NORTH PORT, Fla. (KTVX) – Brian Laundrie’s sister, a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s case, shared postcards she received as the couple were traveling across the country.
Throughout the summer months, Petito and her fiance, Laundrie, were traveling across the country. After leaving New York, the couple entered Utah around August. Petito and Laundrie visited several parts of Utah and shared postcards with Cassie Laundrie – Brian’s sister – and her family.
“The rocks here are so cool !! Uncle Brian and I saw many different types of rocks, I knew there are different types of rocks but I didn’t know they were different formations right? A postcard, appearing to be from Arches National Park, reads. “The most popular rocks in the park are called fairy chimneys, that’s a funny name!”
The postcard shows drawings of what appear to be the Fairy Chimneys and Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Petito signs the postcard, like all the others, “Aunt Gabby”.
On another map, Petito appears to have drawn a brief map of northeastern Utah, adding “we are here” near “Canyonland,” presumably Canyonlands National Park. On a postcard believed to be from the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Petito describes eating a snack with Laundrie and seeing “the biggest squirrel.”
In an interview with ABC News last week, Cassie Laundrie described Petito as “like a sister”, adding that her “children love him”. Laundrie said at the time that all she wanted was for Petito to “come home safe and sound and it was just a big misunderstanding.”
Authorities searched Grand Teton National Park on Sunday for Petito. At the end of August, Petito told his family that they were visiting the park. On Sunday evening, authorities recovered a body in the park that matches Petito’s description. While awaiting an autopsy – scheduled for Tuesday in Colorado – authorities announced the discovery at a press conference, adding that they had alerted Petito’s family to the discovery.
Following the news, Petito’s family took to social media to respond to the update.
Petito’s father, Joseph, posted his reaction on Twitter, saying “#GabbyPetito she touched the world.” Petito’s brother TJ posted a similar photo on Instagram, with the caption, “I don’t even know what to say. I’m totally lost. My heart is broken. His uncle, Mike Schmidt, took to Facebook for thank everyone for the outpouring of support during the investigation.
The Laundrie family lawyer also released a statement, saying: “The news regarding Gabby Petito is heartbreaking. The Laundrie family pray for Gabby and her family.
Cassie Laundrie also shared a statement with ABC News, stating, “At this time my husband and I would like to express our condolences and prayers to the Petito family. Gabby was a fun and loving influence for “the boys” as she always called them. We will cherish all the time spent with her.
North Port, Florida Police searched for Brian Laundrie on the Carlton Reservation. Authorities believe Laundrie hiked the 25,000-acre nature reserve last week. Dozens of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies searched over Laundrie weekend, calling him around the time Petito’s body was found in Grand Teton National Park.