Police investigating the disappearance of YouTuber Gabby Petito on a cross-country van tour with her fiancé have admitted that “something very bad” must have happened to her.
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.
The couple were documenting their trip across the United States on their YouTube channel nomadic staticBut fears for Ms. Petito’s safety grew when she failed to contact her family for several weeks.
They had reported his disappearance on September 11.
Mr Laundry has returned to his home in North Port, Florida, and the couple’s van was seized by police over the weekend.
North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said Granthshala Mr Laundry’s parents had refused permission for officers to speak to him, immediately handing 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”.
“We have certain skills and techniques and it will take as long as it takes to retrieve any evidence.”
Ms. Petito’s family has set up a gofundme Account that had received $25,000 in donations as of Tuesday morning.
Page said the family is working with the FBI and “multiple law enforcement agencies” in a nationwide search for Ms. Petito.
It said he was known to head to Yellowstone National Park on August 25 in Grand Teton, Wyoming, after massive travel and camping over the past few months.
A Facebook page appealing for help to find her has garnered more than 23,000 followers.
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