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Gabby Petito: mourners gather in Long Island as search for fiance goes on

Mourners attended a Long Island funeral home on Sunday for a viewing for Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old woman whose death on a cross-country trip sparked a manhunt for her fiance.

By noon, a line had formed outside the funeral home in Holbrook, about 35 miles east of New York City. Groups of firefighters were seen filing past. A fire truck sat on each side of the building, each with its ladder raised.

Across the street, a chain link fence was adorned with posters featuring Petito’s image and messages such as, “She touched the world.”

Petito was reported missing on 11 September by her parents after she didn’t respond to calls and texts for several days while she and Brian Laundrie visited parks in the west. Petito’s body was discovered last Sunday in a remote area in north-western Wyoming.

Laundrie and Petito grew up on Long Island but in recent years moved to Florida.

Petito’s death has been classified a homicide, meaning she was killed by another person. Medical examiners in Wyoming have not disclosed how she died, pending further autopsy results.

The couple posted online about their trip in a white Ford Transit van converted into a camper. They got into a physical altercation on 12 August in Moab, Utah, leading to a police stop for a possible domestic violence case.

Police decided to separate the quarreling couple for the night. No charges were filed and no serious injuries were reported.

Investigators have been searching for Laundrie in Florida, and searched his parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles south of Sarasota.

On Thursday, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundrie with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging he used a Capital One Bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges worth more than $1,000 during the period in which Petito went missing.

They did not say who the card belonged to.

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