HELICOPTER footage revealed when authorities discovered the location of missing Gabby Petito’s remains — fueling speculation that the 22-year-old’s body may have been buried.
Petito had been missing for weeks after her fiancé Brian Laundrie — who allegedly hit and slapped his fiance last month, a 911 caller claims — returned home to Florida without her during a cross-country road trip.
Footage taken from a helicopter captured the moment a group of investigators started pointing at something in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping area as the search for Petito was underway, according to KSL5TV.
KSL anchor Morgan Wolfe, who was in the chopper over the scene, tweeted: “From KSL5TV chopper 5– we saw a group of investigators in the Spread Creek area that all started pointing towards something.
“Then — a large group of them walked back to the road as we saw another investigator walked over with awning that they set up.”
The helicopter crew noticed authorities looking at something after flying into the area from KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In a follow-up tweet, Wolfe noted that she and her crew saw investigators with blue gloves walking over to the area near the awning and taking pictures.
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The FBI later announced that the body was believed to be Petito‘s but a full forensic identification is needed for confirmation.
It has not been revealed how Petitio died or how her body was found, but an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and the chopper footage has prompted people to wonder whether Laundrie buried his fiance.
On a Sunday night, investigative reporter Nancy Grace posed some questions during her one-hour special, “A Gabby Petito Investigation” on Fox News.
Grace said she was “very concerned about the condition” in which Petito’s remains were found.
She then asked: “Was she buried? “Was she at the bottom of a ravine?
“Was she attacked by animals? Did she die from the elements?
“Because if Gabby was buried, then she was murdered. That’s what I need to find out.”
According to Crime Online, when Nancy Grace spoke on her daily podcast Crime Stories with Nancy Grace, she said: “If she’s buried, he did it.”
The couple visited national parks and tourist attractions, documenting their trip on social media before Petito went missing.
On September 1, Laundrie returned home to Florida in their white van, without Petito.
Following the unusual circumstances, Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, reported her daughter missing on September 11 at around 6.55pm.
Cops found the couple’s Ford Transit van in North Port, Florida, during the weekend of September 11 — when Gabby’s parents reported her missing.
Laundrie returned to the state and hired an attorney, but went missing after he was named a person of interest.
The search for Laundrie was called off on Monday morning as cops confirmed that they had no plans to conduct a major hunt of the Carlton Reserve today.
Meanwhile, Laundrie’s family discovered a note left on their son’s car in Florida, their attorney has said.
Cops left the notice on Laundrie’s Ford Mustang, which was found by his family Wednesday which had been parked near the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, according to Steven Bertolino.
The note had requested the car be removed, but the family left the vehicle there until Thursday, hoping he’d return to it, Bertolino told the New York Post.
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