few weeks," said North Port police chief Todd Garrison.

"The lack of information from Brian is hindering this investigation. The answers will eventually come out."

Laundrie's lawyer, Steve Bertolino, said the suspicions against his client were unfounded.

"In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that 'any statement made will be used against you' is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms Petito's disappearance," he said.

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"As such, on the advice of counsel Mr Laundrie is not speaking on this matter".

Gabby had been travelling America with her boyfriend (Credit: Instagram/ @bizarre_design_)
Gabby had been travelling America with her boyfriend (Credit: Instagram/ @bizarre_design_)

Police had seized the van in order to examine it for clues. They also released bodycam footage of the pair near the entrance to Arches National Park, in Utah. in the hopes it would help the investigation.

The unsettling footage shows the YouTuber pulled over by police on 12th August. In the bodycam clip, the 22-year-old can be seen crying after telling officers her and boyfriend Brian Laundrie had been arguing.

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"I’m sorry, we’ve just been fighting this morning. Some personal issues," Gabby can be heard explaining to the officer.

"It was a long day. We were camping yesterday," says Laundrie.

The 23-year-old then apologises for the 'bump' in the road, with Gabby adding: "I was distracting him, I’m sorry."

The officer then asks her to step out of the camper-van, and questions Gabby about 'what's going on'.

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"Some days, I have really bad OCD," she says.

She also told officers she slapped and scratched Laundrie, saying: "I was trying to get him to stop telling me to calm down."

The couple were separated for a night but no further charges were filed, and nothing more is known about what happened to Gabby afterwards.

Gabby and Laundrie begun their nationwide road trip in a white Ford Transit van back in July, sharing several popular videos where they appeared loved up, exploring, kissing and playing around together.

Their first video,"Beginning Our Van Life Journey", has now been viewed over 600,000 times.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Gabby Petito

Topics: News

Joanna Freedman
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