- Gabby Petito, a 22-year-old from Blue Level NY, has been lacking for nearly three weeks.
- Over the previous two years, she posted her country-wide travels on Instagram and TikTok.
- Her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, has solely spoken publicly about her disappearance by way of a household lawyer.
22-year-old influencer Gabby Petito, who embraced the favored #VanLife pattern by touring the US in a van, was reported missing by her mother after embarking on a country-wide street journey along with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.
In line with Newsday, the pair began their street journey on July 2 in a 2012 Ford Transit van in Blue Level, New York. Laundrie returned with out Petito to their shared dwelling in North Port, Florida someday up to now week, in accordance with the Daily Mail. The van has been seized by North Port police, in accordance with a press release given to Insider by a spokesman for the division.
The Suffolk County Police division mentioned in a statement that her mom, Nicole Schmidt, reported Petito lacking on Saturday morning after she stopped sending or responding to messages. In a press release released to Insider, a spokesperson for the household mentioned that Petito’s final recognized location was Wyoming’s Grand Teton Nationwide Park.
Laundrie has not spoken publicly about what transpired, however a lawyer representing his household advised ABC 7 on Tuesday “on the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”
A GofundMe set-up by a household good friend to help with search funds has already raised $35,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Petito had been chronicling her travels and their street journey on her Instagram account, which now has over 61,000 followers, in addition to her “nomadicstatik” TikTok and YouTube earlier than her disappearance.
Petito grew up on Suffolk County, Lengthy Island and caught the journey bug
Petito grew up in Blue Level, situated on Lengthy Island’s southern half in New York. She attended Bayport-Blue Level Excessive Faculty in accordance with her Facebook which stays personal, graduating in 2017, in accordance with Patch.
Throughout her highschool years, she seemingly traveled throughout the globe. In 2012, she checked in on Fb to Atlantis Paradise Island within the Bahamas and in 2016 posted photos on her Instagram tagged in Costa Rica.
A fan of of journey, she usually posted her adventures on social media
In March 2019, Petito began courting Laudrie, in accordance with posts on her Instagram, and began touring the nation with him.
In 2019, she shared Instagram images on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk in North Carolina, a records store in Bedford, Texas, a trail in Pike’s Peak, Colorado, a Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, Yosemite National Park, and the Las Vegas strip.
They began 2020 by touring California, posting on Instagram in January from Santa Monica and in February from Pismo Beach. In February additionally they posted their first TikTok video underneath the alias gabbynovaa, writing in the caption “road trip from New York all the way to California.”
Laundrie and Petito acquired engaged in July 2020
According to the Daily Mail, Petito and Laundrie moved in collectively two years in the past in North Port, Florida. Petito posted an image of her 21st birthday in Nokomis, Florida on Instagram in March 2020 however was again on the street by June, sharing an Instagram picture of her studying “Fight Club” on the So pe Creek Paper Mill Ruins in Georgia. Petito additionally posted photos of herself studying “Zodiac,” a guide concerning the Zodiac serial killer, and “Lullaby,” by the identical creator as “Fight Club.”
In July 2020, Petito posted on her Instagram that Laundrie had proposed to her alongside an image of their first date, writing in a caption that “you make life feel unreal, and everyday is such a dream with you.” That very same month, Laundrie started posting to his own Instagram account that primarily featured pictures of his artwork and photos with Petito.
The pair began posting about their #VanLife travels in July 2021
Nicole Schmidt advised NBC affiliate KSL that Petito and Laundrie left Blue Level, New York on July 2. On July 4, Petito and Laundrie posted photos on their respective Instagram accounts at Monument Rocks in Kansas.
Over the remainder of July, they continued posting with the #vanlife hashtag, sharing an Instagram picture and a TikTok video (underneath their account renamed gabbypotato) at southern Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. T
Their solely YouTube video was uploaded on August 19 to the 7,700 Nomadic Statik YouTube channel, that includes a montage of their travels over the previous two years. The pair wrote within the description that “after our first cross country trip in a little Nissan Sentra, we both decided we to wanted downsize our lives and travel full time” and “that’s why we handcrafted our own tiny van, a simple 2012 Ford transit connect, utilizing space with unique designs and features.”
The outline additionally mentions a “Nomadik Statik” weblog that at present has no content material and solely asks for a password. In line with area registry web site duplichecker, the location was registered on July 28 on Squarespace.
The day after the YouTube video, their TikTok account posted underneath the new name nomadikstatik selling their new YouTube enterprise.
Petito’s dad and mom advised KSL that the couple departed Salt Lake Metropolis to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming on August 24. The final picture posted to Petito’s Instagram was on August 25 of her holding a crocheted pumpkin with the caption “Happy Halloween.”
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