Gabby Petito

Authorities ask for help in Gabby Petito case

With plenty of open questions about the whereabouts of Gabby Petito as she and her boyfriend planned a trip to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, authorities are asked for the public’s help.

Gabby Petito, 22, was living the van life and traveling across the United States when he disappeared either in or near Grand Teton National Park in late August. She was traveling with boyfriend Brian Laundrie, and the plan was to chronicle the trip on social media. But she made only one Instagram post regarding her adventures, and since her last contact with her family Laundrie and their van made their way back to North Port, Florida. She’s considered missing. The Investigative Services Branch of the National Park Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Teton County Sherriff’s Office and Jackson Police Department are all asking for any reports of sightings. Anyone with possible information on Gabby Petito’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)

This is a case that’s dominated the more tabloid-oriented of websites. She is believed to have visited Grand Teton — though we’ve not seen much proof of it — and she was scheduled to meet a friend in Yellowstone, but never showed up for a planned Aug. 29 visit. In addition, there was allegedly a text sent to her mother on Aug. 30, saying Petito had no cell service in Yosemite. The boyfriend isn’t talking to the police and has only been identified as a person of interest, while the only police footage from the trip chronicles a Aug. 12 confrontation between the couple in Moab, Utah. Neither were arrested after citizens reported the altercation. Her parents have been outspoken in asking for help, but for the most part the police have been very quiet about their investigation; presumably they have her phone records and can to an extent track her movements.

Photo from Gabby Petito (@gabspetito) Instagram account.

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