KEY POINTS

  • Human remains believed to belong to Gabrielle Petito were found in a national park in Wyoming
  • The identity of the remains have yet to be confirmed as a full forensic identification has not been completed
  • The search for Petito's 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie, is still ongoing

Human remains believed to belong to 22-year-old vlogger Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito were found at a national park in Wyoming over the weekend, federal authorities said.

The body, which was consistent with a description of Petito, was found Sunday at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area located in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent Charles Jones was said.

Petito went missing after a months-long van trip across the country with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie. 

"On behalf of the FBI personnel and our partners, I would like to extend sincere ... and heartfelt condolences to [Petito's] family," Jones said, The New York Times reported.

"As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. We ask that you all respect their privacy as they mourn the loss of their daughter."

Authorities, however, were unable to confirm that the remains belonged to the New York native as a full forensic identification has not been completed. A cause of death has not been determined as well, the FBI agent added.

The camping area where the remains were found will remain closed, Jones said. He urged people who visited the site between Aug. 27 and 30 to contact the FBI for information.

Petito was reported missing by her parents on Sept. 11, after her 23-year-old fiancé returned home to Florida without her.

Laundrie, who was labeled a "person of interest" in Petito's disappearance, has allegedly gone missing as well. He initially hired an attorney and refused to talk with investigators upon returning home from the couple's cross-country road trip on Sept. 1.

The couple had documented the trip -- which started in Blue Point, New York, on July 2 -- on social media platforms YouTube and Instagram.

A "domestic problem" between Petito and Laundrie had occurred in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12, which police responded to.

"Issues between the two had been building over the last few days," Laundrie reportedly told an officer, a police report noted.

Petito, who was crying during the police encounter, claimed she moved to slap Laurie because she feared he "was going to leave her in Moab without a ride," the report said.

Both later told police that the incident should be classified as a "mental/emotional health break," rather than a domestic assault.

GettyImages-1235295108 NORTH PORT, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: The City of North Port Chief of Police Todd Garrison speaks during a news conference for missing person Gabby Petito on September 16, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A woman, identified as Miranda Baker, also claimed she and her boyfriend had picked up Laundrie at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park on Aug. 29 -- four days after Petito allegedly last spoke with her family.

Authorities in Florida have started searching for Laundrie at the Carlton Reserve, a 24,565-acre park in Sarasota County, but failed to find him.

"We will continue to work with the FBI in the search for more answers," the North Port Police Department said in a statement following the discovery of the remains.