The massive search for Gabby Petito after the Florida woman vanished in September and was later found dead in a Wyoming national park has resulted in at least nine bodies of other missing people being discovered.
Authorities began searching for Petito when she was reported missing on September 11. Her body was found in Wyoming on September 19, two days after Laundrie, the sole person of interest in her death, disappeared from his home in Florida.
The search for Laundrie may have come to an end Wednesday when human remains were found in the Florida reserve where the prime suspect in her death had escaped
But the national manhunt and suspected sightings of Laundrie by police everywhere from Florida to along the Appalachian trail to the West Coast have uncovered other tragic victims.
The most recent body found was that of 22-year-old Emily Ferlazzo in a case with shocking similarities to Petito’s. Ferlazzo was reported missing by her parents on Monday after her 41-year-old husband, Joseph Ferlazzo, returned to her parents’ house in New Hampshire to tell them he had not seen his wife since Saturday.
The couple were living in a small bus that they had renovated into a home and had driven to Vermont to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The day after Emily was reported missing, Joseph allegedly confessed to shooting her in the end and dismembering her body in their camper.
Joseph Ferlazzo, 41, has confessed and plead not guilty to shooting and dismembering his wife Emily, 22, while traveling for their first wedding anniversary in the small bus they converted into a living and traveling space
Human remains were found in the Yucca Valley on Saturday, near where New Jersey woman Lauren Cho, 30, disappeared June 28
The remains of Sara Bayard, 55, were found off a highway in El Paso County, Colorado, an area Petito and Laundrie had visited and posted Instagram pictures
Investigators found that Josue Calderon, 33, had been stabbed to death along the Appalachian trail in North Carolina. Rumors quickly began that the body may have belonged to Laundrie
Police located the camper that Joseph had ditched to discover bags of human remains, a handgun, and a handsaw. The human remains were sent to the medical examiner on Wednesday to be identified. Despite his earlier confession, Joseph pled not guilty on Wednesday.
Petito’s case can be credited in some capacity for three unrelated bodies that were found in different states on Saturday, October 9.
Human remains were found in a California desert on October 9 during a search for a missing New Jersey woman who disappeared June 28. Lauren Cho of Flemington, New Jersey, was in Yucca Valley, which is where she was last seen, with her friends and former boyfriend.
Friends say she had planned to move out West with her former boyfriend Chris Orell and live a more ‘creative’ life where she planned to start her own food truck.
The remains found in California currently have no definite connection to the 30-year-old, but coroners are in the process of identifying the body and determining a cause of death which could take weeks. The area where the body was found is near where Cho was last seen before she became ‘upset and presumably walked away from the resort, leaving behind her personal belongings,’ her friends told Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Renewed interest in Cho’s case developed as people began to recognize cases similar to Petito’s that were not receiving the same amount of national attention, specifically when involving women of color.
The remains of Sara Bayard was also discovered on October 9 after being reported missing on July 4 but last seen at a gas station in Douglas County on June 28.
Her remains were found off the highway in Douglas county and identified several days later. The investigation into the cause of death for the 55-year-old has stalled due to the lack of body tissue that were found with her remains, which were mostly bones.
Bayard was reported missing in Douglas County the same day that Petito posted an Instagram picture at Monument Rocks, also in Douglas County.
The third body found on October 9, has been identified as Josue Calderon. The body of the 33-year-old man from Rhode Island was discovered stabbed to death on the Blue Ridge Parkway along the Appalachian Trail below the Yadkin Valley Overlook in North Carolina.
Before Calderon was identified, rumors began to circulate that the body may belong to Laundrie who the FBI and other investigators have been searching for along the Appalachian Trail.
Miya Marcano, 19, was found dead on October 2 in Orlando, Florida. Her parents believe her case could have had a different outcome if authorities had given it the same attention Petito’s case received
Robert Lowery died by suicide in Grand Tetons National Park, near where Petito’s body was found
Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were both shot and killed at a campsite outside Moab, Utah in August, their case was initially investigated to find potential links to Petito’s disappearance
The family of slain 19-year-old college student Miya Marcano have directly called out authorities for putting more effort into Petito’s case than they did Marcano’s, who went missing two weeks after Petito.
Marcano was reported missing on September 24, after she finished her shift at the Arden Villas apartment complex where she lived and missed her flight home to South Florida.
The sole suspect in her death, Armando Caballero, was a maintenance worker at the apartment complex who investigators said used his maintenance master key fob to break into and wait in her apartment. The 27-year-old was found hanged on September 27.
Marcano’s body was later found on October 2 in a wooded area near her apartment building with her mouth, arms and legs bound with duct tape, the cause of death has yet to be determined police reported.
But her family has accused authorities of not treating Marcano’s case as a ‘high priority’ case which they believe could have saved their loved one’s life.
‘I think it’s very interesting that we have two of these cases happening pretty simultaneously. And I think what it does is it really gives the world an opportunity to see sometimes some of the differences that you have in the coverage that each case receives,’ Daryl Washington, the attorney for the Marcano family, told Insider.
‘This is by no means anything against Gabby’s family,’ he continued. ‘I do think they do deserve the type of attention that they’re getting.’
Another body was rumored to belong to Laundrie, when a male body was found in a dumpster at an Alabama Walmart on September 20, the same day police received several reports of potential sightings of the fugitive nearby in Tillman’s Corner.
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office denied that the body was connected to the Petito case and later confirmed that the body belonged to an unnamed homeless man.
The search for Petito’s body in Grand Teton National Park, where her remains were found, lead authorities to discover the body of a missing Texas father.
Gabby Petito’s parents founded the Gabby Petito Foundation to help missing person cases and victims of domestic violence
Brian Laundrie is the sole suspect in Petito’s death. Authorities have continued to search for him since he was reported missing on September 17
Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery, 46, of Houston disappeared on August 20 after he was last seen carrying a black duffel bag, sleeping bag and tent in Bridger-Teton National Forest.
His body was discovered on September 28, nearly a week after Petito was found, following a four-hour search that included three K-9 teams and 25 search volunteers. It has been determined the father of two died by suicide.
When Petito’s case first made headlines, authorities were investigating the connection to her disappearance with a recent double homicide of a newly wed couple who were last seen in Moab, Utah at the same time Petito and Laundrie traveled through the area.
One of the women also worked at the Moonflower Community Cooperative where Laundrie was seen hitting Petito before their notorious separation by police.
Kylen Schulte, 24, and Crystal Turner, 38, were reported missing on August 16 and found dead and partially undressed on August 18, an hour outside of Moab where they were shot and killed.
They reportedly had been camping in the La Sal Mountains and told friends of a ‘creepy man’ that had been bothering them and that ‘if something happened to them, that they were murdered.’
The Grand County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying they found no connection between the Schulte/ Turner and Petito case but some, including private investigator Jason Jensen, has not ruled out a connection.
Jensen said that until it can be proven that Laundrie was not in the area at the time of the double homicide, ‘he can’t be ruled out,’ according to ABC 4.
While Petito’s case has lead to increased interest in missing persons and domestic violence cases, many families are still searching for their loved ones.
Petito’s parents recently founded the Gabby Petito Foundation ‘to address the needs of organizations that support locating missing persons and to provide aid to organizations that assist victims of domestic violence situations.’