On Tuesday the FBI confirmed that missing YouTube star, Gabby Petito’s body was found in a Wyoming national park. After the new broke, a lawyer for the family of her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, issued a brief statement.
Over the weekend the FBI announced that they had found a body found in Grand Teton National Park. Petito, a Long Island, New York, native who was last heard from in late August during a cross-country road trip with Laundrie.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino said, “May Gabby rest in peace.”
According to a tweet by the FBI’s Denver field office, Gabby died by homicide.
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.”
The FBI has said Laundrie, who is currently missing, is a person of interest in the case.
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.
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 Wednesday the FBI asked for the public’s help in locating Laundrie, whos whereabouts are unknown.