A 22-year-old woman who was traveling across the country with her boyfriend is missing, her parents said. It was not known if her boyfriend was also missing.
Gabrielle Petito was last known in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in late August when she stopped communicating with her family, police said. Her mother, Nichole Schmidt, of Blue Point, reported her missing on Saturday night, Newsday reported
Petito is described as a 5ft 5in, 110lb, woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She also has several tattoos, including one on the forearm that says “let it be”.
Joe Petito, her father, told Newsday on Sunday that Gabrielle’s disappearance looked like “drowning with your hands tied behind you.”
“You can’t describe it. You can’t do anything. You can’t control anything,” he said.
Petito was traveling across the country in a white 2012 Ford Transit van with a Florida license plate, which police say has since been recovered. It is not known where his vehicle was found.
Gabrielle Petito was on a FaceTime call with her mother on August 23 or 24, Schmidt said on Sunday. She said she received text messages sent from her daughter’s phone until August 30, but was unsure if her daughter sent them.
Her parents said she was traveling with her boyfriend at the time, but could not provide more details due to the ongoing investigation.
Schmidt said she would remain vigilant and continue to search for her daughter.
“I just want people to keep looking and not stop until we find her,” Schmidt told Newsday. “She’s out there somewhere … We won’t stop until we find her.”
Efforts to reach his parents failed on Monday.
She last posted a photo on her Instagram account on August 25. Her profile is linked to an 8-minute YouTube video posted on August 19, which features her with a man embarking on their “van life journey” to the United States.
In the video, Petito and the man can be seen driving, hiking and camping on various roads, parks and beaches across the country.
Police are asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.