The foundation was built in memory of Gaby Petitos.
The Gabby Petito Foundation officially went live on Sunday evening to help parents locate missing children.
“The Gabby Petito Foundation is up and running!” A Twitter account by the name of the Foundation tweeted on Sunday. “We have a lot of work to do, the website is just starting so be patient with us, we’ll get there. Thank you for all the support and love! ‘She touched the world.'”
The foundation was built in memory of Gabby Petito, a now-deceased 22-year-old woman who was reported missing on September 11. About a week later, on September 19, officials found his remains in Bridger-Teton National Park. Wyoming, and a local coroner ruled his death a homicide, although an official autopsy report has yet to be released.
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Petito’s parents “created a foundation to provide resources and guidance on how to bring their kids home,” Gabby’s father, Joe Pettito, said in a Sept. 25 tweet.
“No one should find their child on their own,” he said. “We want to help people in similar situations like Gabby.”
Donors can purchase the bracelet on the foundation’s website.
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Petito’s disappearance and murder have been making national headlines in recent weeks. How she died remains a mystery, and her fiancé, Brian Laundry, is a man interested in her murder and is wanted on bank fraud charges. He is on the run from law enforcement.
Laundry and Petito were traveling around the country in a Ford Transit van over the summer, before Laundry returned to his home in North Port, Florida, on September 1 in a van without Petito. Petito’s parents reported her missing on September 11. Laundry’s parents reported Laundry’s disappearance on September 17, but said the last time they saw her was on September 14.
Officials said the laundry did not cooperate with the police investigation after Petito’s missing persons report was filed on September 11. Lawyers for Laundry’s issued a statement on September 14, in which they announced that they had advised their clients to “stay in the background”. The family revealed three days later that they had not seen Brian since September 14.
Law enforcement and the FBI are still searching for the 23-year-old fugitive.