The mother of a young woman who disappeared after embarking on a road trip across the country with her boyfriend, made a moving appeal for his safe return: “We just want you to come home.”
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24 when she and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, checked in and checked out of a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
They had left in early July to head west and visit some of the country’s national parks, recording and sharing their inspired van life journey on YouTube’s “Nomadic Statik”.
Over the weekend, the young woman’s family reported her disappearance to police, saying they had not heard from him for several weeks and was worried. Ms. Petito and her family are from Blue Point, on Long Island in New York.
“Gabrielle Petito was reported missing to the Suffolk County Police Department by her family on September 11 at around 6:55 pm,” the police department said in a press release.
“According to the family, they were in contact with her for the last time during the last week of August. Prior to the latest report, Petito is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. “
Meanwhile, police in Florida, where the couple had lived, said the circumstances of his disappearance “seemed strange” and Mr Laundrie had returned home. A spokesperson said The independent there was no evidence that a crime had been committed. The spokesperson said Mr Laundrie had requested that if officers wanted to speak to him, they should contact his lawyer.
The woman’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, told Fox News that she believes the couple will be heading to Yellowstone National Park next. A Suffolk County Police spokesperson confirmed the vehicle had been returned, but officers were not commenting more than Sunday’s press release.
In an interview with CBS News, Ms Schmidt said the family has become increasingly worried.
“It’s scary and it’s scary. We are not sleeping. We’re just actively looking for it, ”she said.
“At least three times a week, we were doing FaceTime, calling, texting frequently. She kept me posted on this whole trip.
Ms Schmidt said they last spoke via FaceTimed about three weeks ago, adding that the last text she received was on August 30.
Ms. Petito is described as being around 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 110 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes, and several tattoos. A tattoo on his forearm says “so be it”.
“The first few days when I had no answers, I thought she was in a place with no service. It’s like the eighth and ninth day that I got really worried, ”Ms. Schmidt said.
She said she informed the police of the details of the last text message, but couldn’t be sure it was her daughter.
“I don’t know if she left Grand Teton or not,” she said. “I got a text from her on the 27th and 30th, but I don’t know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I did not speak to him verbally.
Ms. Pieto and Mr. Laundrie had lived for two years in North Port, Florida, about 30 miles from Sarasota. It was not possible to immediately contact Mr. Laundrie.
In a statement, the North Fork Police Department said it was cooperating with Long Island Police in an attempt to locate Ms. Pieto.
“The North Port Police Department is actively assisting in this matter in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department where she was reported missing,” he said. “The Suffolk County Police Department is investigating the disappearance of a Blue Point woman who went missing while on a trip.”
The statement added, “We currently have no definitive information that a crime has taken place here in North Port.
“Having said that, the circumstances are strange. The vehicle she was traveling in was here in North Port. So we are actively pulling together local details and all the evidence to help find the answers needed. “
Spokesman Josh Taylor said The independent they had confirmed that Mr. Laundrie had returned to Florida but had asked them to speak to his lawyer if they had any questions.
The spokesperson said they had no evidence that a crime had been committed and hoped Ms Petito would return home.
“At the same time, we have to gather the evidence,” Mr. Taylor said
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