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A popular TikToker raised over $5,000 from his followers to fly banners at Brian Laundry’s home in North Port, Fla. that say “End the Silence – Justice for Gabby” and “Justice 4 Gabby – Tik Tok Time” Up.”

It is the latest example of social media’s massive impact on the matter, as amateur investigators on TikTok, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube and other platforms have closely followed the tragic death of 22-year-old Gabby Pettito and the manhunt for 23-year-old Gabby Petitto. year old Brian Laundry.

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Justin Shepherd collected donations from his more than 330,000 followers on TikTok via Venmo, then used the money to pay a company to fly banners at the house where Brian Landry’s parents started the affair. has since been kept low.

“The goal of the banner was to maintain awareness of the matter,” Shepherd told Granthshala News. “It’s like a stunt to fly a plane over the house for two hours.”

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Shepherd is one of the countless TikTokers that have seen a rapid increase in their followers since the start of the case.

“I’m well-versed with the Internet, but I’m not versed enough to separate Spotify songs and Instagram photos, but there have been other people, and they’ve been able to find these clues and bread crumbs that have their way.” I was abandoned,” Shepherd said. “I think that’s another reason it’s making a case so tempting.”

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Gabby’s parents have showered praise on social media and thanked users for their efforts.

Gabby’s mom, Nicole Schmidt, told Dr. Phil this week of advice for other parents, “Put your differences aside and focus 100% on finding that family member. Use it. Use it. Call the news. Ask them to help you.” of missing persons. “Get their face out. There are people out there who want to help. You just have to work. It takes a lot of work.”

TikTok has been one of the most popular platforms with over 1.4 billion views on the #GabbyPetito hashtag, but Gabby Petito threads on Reddit and endless YouTube videos on the topic also have over 146,000 members.

Miranda Baker, who has more than 331,000 followers on TikTok, said in a series of videos on September 17 that she and her boyfriend picked up the laundry on August 29, when he was a hitchhiker in Wyoming.

After watching Baker’s video, Norma Jean Jalovec says she realized she had also picked up the laundry on August 29 and left it later that evening at the Spread Creek scattered campground, where Pettito’s remains were discovered weeks later. Were.

Both women said they have spoken to law enforcement about their encounters.

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Gabby documented her journey on Instagram and wanted to be a Van Life YouTuber, posting her first video on August 19, which described her journey with Brian Laundry.

Another YouTube channel, a Van Life family that goes by “Red White and Bethune,” was editing the video last month when they learned they had shot Petito’s van at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Grand Teton National Park on August 27. Saw it.

Shepherd said his followers wanted to create a third banner, but for now he is encouraging them to donate to the Gabby Petito Foundation, which his family recently started.

Meanwhile, officers are still searching for Laundry, whose parents told police on September 17 that they had not seen him for a few days.

Granthshala News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.