GABBY Petito Funeral Home has released a moving tribute to the 22-year-old blogger ahead of a public tribute today as the search for Brian Laundrie continues.
Petito, who was found in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park last Sunday, will be cremated before today’s service in Holbrook, New York, and her funeral is scheduled for Monday.
Mourners gathered in Blue Point, Long Island, on Friday afternoon for a vigil before Petito Sunday’s memorial service, and tributes have arrived from mourners across the United States.
One supporter said, “Gabby Petito has become America’s little girl.”
Moloney’s Funeral Home posted a sweet montage of images on its website on Saturday, showing Petito as a happy, smiling girl who enjoyed playing outside and spending time with her family and pet dog.
The montage includes photos of Petito enjoying some of America’s most popular outdoor destinations, including Utah’s Zion National Park.
The tribute also includes a photo of her meditating on a wall by the ocean.
In July, Petito and Laundrie, 23, of North Port, Florida, left Long Island on a cross-country road trip in a white Ford Transit van converted to a camper.
The couple became involved in an altercation on August 12 in Moab, Utah, leading to a police arrest for a possible case of domestic violence.
Petito was last seen alive on August 24, and investigators appear to believe she was murdered sometime between August 27 and August 30.
His family reported him missing on September 11 after not responding to calls and texts for several days.
His remains were discovered near the scattered Spread Creek campground, an area riddled with bears, wolves and other wildlife, and the coroner said it was a homicide, without revealing how he died.
Laundrie remains missing after returning home on September 1 without her.
Police have searched for him for seven days in connection with the 22-year-old travel blogger’s death during his cross-country road trip.
On Thursday he was charged with fraudulently using a bank debit card.
‘GIVE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF’
Residents of Blue Point, Petito’s hometown, have begged Laundrie to turn himself in before his funeral.
“Brian, if you’re still out there, please, I beg you to give yourself and your family,” Amityville resident Anne Kroll, 71, told The Sun.
“Please, please give up or if anyone has any information, help us find it.”
New drone footage shows the scope of Laundrie’s search as Dog the Bounty Hunter and the hounds attempt to track him down.
The television star said Saturday that her “heart goes out to Gabby’s family” and that she “wants to help bring justice for her death.”
The drone footage shows dozens of local and federal officials searching for Laundrie in a swampy Florida nature preserve.
Police and FBI agents using divers, sniffer dogs and helicopters have been searching for the missing man in the Carlton Reserve wilderness area near North Port since Friday, when his parents told them he had gone there for a walk three days earlier.
Search teams have been searching through alligator-infested wilderness with costs reportedly skyrocketing to $ 200,000 a day.
It comes after it was revealed that Laundrie stayed at a $ 78 motel the night after police detained the couple following the domestic violence call in Utah.
Staff at the Bowen Motel in Moab confirmed that the 23-year-old had stayed at the lodge after police took him there on August 12.
Bowen Motel said staff have been cooperating with the police investigation into Petito’s murder.
Laundrie was taken to the motel after Moab police decided not to press charges and instead separated the couple the night after the road stop.
Bodycam shows Petito’s fiancé telling police that he couldn’t afford a hotel for the night.
So instead, a room was reserved at the motel that is sometimes used for survivors of domestic abuse.
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