Gabby Petito family to hold press conference in New York

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 (Gabby Petito/Facebook)
(Gabby Petito/Facebook)

Gabby Petito's family will speak out for the first time since the woman's funeral services on Sunday.

The family announced they will hold a press conference Tuesday at 1pm EST in New York. Richard Stafford, the family's lawyer, will join them.

The press conference will be streamed live on The Independent via journalists from Reuters.

Ms Petito's fiance, Brian Laundrie, has been missing for nine days, prompting more than a week of police searches in a nearby swamp.

North Port police have searched the swampy Carlton Reserve for nine days. Mr Laundrie's car was found near the preserve just after he disappeared. Duane Chapman, better known as reality television personality Dog the Bounty Hunter, also joined the search for Mr Laundrie over the weekend.

At the same time, the Petito family has been busy laying Ms Petito to rest.

After Ms Petito’s remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Teton County Coroner ruled her death a homicide. The full autopsy report has not yet been released and the cause of death is still unknown. Days later, an arrest warrant was issued for Mr Laundrie, though it was not for Ms Petito’s murder but rather for making unauthorised purchases with her bank card.

On Sunday, a memorial service was held for Ms Petito from noon until 5pm in her hometown of Blue Point, New York. The service was open to the public and a livestream was provided by the funeral home.

Memorials for Ms Petito have been growing in Blue Point, her Florida home of North Point, and in Utah, where she was last seen alive.

Social media users tried to create a makeshift memorial to Ms Petito on the front lawn of the Laundrie's home, but police eventually removed the flowers.

Ms Petito's body is still being held by the FBI, and the family does not know when her remains will be returned.

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