Gabby Petito

Crews Search National Park Backcountry for Missing ‘Van Life Girl’ Gabby Petito

The FBI said Saturday it was conducting “ground surveys” in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park as investigators continue their search for a 22-year-old Florida woman whose boyfriend came home without her.

Gabby Petito’s family last heard from her on August 25 from Grand Teton, but they didn’t report her missing until September 11. Her boyfriend, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, was back in Florida on September 1 with the van the couple had been traveling in but without his girlfriend.

And on Friday, investigators learned the Laundrie himself was not at his parents home but had not been seen since Tuesday, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Florida investigators are concentrating on a nature preserve not far from North Port, where he lives.

A Grand Teton park ranger told the UK tabloid the Daily Mail that “the park’s elite search and rescue unit” was combing the park’s backcountry for the missing woman. The unnamed ranger also said he had heard “there may also be a search going on in a remote area of Yellowstone National Park.”

Grand Teton is connected to Yellowstone by the 27-mile long John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway and its 24,000 acres.

The 310,000-acre Grand Teton has about 485 square miles of backcountry. The massively larger Yellowstone is more than 2 million acres with more than 1,000 miles of backcountry trails.

The FBI didn’t mention Yellowstone. It said the Denver office was being assisted by the National Park Service, Jackson Police, and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.

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[Featured image: Gabby Petito/Instagram]