YouTuber Gabby Petito, fiance ‘seemed happy’ before disappearance

Body of 22-year-old found in national park

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YouTuber Gabby Petito and fiance Brian Laundrie “seemed happy” in the days just before she vanished, a store owner revealed.

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Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. Photo by GABBY PETITO /INSTAGRAM

Petito and Laundrie were chronicling their cross-country trip in a van when the Long Island native disappeared in Wyoming. Laundrie returned to their Florida home and has failed to provide any answers as to what happened.

The FBI confirmed Sunday that Petito’s body was found in a Wyoming national park.

“Earlier today, human remains were discovered consistent with the description of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito,” FBI Supervisory Agent Charles Jones told reporters during a news conference, according to the New York Post. “The cause of death has not been determined at this time.”

Laundrie remains missing.

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When the couple stopped at a curio shop in Victor, Utah, on their way to Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 25 or Aug. 26, everything seemed peachy, the owner of Rustic Row told the East Idaho News.

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“They told me they were travelling from Florida. They had just been to Teton Park and they said they were interested in going to Yellowstone and I told them they could go to the west entrance,” the unidentified owner said.

“They seemed happy and when they left, she hollered back from the door that they were engaged, and then I said congratulations.”

The owner later contacted the FBI.

Victor is around 50 kilometres from Petito’s last known location in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. She was reported missing on Sept. 11. She last spoke with her family on Aug. 25.

The Teton County Coroner confirmed earlier Sunday that authorities had discovered a body at the Grand Teton park.

Laundrie, who has remained tight-lipped, has been called a person of interest in Petito’s disappearance by detectives. Now, he, too, has disappeared from his North Port, Fla., home.

On Tuesday, his parents said he went for a hike in the Reserve in Sarasota County on the Gulf Coast and never returned.

Despite an intense search, police say they have found no sign of Laundrie.

Earlier, a friend of Petito had claimed that Laundrie was jealous and possessive of Petito, going so far as to take her identification when she went bar-hopping with pals.

Meanwhile, police have obtained the couple’s phone records and hope to draw a more accurate timeline of the disappearances.

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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