8 corpses found in manhunt for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

KEY POINTS

  • Authorities found Lauren Cho’s remains on September 14
  • Schulte and Turner’s bodies were found at a Utah campsite in August
  • Authorities found the eighth body in Florida near the area where Laundrie’s personal items were found

Authorities have discovered several dead bodies in the manhunt of Brian Laundrie, the only person of interest in the murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, 22.

U.S. authorities have found at least 8 bodies in the search for Laundrie, who went missing on September 14 after going out for a hike on the Carlton Reservation near her parents’ home in North Port, Florida.

As of September 14, authorities have discovered remains suspected of belonging to Lauren Cho, a New Jersey woman who was staying with friends in Yucca Valley before disappearing on June 28 after leaving her Airbnb on a trail in secluded hike in California.

At the end of September, authorities discovered the body of hiker Robert Lowery, missing since August 20. His body was found in Wyoming.

The bodies of newlywed Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were also found at a Utah campsite in August. Authorities said the couple were shot and killed.

Authorities have said Schulte and Turner’s death was unrelated to Petito’s case, but investigators at a resort in Utah refuse to rule out a possible link between their death and Petito’s murder, The independent reported. Investigators noted that Schulte worked at the Moonflower Community Co-op where Petito was seen arguing violently with Laundrie days before the couple’s bodies were found.

Authorities also found the bodies of a homeless man in Alabama, a woman missionary in Colorado and remains in North Carolina, according to 7 Australia News.

Partial human remains – the eighth body found during the manhunt – were found Wednesday afternoon at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in Florida. The body was found near personal items belonging to the laundry.

“These items were found in an area that until recently was underwater,” FBI Tampa Special Agent Michael McPherson told a press conference.

Authorities found the backpack and laundry notebook near the human remains. Authorities are currently testing the DNA of the remains.

Laundrie went missing days after his fiancee Petito was reported missing following their road trip across the country. A Wyoming coroner ruled that Petito’s cause of death was homicide by manual strangulation.

On August 12, 2021, a still image of a police body camera released by the Moab, Utah City Police Department, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as she responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie Photo: City of Moab Police Department / Handout

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