Dad of Gabby Petito says ‘he will do anything to find her’ after she vanished on trip with fiance

Dad of Gabby Petito says ‘he will do anything to find her’ after she vanished on trip with fiance

Joseph Petito (pictured), the father of missing van-life woman Gabby Petito, said he will 'do anything we can to find her' after her fiancé's parents refused to let cops speak to him

Joseph Petito (pictured), the daddy of lacking van-life girl Gabby Petito, mentioned he will ‘do anything we are able to to find her’ after her fiancé’s mother and father refused to let cops communicate to him

The father of the lacking van-life girl has mentioned her household will ‘do anything we are able to to find her’ after her fiancé’s mother and father refused to let cops communicate to him and police towed away the campervan the couple had been touring in.

Joseph Petito, father of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, advised WPTV he wants assist to find his ‘superb’ daughter who was final heard from on August 25 throughout a cross-country trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.  

‘We nonetheless do not know the place she is. Pride is not a problem proper now. My solely daughter is lacking,’ the dad mentioned Monday. 

‘I’m going to do anything I can. The household, Gabby’s mother, we’re going to do anything we are able to to find her.’ 

His daughter, initially from Long Island, New York, was reported lacking by her mom in Suffolk County on September 11 after they hadn’t heard from her in 13 days. 

Petito and Laundrie had been touring throughout America of their campervan since July 2 on an journey they had been documenting on YouTube. 

Petito final spoke to her mother on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and her final confirmed sighting was the day earlier when she was noticed with Laundrie at a resort in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Laundrie returned alone to their dwelling in North Port, Florida, the place the couple moved two years in the past, driving the couple’s 2012 Ford Transit van. It will not be recognized when he arrived again within the state.

Multiple regulation enforcement companies throughout the US at the moment are trying to find Petito.   

Suffolk County Police Department in New York launched an investigation after the lacking individual report was filed whereas North Port Police are additionally investigating and confirmed they recovered the campervan Saturday.   

Grand Teton National Park spokesperson CJ Adams advised Jackson Hole News and Guide the park authorities are working with ‘a number of regulation enforcement companies’ to strive to decide Petitos’ whereabouts. 

‘We are conducting, with a number of regulation enforcement companies, this half of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s whereabouts,’ mentioned Adams. 

‘As the investigation is ongoing, we do not have any additional data to present right now.’    

North Port police confirmed to DailyMail.com that they had seized the van late Saturday evening from Laundrie’s household dwelling. 

Police mentioned they need to communicate with Petito’s fiancé however an try by officers to do so on the home was denied by Laundrie’s mother and father.  

Laundrie has lawyered up and has refused to inform Petito’s involved household or the general public what he is aware of about his girlfriend’s whereabouts.  

Petito set out on a cross-country trip July 2 with fiancé Brian Laundrie in the couple's 2012 Ford Transit van. Laundrie posted this photo of the couple on Instagram on July 16 at Zion National Park

Petito set out on a cross-country trip July 2 with fiancé Brian Laundrie within the couple’s 2012 Ford Transit van. Laundrie posted this picture of the couple on Instagram on July 16 at Zion National Park

Petito in photos posted on her Instagram during their cross-country trip

She last called her mom on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Petito (seen in pictures posted on her Instagram throughout their trip) final known as her mother on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and her final confirmed sighting was the day earlier at a resort in Utah with Laundrie

The above map illustrates the locations Petito and Laundrie visited for the reason that begin of the trip leaving New York on July 2 to when she final spoke to her household on August 25 from Grand Teton National Park

Laundrie's father, 62-year-old Christopher Laundrie (pictured), was seen mowing his lawn on Monday, and refused to comment on his son's whereabouts

Laundrie’s father, 62-year-old Christopher Laundrie (pictured), was seen mowing his garden on Monday, and refused to remark on his son’s whereabouts

Above is the Laundrie family home in North Port, Florida, where Brian Laundrie returned in the couple's van without Petito after their trip

Above is the Laundrie household dwelling in North Port, Florida, the place Brian Laundrie returned within the couple’s van with out Petito after their trip 

Petito’s father spoke from his dwelling in Vero Beach, Florida – the place he had moved to be nearer to his daughter – pleading for assist in discovering her.

