Gabby Petito's remains 'to be cremated' as family prepares for memorial in final farewell to 22-year-old vlogger

GABBY Petito's remains are set to be cremated as her family prepares for a memorial to say a final farewell to the 22-year-old vlogger, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

The young traveler was found dead by investigators at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forrest on Sunday in Wyoming, more than a week after she was reported missing.


Her father, Joseph Petito, shared details of Gabby's memorial on Friday, tweeting: "Services for our sweet Gabby will be held at Moloney Funeral Home in Holbrook on Sunday September 26th from 12pm-5pm. Thank you to all for your support and love."

MEMORIAL VISITATION

The Sun reached out to Moloney Funeral Home in New York and a spokesperson revealed: "There's a memorial visitation [on Sunday], it's a visitation for someone who has been cremated."

Asked if Gabby has already been cremated, they added: "I'm assuming so."

The Sun understands the family planned for the cremation to take place inWyoming before the service in New York.

The memorial will be open to the public, and could also be streamed online after Gabby's case made international news.

The FBI Denver Division declined to comment further on whether Gabby's body had been released by the coroner back to the family.

The Sun also reached out to the family's attorney for comment.

Gabby's remains were found in Grand Teton National Park – a week after she was reported missing by her mother, Nichole Schmidt.

An initial autopsy revealed homicide.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…

Mourners on Long Island – where Gabby grew up – are planning a vigil for the YouTuber on Friday evening.

Her stepdad, James Schmidt, left a cross made of stones and a bouquet of flowers while visiting the Wyoming campground where her body was found over the weekend.

There was also another larger cross made out of stones near to where Gabby was found, though a friend of the family told the media that it was simply happenstance.

"We did go – the small cross with flowers was made by Jim and myself," Jame's friend Gary Rider told The Independent.

STONE TRIBUTE

"That larger cross was not done by anyone connected with the search or recovery of Gabby," he said. "It was just a coincidence, we confirmed that."

Schmidt had flown out from his native of Long Island, New York to Wyoming last Wednesday to help find Gabby, handing out fliers and leading searches around sites that she and her fiance Brian Laundrie had visited.

Laundrie remains a 'person of interest in the case' and is still missing – with the search for him entering a sixth day.

He is now being hunted by the FBI after an arrest warrant was issued for the 23-year-old.

Laundrie is accused of swiping Gabby's Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.

The statement revealed that “On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie."

PERSON OF INTEREST

"The warrant was issued pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment for violation of federal statute 18 U.S.C 1029(a)(1): 'Use of Unauthorized Access Devices' related to Mr Laundrie's activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito.”

"While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms Petito's homicide," said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider in a statement shared to Twitter.

"We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr Laundrie's role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI."

"No piece of information is too small or inconsequential to support our efforts in this investigation," the statement added.

In lieu of flowers, Gabby's family is asking for donations ahead of her funeral to the future Gabby Petito Foundation.

Attorney Richard Stafford says they can be made electronically at: https://Johnnymacfoundation.org.



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