GABBY Petito went on a cross-country road trip with her fiancée and now her family is seeking the public's help in locating her after she never returned home.
While the 22-year-old never returned home her fiancée did and has since made headlines after he reportedly hired an attorney and refused to work with the police.
Who is Gabby Petito?
Petito is a 22 year old Long Island native who is residing in North Port, Florida after moving in with her fiancée, Brian Laundrie, two years ago.
She is known for living an adventurous life and her father, Joe Petito, describes her as “very, very free-spirited," according to Newsweek.
"Clothes didn’t impress her. Cars didn’t impress her. Experiences — that’s what impressed her,” he told the media outlet.
Petito is described as 5'5 tall, 110 pounds, and has two tattoos, a triangle tattoo on left arm with flowers and a "Let it be" tattoo written on her right arm.
When did Gabby Petito go missing?
Petito was last seen on August 24, 2021 checking out of a hotel with Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah.
While Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, revealed that she heard from her daughter on August 27 and 30, she told Fox News she is not sure if it was actually her as only text messages were exchanged.
"It was just a text. I did not verbally speak to her," she told the media outlet. "I can't say much, but she's no longer with the van. I don't want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore."
Following the unusual circumstances, Schmidt then reported her daughter missing on September 11 at around 6:55pm.
“According to family, they were last in contact with her during the last week of August. Prior to the last communication, Petito is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming," the police department said in a press release.
The couple left for their cross-country adventure on July 2 from Blue Point, NY, and were supposed to reach Portland, Oregon, and visit a family friend for Halloween but Laundrie had since returned home without her and it is still unclear when he actually made the trip back.
"[It's like] drowning with your hands tied behind you," Petito's dad said of his daughter's disappearance. "You can't describe it. There's nothing you can do. You can't control anything."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Who is Gabby's fiancée Brian Laundrie?
The DailyMail reported that Laundrie has been very quiet about his fiancée's whereabouts and has refused to speak publicly about the situation and even hired an attorney since his arrival home.
While not much is known about Laundrie, he is known for being just as adventurous as his partner.
According to his Instagram bio, he is a "nature enthusiast," and his most recent pictures are from his cross-country travels.
His Instagram account also indicates that he is an artist as he has multiple pictures posted related to printmaking art.
Prior to her disappearance, Laundrie and Petito were working on documenting their journey on YouTube under the name "Nomadic Statik."
As the investigation continues, Laundrie reportedly remains a suspect due to his suspicious behavior surrounding the disappearance.
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