Joseph mentioned the couple first drove from Florida to her mother’s dwelling in Blue Point on Long Island’s south shore for the commencement of Petito’s brother, earlier than leaving July 2 for his or her cross-country trip. 

‘The trip began from there so it went to some varied locations,’ he mentioned. 

‘[They] stopped over in Colorado, labored their method up to Utah and had been going up to Wyoming and she was going to finish in Oregon.’ 

Joseph mentioned he did not need to share his ideas on Laundrie however described his daughter as a free spirit.  

‘She noticed magnificence in all the pieces and she’s superior, she actually is an incredible, superb individual,’ he mentioned.   

Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, and stepfather James additionally declined to talk about their daughter’s fiancé as they held an emotional press convention Monday. 

‘We cannot remark on that,’ they mentioned, when requested about Laundrie.    

North Port police advised Dailymail.com Laundrie’s mother and father refused to let authorities interview their son at their dwelling Saturday and admitted that the sudden disappearance of the 22-year-old is ‘odd.’ 

‘We haven’t talked with him, we’d love to speak to him,’ mentioned North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor.  

‘He is beneath no obligation to speak to us – and he has not. And we do not even know but if a criminal offense occurred.’

Asked if police had turned up on the dwelling of Laundrie’s mother and father to communicate with him, Taylor replied: ‘Of course.’

He added: ‘We didn’t truly speak to him. We talked to his mother and father. And they didn’t need to make him out there to do that.’   

Laundrie’s father, 62-year-old Christopher Laundrie, was seen mowing his garden on Monday, and refused to remark on his son’s whereabouts. 

Fiancé Brian Laundrie (pictured left) has since returned home to Florida with the pair's camper van, according to missing Gabby Petito's father Joseph Petito, and is not cooperating with police in their investigation

Fiancé Brian Laundrie (pictured left) has since returned dwelling to Florida with the pair’s camper van, in accordance to lacking Gabby Petito’s father Joseph Petito, and isn’t cooperating with police of their investigation

'I can't say much, but she's no longer with the van,' Schmidt told Fox News of her daughter. 'I don't want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore'

‘I can not say a lot, however she’s now not with the van,’ Schmidt advised Fox News of her daughter. ‘I do not need to say anything greater than that however for individuals on the lookout for her, I need them to search for her now, not search for that van anymore’

Nicole Schmidt, of Long Island, New York, gave a teary-eyed interview to reporters in Bohemia on Monday afternoon about her daughter Gabby Petitio, who has been missing since August 24

Nicole Schmidt, of Long Island, New York, gave a teary-eyed interview to reporters in Bohemia on Monday afternoon about her daughter Gabby Petitio, who has been lacking since August 24

Schmidt says that she believes her daughter will return home

Schmidt says that she believes her daughter will return dwelling 

Forensic specialists at the moment are poring over the 2012 mannequin van for fingerprints and some other doable clues as to what occurred.

‘We have the car, we took it away very late Saturday evening into Sunday,’ Taylor advised DailyMail.com. 

‘We take it, we course of it for proof – fingerprints, any evidentiary worth that we predict is feasible.

‘So now we have that car. We are persevering with to strive to piece the issues collectively. The state of affairs is clearly very fluid.’ 

The North Port police mentioned in an announcement they’re ‘actively aiding on this case in conjunction with the Suffolk County Police Department the place she was reported lacking’.

An announcement added: ‘We presently don’t have any definitive data {that a} crime befell right here in North Port. With that mentioned, the circumstances are odd.

‘The car she was touring in was situated right here in North Port. So, we’re actively gathering native particulars and any proof to help to find wanted solutions. 

‘If you realize anything about this case please contact us at 941-429-7382.’  

Petito’s mother mentioned she is attempting to keep optimistic, telling reporters Monday afternoon: ‘I consider she’s gonna come dwelling.’

