'They were here': Campers 'spot Gabby Petito's fiancé in selfie'

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A Florida couple may have captured a photo of wanted man Brian Laundrie in the background of a selfie while on a camping trip.

Marci and Kenny Newsom spotted a man in their photo who they were told may be Mr Laundrie. The photo was taken a few days after his fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing.

According to ABC7, Mr Laundrie — who has been missing for almost two weeks — arrived at the Florida park with his parents Christopher and Roberta on September 6.

The couple spotted the eerie detail in the back of a selfie. Source: NBC2
The couple spotted the eerie detail in the back of a selfie. Source: NBC2

The Newsom couple told ABC7 they checked into the campsite on the same day. According to documents obtained by the TV station they were camping next to the Laundrie family.

Sighting unconfirmed 

According to The Independent, a spokeswoman from the FBI‘s Denver Division said they were unable to comment on the possible sighting.

“This is an ongoing investigation and we have no comment other than what is posted in our official statements.”

The Laundrie family attorney, Steve Bertolino, said the Laundrie family checked out of the campsite on September 7, but a public information request of park records shows they left the next day.

Ms Newsom told ABC7 she saw the Laundrie family's red vehicle but she didn’t speak to the them, saying "they kept to themselves". 

Brian Laundrie and his fiancee Gabby Petito with blue poncho towels on smiling at the camera.
Brian Laundrie and his fiancee Gabby Petito were on a camping trip when she was reported missing. Source: North Port Police Department

Search for Brian Laundrie continues

Ms Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt reported her daughter missing on September 11. The 22-year-old was last seen on August 27. She was found dead at a national park in Wyoming, after setting out on a cross-country van trip with Mr Laundrie.

Mr Laundrie returned to the couple's home in Florida alone on September 1 — five days after Ms Petito was last seen. He was reported missing on September 17.

The US District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Mr Laundrie issued in relation to the “unauthorised use of a debit card”. 

The FBI in Denver, released the autopsy results.

"The initial determination for the manner of death is homicide," FBI Special Agent in Charge, Michael Schneider said, following the autopsy results. 

"The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito's death is held accountable for their actions.

"Mr Brian Laundrie has been named as a person of interest. Anyone with information concerning Mr Laundrie's role in this matter or current whereabouts should contact the FBI."

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