Missing YouTuber’s father Gabby Petito made an emotional appeal for her safe return, saying “We have to get her home.”
The family of the 22-year-old, who lived in Florida, have reported her missing after she failed to return from a trip across the country with her partner, Brian Laundrie.
While Mr Laundrie returned to the couple’s home in North Port, Florida with the van they traveled in, Ms Petito has not heard from since late August.
“We have to find Gabby. We have to get her home, ”her father, Joe Pepito, told Fox News.
When asked how he was feeling, he replied, “It’s a feeling you can’t describe. This is the thing. You can sympathize, I’m sure you can sympathize, I’m sure you can relate to how you feel, but you can’t describe how you feel unless you are in it, unless you are the parent.
“You just can’t describe what that feeling is because you’ve never felt it before. I pray that no one will ever feel it again.
Various police forces were involved in the search for the missing young woman, who, along with Mr Laundrie, set up a YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, to record their trip.
Gary Rider, who said he was a longtime family friend, set up a GoFundMe page to help with the research.
He said The independent that he and Ms. Petito’s stepfather, James Schmidt, were on their way to Wyoming to look for clues.
He said they were planning a trip to Grand Teton National Park, which was believed to have been the young woman’s last known location.
“We plan to meet with investigators and trace known locations and hope to help verify some information we have received through the advice and investigation,” he said.
“Gabby’s mother is in New York, her father lives in Florida – the two areas where this case is relevant. So we are each working on these different areas.
He said any money left over at the end of the research would be returned to the people.
“Our motivation is that we pray that we can find and bring Gabby home,” he said.
Ms Petito’s mother and stepfather also asked her to contact them.
“At least three times a week, we were doing FaceTime, calling, texting, frequently,” Ms. Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said at a press conference Monday, held at their attorney’s office. “She kept me posted on this whole trip.”
Mr Schmidt said, “Abby, we just want you to come home. Give us a call, let us know you’re okay …. Come home, please.
Police said they had no evidence that a crime had been committed, although officers said they believed the circumstances of her disappearance were “strange”. They said Mr Laundrie refused to speak to them and asked them to contact a lawyer hired by the family.
Ms Laundrie released a statement on Tuesday through her lawyer.
“I understand that a search has been arranged for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” he said.
“On behalf of the Laundrie family, we hope that the search for Miss Petito will be successful and that Miss Petito will be reunited with her family.
“On the advice of the lawyer, the Laundrie family remain in the background at this point and will have no further comment.”
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