Schmidt was teary-eyed as she held an image of her daughter throughout a press convention, saying: ‘We are on the lookout for her. We aren’t focusing on anything else, however discovering her… I consider she’s gonna come dwelling.’ 

Petito’s stepfather, James, added: ‘If anybody else has any data, if anybody has seen her, we ask that they name the tip traces and simply please, simply give any data you may have,’ as he joined his anguished spouse. 

‘We simply need her dwelling secure with us.’     

Gabby Petito of Blue Point, 22, and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, set out on their road trip in early July, first driving from Laundrie's home state of Florida to Petito's in New York. Then, the pair set out West toward Salt Lake City. She was reported missing by her family on Saturday, and last posted on her Instagram account in Ogden, Utah, two weeks ago (photo picture

Gabby Petito of Blue Point, 22, and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, set out on their street trip in early July, first driving from Laundrie’s dwelling state of Florida to Petito’s in New York. Then, the pair set out West towards Salt Lake City. She was reported lacking by her household on Saturday, and final posted on her Instagram account in Ogden, Utah, two weeks in the past (picture image

Laundrie and Petito in a post on his Instagram where he writes 'till death do us part or until I wake up' and 'Love you hunny'

Laundrie and Petito in a put up on his Instagram the place he writes ‘until demise do us half or till I get up’ and ‘Love you hunny’

Schmidt mentioned the final time she spoke over the cellphone with her daughter was on August 25 – and forged suspicion on the texts obtained from her adventure-seeking lady over the following 5 days. 

She mentioned she texted Petito on August 27 and 30, however now says she is not certain if her daughter was on the opposite finish of the change as a result of it wasn’t verbal and she did not share any pictures of herself, Schmidt advised Fox News.    

She mentioned, ‘It was only a textual content. I didn’t verbally communicate to her,’ she mentioned. ‘I can not say a lot, however she’s now not with the van. 

‘I do not need to say anything greater than that however for individuals on the lookout for her, I need them to search for her now, not search for that van anymore.’ 

Asked about her doubts over the texts on the press convention, Schmidt once more mentioned, ‘I can not remark on that.’ She additionally declined to share the content material of these texts.   

Schmidt mentioned Petito would contact her not less than thrice every week. 

‘We would FaceTime, name, textual content, steadily. She stored me up to date on this complete trip… The first couple of days [she went missing], I consider she was in a spot with no service,’ she mentioned. 

‘It was day 8 and 9 that I actually grew to become involved and figured she could not be off the grid for that lengthy.’ 

She added: ‘I do not know if I consider she’s in peril for a selected motive, I simply consider she’s in peril as a result of she’s not in contact with us and she might be alone someplace, she might be stranded someplace within the wilderness. 

‘And she wants assist. And I do know we’re not on the market, however I hope everybody’s on the lookout for her. I hope that the hikers and the rangers and the campers and all people has her face and so they’re on the lookout for her actively.’  

In an interview with the New York Post, Joseph urged individuals to ‘focus on discovering her. I can not implore that sufficient. All of the crap afterward will kind itself out. Please find her. I encourage you.’

He added that, on August 21, his daughter let him know on FaceTime that that they had misplaced energy throughout a cease in Salt Lake City.

‘Everything was good. She had misplaced energy to wherever she was at. She could not get on the WiFi for no matter motive,’ Petito mentioned.

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her mom Nichole Schmidt reported her missing just before 7pm on Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her mother Nichole Schmidt reported her lacking simply earlier than 7pm on Saturday, the company wrote in a press launch

Petito was seen in a YouTube video having a snack in the van as they made way on their cross-country journey

Petito was seen in a YouTube video having a snack within the van as they made method on their cross-country journey 

The couple started their trip on July 2 after Petito attended her brother's graduation in New York on June 17. They planned to reach Portland, Oregon, and visit a family friend for Halloween

The couple began their trip on July 2 after Petito attended her brother’s commencement in New York on June 17. They deliberate to attain Portland, Oregon, and go to a household good friend for Halloween

Vanished with no hint: Timeline of Gabby Petito’s trip and disappearance

July 2: Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie set out on their street trip from Blue Point, New York – in Suffolk County on jap Long Island

