Florida police name lacking girl’s case ‘odd;’ van discovered at fiancé’s household’s dwelling after couple’s highway journey


Gabby Petito, 22, set out on a cross-country highway journey together with her fiancé in early July, leaving their Florida Gulf Coast city of North Port first for New York after which out west to tour National Parks

However in late August, Petitio’s household stopped listening to from her and updates ceased on her public Instagram web page, which she had been utilizing to doc her journey. 

Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, finally reported her daughter missing on Saturday night time to the Suffolk County Police Division, which is the realm in Lengthy Island the place Petito grew up. 

Schmidt stated at a press convention on Monday that the times since her daughter’s disappearance have been “scary” and “nerve-racking,” however she believes Petito will return dwelling. 

“I consider a mom’s intuition is essentially the most highly effective,” Schmidt stated. “I consider she’s going to come back dwelling.”

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie began a cross-country road trip in early July, but Petito has been missing since late August. 

Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie started a cross-country highway journey in early July, however Petito has been lacking since late August. 
(Joey Petito)

The white transformed camper van that Petito was touring in together with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, was additionally recovered on Saturday night time again in North Port on the dwelling of Laundrie’s dad and mom, in accordance with the North Port Police Division. 

“We at the moment haven’t any definitive info {that a} crime happened right here in North Port. With that stated, the circumstances are odd,” the North Port Police Division stated Tuesday. “So, we’re actively gathering native particulars and any proof to help find wanted solutions.”

Schmidt stated Monday that she would not consider her daughter is in peril for any “explicit causes.”

“I simply consider she’s in peril as a result of she’s not in contact with us,” Schmidt stated. “She may very well be alone someplace. She may very well be stranded someplace within the wilderness, and he or she wants assist.”

The FBI’s Tampa subject workplace can also be helping within the investigation. 

Brian Laundrie couldn’t be reached for remark. He has not been named a suspect or individual of curiosity within the case. 

The couple converted this 2012 Ford white van into a camper while on Florida earlier this year. 

The couple transformed this 2012 Ford white van right into a camper whereas on Florida earlier this yr. 
(Joey Petito)

An in depth good friend of the couple, who needs to stay nameless because of the delicate nature of the investigation, advised Fox Information that the entire couple’s buddies are shocked by Petito’s disappearance.

“My buddies and I are simply as confused and shocked as everybody else is and nonetheless attempting to piece collectively all the pieces that has occurred to date,” the good friend stated Monday. 

Petito and Laundrie rekindled an previous friendship in 2018 whereas residing on Lengthy Island and “from then on they had been head over heels in love,” in accordance with the good friend. 


On July 2, 2020, the couple received engaged, Petito introduced in an Instagram post

They lived in Florida and each labored at a Publix within the months main up their highway journey whereas changing their 2012 white Ford van right into a camper, in accordance with Nicole Kalanich, a former co-worker. 

In July and August, Petito and Laundrie traveled to Monument Rocks in Kansas, Nice Sand Dunes Nationwide Park in Colorado, and numerous scenic spots all through Utah, together with Mystic Scorching Springs, Mesa Arch, Zion Nationwide Park, and Arches Nationwide Park, in accordance with Petito’s social media. 

In late August, the couple stayed at a lodge in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah, however had been planning to depart for Grand Teton Nationwide Park and finally Yellowstone in Wyoming. 

Petito’s mother advised Fox Information that the final time she had an precise dialog together with her daughter was on Aug. 25, when the couple was in Grand Teton. 

Ted Williams, an lawyer and former detective in Washington, D.C., advised Fox Information that authorities will seemingly have to make use of cellular phone information and different forensics to trace the couple’s actions throughout the nation. 

“What they’re having to do is figure backward. Since it’s alleged that the final time that anybody truly spoke to her was August the twenty fifth, and that was allegedly from the Grand Teton Nationwide Park there in Wyoming, they are going to take a look at cellular phone towers in that space,” Williams stated Monday. 

“What they’re additionally going to be taking a look at is as many videotapes in that space to attempt to truly present that van and to see who, if anyone, was occupying the van.”


Petito is 5’5″ and 110 kilos with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a tattoo on her finger and one on her proper arm that claims “Let or not it’s.”

Anybody who might have seen Gabby or has details about her disappearance ought to name Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or the FBI at 1-800 CALL FBI. 

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