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Gabby Petito’s stepdad leaves stone cross, flowers at site where her body was found

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Gabby Petito’s stepfather on Wednesday visited the Wyoming campground where her remains were found and made a small memorial at the site, a report said.

James Schmidt, who is married to Petito’s mother, Nichole, was accompanied by a family friend when he left a stone cross and flowers at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, The Independent reported.

A separate stone cross memorial had been left at the scene earlier this week.

“We did go – the small cross with flowers was made by Jim and myself,” Schmidt’s pal, Gary Rider, told the publication.

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“That larger cross was not done by anyone connected with the search or recovery of Gabby,” Rider said.

Schmidt had flown to Wyoming last week to aid authorities in their search for his stepdaughter.

Petito’s remains were discovered at the campground on Sunday and on Tuesday her death was ruled a homicide.

Flowers, photos and stuffed animals were placed at a memorial in remembrance of Gabby Petito in North Port, Fla. on Sept. 22, 2021.
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James Schmidt had traveled to Wyoming to assist authorities in locating Gabby Petito, who had been missing before FBI located remains consistent of Petito's description.
James Schmidt had traveled to Wyoming to assist authorities in locating Gabby Petito, who had been missing before FBI located remains consistent with Petito’s description.
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The 22-year-old Long Island native went missing late last month during a cross-country trip with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie returned to his Florida home without Petito on Sept. 1. He has since vanished and been named a person of interest in the case.

Search crews in the Sunshine State have been looking for Laundrie in a vast Sarasota County nature preserve, where he reportedly told his parents he was heading to before he disappeared.

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