July 5: The couple stopped at Kansas’ Monument Rocks

July 8: Their subsequent cease was Colorado Springs

July 10: Petito up to date her Instagram with pictures of her strolling at Grand Sand Dunes National Park

July 16: Petito’s smiling in a photograph from the couple’s subsequent cease at Zion National Park

July 20: Petito knowledgeable her Instagram followers that they had been at Cedar Breaks

July 21: The subsequent cease was Bryce Canyon National Park

July 26: Petito posted a photograph stress-free in a bathtub at Mystic Hot Springs

July 30: The couple stopped at Canyonlands National Park Mesa Arch

August 12: They couple took a hike at Arches National Park

August 13: Laundrie posted an Instagram picture from their subsequent vacation spot in Moab, Utah

August 21: Petito’s father orders a meal for the couple by way of Uber Eats after they lose WiFi connectivity in an influence outage in Salt Lake City, Utah 

August 24: The couple had been seen testing of a resort in Salt Lake City

August 25: Petito’s household spoke to her for the final time over the cellphone and she mentioned she was in Grand Teton National Park

August 27, 30: Petito’s mother Nicole Schmidt had a textual content change with who she thought was Petito, however did not hear from her over the cellphone to affirm

Unknown date: Laundrie returned to the couple’s dwelling in North port, Florida, with out Petito

September 11: Schmidt reported her daughter lacking after not listening to from her for almost two weeks

Throughout the previous week, neither dad or mum heard from her and so ‘we acquired fairly alarmed and tried to do the missing-person report,’ he mentioned.

He urged individuals throughout the nation to be on the lookout for anything that appears ‘fishy.’

‘The onerous half is that it is the van life. They can go wherever they needed, sadly, on this state of affairs. It’s all the rattling nation,’ he mentioned.  

Petito, 22, was final seen on August 24 testing of a resort with Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah. The following day she made her ultimate name to her household, telling them that she and Laundrie had traveled to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Her final Instagram, posted on August 25, reveals her visiting the Monarch Wall in Ogden, Utah, with the caption ‘Happy Halloween’. The pair had been heading from Ogden to Yellowstone National Park, simply north of Grand Teton. They deliberate to attain Portland, Oregon, and go to a household good friend for Halloween.

‘[It’s like] drowning with your arms tied behind you,’ Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, advised Newsday of his daughter’s disappearance. ‘You cannot describe it. There’s nothing you’ll be able to do. You cannot management anything.’

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after Schmidt filed a lacking individuals report simply earlier than 7pm on Saturday, cops mentioned.  

Petito was described as 5-feet5, round 110 kilos, with a number of tattoos, together with one on her forearm studying ‘let it’s’. 

North Port resident Keith Graves, 52, mentioned Petito and Laundrie moved to his neighborhood eight months in the past.

‘I’ve by no means seen anything out of place with these two,’ Graves advised MailOnline. ‘The solely factor that stood out was {that a} tow crew got here and took the white van away.’

Petito’s father described her as ‘very, very free spirited’.

‘Clothes did not impress her. Cars did not impress her. Experiences – that is what impressed her.’  

The pair had documented their conversion of a 2012 Ford van right into a camper and their life touring in it on YouTube and Instagram, and had been creating a social media presence beneath the identify ‘Nomadic Statik.’

Per their Instagram accounts, the pair started their trip on July 2 and traveled to Kansas’ Monument Rocks, Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zion National Park and Bryce National Park in Utah and Canyonlands National Park since July 2.

‘Downsizing out life to match into this itty bitty van was the very best choice we have ever made,’ Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July. 

‘Sacrificing area to get up in nature on a regular basis has been no sacrifice in any respect.’ 

Neither Petito's family nor her boyfriend Laundrie could be reached for comment at press time. The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 pm on Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release

Neither Petito’s household nor her boyfriend Laundrie might be reached for remark at press time. The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her household reported her lacking simply earlier than 7 pm on Saturday, the company wrote in a press launch

'[My daughter] was last physically seen on August 24th when she checked out of a hotel with her boyfriend salt Lake City, Utah,' said Gabby Petito's father, Joseph Petito, on Facebook. '[Brian Laundrie] has since returned home and retained a lawyer, and is uncooperative currently.'

