THE worried family of a woman who went missing during a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend is desperately begging Americans for help as they try to find her.
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah with Brian Laundrie.
They had been traveling across America in a white Ford Transit van since the start of July and Gabby told her family that she was visiting a national park in Wyoming on August 25.
The van, which had Florida registration plates, was also recovered but Gabby was reported missing by her family on Saturday, Newsday reports.
She last posted photos on her Instagram profile on August 25 and was on a FaceTime call with her mom just days before.
Gabby’s mom said she received texts from her phone until August 30 but couldn’t be sure if her daughter sent them.
Her dad Joseph Petito told Newsday: “It’s like drowning with your hands tied behind you.
“You can’t describe it. There’s nothing you can do. You can’t control anything.”
He added: “I just want people to keep looking and not stop until we find her.
“She’s out there somewhere… We won’t stop until we find her.”
Gabby and her fiancé started their road trip on July 2 and planned to visit Portland so they could visit a friend for Halloween.
They converted the van into a camper and documented their experiences on social media, NBC New York reports.
Gabby said living out of the van “was the best decision” the couple had ever made.
They had also started a YouTube channel called “Nomadic Statik” to share their journey with fans.
The pair visited Colorado Springs and many national parks in Utah but left the state due to the risk of wildfires. The couple planned to visit Yellowstone National Park but never made it.
Gabby is described as five feet five inches, 110 pounds, and has a tattoo saying: “Let it Be”.
Joseph described his daughter as “free-spirited” and said she loved adventures.
He said: “Clothes didn’t impress her. Cars didn’t impress her. Experiences – that’s what impressed her.”
A GoFundMe page has been created which has raised more than $6.000.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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