IN a press conference today, the mother of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito told reporters she has a gut feeling that Gabby will come home.
Nicole Schmidt and her husband Joe Petito, Gabby’s father, appeared in front of the press at their attorney’s office, where Nicole said she believes that “a mother’s instinct is the most powerful.”
Gabby Petito was last seen on August 24 and was reported missing on Saturday, September 11.
She was last sighted leaving a hotel with Brian Laundrie, who conflicting reports have characterized as her boyfriend or fiancé.
When Gabby left her Florida home in early July for a cross-country roadtrip with Laundrie, her mother wasn’t worried.
“As a mom, I had concerns about a daughter going on a road trip in general,” Nicole said. “But I felt safe…They had a plan, an itinerary, and we were excited for them.”
Gabby was supposed to conclude the trip by reaching Portland, Oregon in late October, but her family lost contact with her at the end of August.
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 Nicole received texts from her phone until August 30, but couldn’t confirm if Gabby was the person who sent them.
Joe Petito used the presser to address his daughter directly.
“Gabby, we just want you to come home,” he said. “Call us. Let us know you’re OK. Come home, please.”
According to her hometown police department in North Port, Florida, Petito is believed to have been in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. She was last spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, days before she told her family that she would be in Wyoming.
Gabby’s loved ones also created a Facebook page to keep her community updated, and to encourage anyone who may know her whereabouts to share tips.
Though Gabby and Laundrie were traveling together in a white van, the vehicle has since been recovered, and Gabby’s family believes she is now traveling by herself.
The administrator of the Find Gabby Facebook page posted earlier today, “Gabby is ALONE and she does not have a vehicle.”
Laundrie has since returned to his home in Florida, hired an attorney, and is reportedly not cooperating with the police, according to reports.
A GoFundMe page to aid the search effort has received contributions of more than $16.000.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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