‘[My daughter] was final bodily seen on August twenty fourth when she checked out of a resort with her boyfriend salt Lake City, Utah,’ mentioned Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, on Facebook. ‘[Brian Laundrie] has since returned dwelling and retained a lawyer, and is uncooperative presently.’

The engaged couple had documented their conversion of a 2012 Ford van into a camper and their life traveling in it on YouTube and Instagram

The engaged couple had documented their conversion of a 2012 Ford van right into a camper and their life touring in it on YouTube and Instagram

Neither Petito's family nor her boyfriend Laundrie could be reached for comment at press time. The pair are pictured together in Canyonlands National Park in Utah

Neither Petito’s household nor her boyfriend Laundrie might be reached for remark at press time. The pair are pictured collectively in Canyonlands National Park in Utah

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 pm on Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release.

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her household reported her lacking simply earlier than 7 pm on Saturday, the company wrote in a press launch.

In an Instagram post on July 16, Petito wrote, 'The past two nights camping in Zion have been so cool, literally. We hiked up here in about 100F and it was so nice coming back to our campsite, watching the sky fill with dark clouds, and view the lightning storm in the nice cool air of the light rain.

In an Instagram put up on July 16, Petito wrote, ‘The previous two nights tenting in Zion have been so cool, actually. We hiked up right here in about 100° and it was so good coming again to our campsite, watching the sky fill with darkish clouds, and think about the lightning storm within the good cool air of the sunshine rain.’ 

Petito and Laundrie had turned again from Utah in late August to evade wildfire smoke, Nicole Schmidt mentioned, and had deliberate to go to Yellowstone National Park subsequent. 

Schmidt mentioned she would stay vigilant and sustain the seek for her daughter. 

‘I simply need individuals to maintain wanting and never cease till we find her,’ Schmidt advised Newsday. ‘She’s on the market someplace… We will not cease till we find her.’ 

Schmidt’s husband and son TJ have posted two lacking individuals posters on their Instagrams in addition to an image of Petito, interesting for her secure return. 

Both warned they had been unable to ‘remark any additional as a result of there’s an lively investigation.’

Since Petito’s disappearance, her household has launched a GoFundMe that has accrued almost $24,000. They have additionally began a social media marketing campaign on Facebook, merely known as ‘Find Gabby,’ the place a quantity of nationwide park guests have claimed to acknowledge the pair’s van. 

‘While we’re working with the FBI, a number of regulation enforcement companies, and outdoors assets to pursue any and all leads the household will want funds and assets to journey and pay for bills associated to an investigation and search on the opposite aspect of the nation, any assistance is appreciated,’ reads the physique of the fundraiser.

'Downsizing out life to fit into this itty bitty van was the best decision we've ever made,' Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July.

‘Downsizing out life to match into this itty bitty van was the very best choice we have ever made,’ Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July.

Petito is an artist, a vegetarian and a yoga enthusiast, according to her Instagram page. She was reported missing on Saturday evening, and her family has not heard from her since August 25

Petito is an artist, a vegetarian and a yoga fanatic, in accordance to her Instagram web page. She was reported lacking on Saturday night, and her household has not heard from her since August 25

'I love the van,' Petito said in the couple's YouTube video, which was posted three weeks ago

‘I really like the van,’ Petito mentioned within the couple’s YouTube video, which was posted three weeks in the past

Since Petito's disappearance, her family has launched a GoFundMe that has accrued $5,000 in just six hours. They have also started a social media campaign on Facebook, simply called ' Find Gabby ,' where a number of national park visitors have claimed to recognize the pair's van

Since Petito’s disappearance, her household has launched a GoFundMe that has accrued $5,000 in simply six hours. They have additionally began a social media marketing campaign on Facebook, merely known as ‘ Find Gabby ,’ the place a quantity of nationwide park guests have claimed to acknowledge the pair’s van

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