Lawyer for Brian Laundrie's Family Issues Brief Statement After FBI Confirms Gabby Petito's Death
"May Gabby rest in peace," Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement to PEOPLE.
On Tuesday, the FBI announced that the body found in Grand Teton National Park over the weekend has been positively identified as Gabby, a Long Island, New York, native who was last heard from in late August during a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.
According to a tweet by the FBI's Denver field office, Gabby died by homicide.
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NBC reports Gabby's family released a brief statement after the confirmation of Gabby's killing.
"I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve," lawyer Richard Stafford said, referring to Gabby's mom, dad, stepfather and stepmother. "We will be making a statement when Gabby is home. I will contact you to arrange a time and location."
Stafford did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment after the confirmation of Gabby's death.
The FBI has said Laundrie, who is currently missing, is a person of interest in the case. He has not been named a suspect.
Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in the FBI's tweet confirming Gabby's death, "Anyone with information concerning Mr. Laundrie's role in this matter or his current whereabouts should contact the FBI."
Gabby was reported missing on Sept. 11 — 10 days after Laundrie quietly returned to his parents' Florida home without her — prompting a search through the Wyoming wilderness where authorities believe she was last seen.
During the search, unusual details about the case continued to emerge, turning one family's nightmare into a nationwide demand for answers.
Soon after Gabby's disappearance first garnered attention, authorities in Utah revealed that a couple of weeks before her last conversation with family — while Gabby and Laundrie were traveling through Moab — officers received a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute that involved the couple.
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The man who called 911 told the dispatcher that Laundrie had been striking and "slapping" Gabby. Officers located them and pulled their van over to investigate. Their emotional interaction with police, which ended with the couple being asked to separate for the night and get some space from one another, can be seen in body camera footage released to the public.
On Sept. 15, Gabby's father, Joseph, spoke with PEOPLE about his daughter, calling her a "free spirit" who would've gone to the 1969 Woodstock Festival if she could.
"She's so artistic. She's an amazing artist. She loves to draw. She has a great eye with decorating," Joseph said. "She's that flower child type of personality. The old soul, you know?"
If you have information on this case, call 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324).