The human remains, believed to belong to Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, were found on the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the FBI said, an area her family previously said was the was the last place she knew she was going with her fiancé as they embarked on a trip across the country.
The remains were specifically found in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, a remote, alpine landscape with sparkling lakes, sprawling mountains, and more than 200 miles of hiking trails that attract millions of visitors each year National Park service.
The campground, which is not located in a developed campground facility and has no services such as drinking water and garbage collection, is popular with campers, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The site also has views of the Tetons.
Ms. Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, said he and Ms. Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, last spoke to Ms. Petito on a FaceTime call on August 23 or 24. During that call, they learned that Ms. Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie were leaving Utah for Grand Teton National Park.
The couple’s overland trip has been well documented on social media.
Mr Schmidt said Ms. Petito texted her mother a few times after that, according to the New York Post.
After Mr. Laundrie, who is now a “Person of Interest” in the case, returned to his home in North Port, Florida without her, Ms. Petito’s family reported her missing, North Port Police said.
The Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area was closed to the public on Sunday evening.
Charles Jones, an FBI. Agent said Sunday that National Park Service and US Forest Service crews helped investigators navigate “rough terrain” during the search.