The fiancee of missing YouTuber Gabby Petito has broken her silence on her disappearance, issuing a statement through her lawyer saying she hopes her search will be “successful”.
Ms. Petito, 22, of Long Island, hasn’t been seen since checking out of a Salt Lake City hotel with her partner Brian Laundry on August 24. His last known location was Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Mr Laundry returned to his home in North Point, Florida alone, and the couple’s van was confiscated by law enforcement over the weekend.
The family refused to allow him to speak to the police, and instead gave them a liaison to their lawyer.
On Tuesday afternoon, Steve Bertolino, the family’s attorney, issued a statement saying: “This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundry family.
“I understand that a search has been conducted for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
“On behalf of the Laundry family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family.
“The Laundry family is currently in the background on the advice of attorneys and will not comment further.”
Mr. Laundry and Ms. Petito leave their home on Long Island in a van on July 2 for a cross-country trip to visit national parks.
They were documenting their journey across the United States on their YouTube channel nomadic staticBut fears grew for Ms Petito’s safety after several weeks of failing to contact her family.
His family had informed him about his disappearance on September 11.
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said on Tuesday Granthshala Mr. Laundry’s parents had refused to allow officers to speak to him, and gave him contact information for the family’s lawyer.
Asked whether police found anything suspicious in the family’s activities, Mr Taylor said: “There is common sense in this.
“We also don’t have any evidence that a crime has been committed, other than the worry that things don’t add up that would make you believe you’re likely.
“It’s possible that something really bad happened here, she hasn’t been seen for weeks and now she’s back here with the vehicle and we’ve been told to speak to a family lawyer,” said Mr. Taylor Granthshala.
Mr Taylor said the FBI is assisting with the investigation of the couple’s van, and that the process will last “as long as it takes”.
family has established gofundme and a Facebook page to help with the search efforts, and Ms. Petito’s father’s stepfather is traveling to Wyoming to find her.
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