The father of missing YouTuber Gabby Petito has made an emotional appeal for her safe return, saying “we have to bring her home”.
The family of the 22-year-old, who lives in Florida, reported her missing after she failed to return from a cross-country road trip with her partner Brian Laundry.
While Mr Laundry has returned to the couple’s home in North Port, Florida, in the van they traveled in, Ms Petito has not been found since late August.
“We have to find Gabby. We have to bring her home,” told her father, Joe Pepito. Fox News.
Asked how he felt, he said: “It’s a feeling you can’t describe. That’s it. You can sympathize, I’m sure you can empathize, I’m sure you can understand how it feels, but you can’t tell how you feel until you’re in it Unless you are a parent.
“You can’t describe how it feels because you’ve never felt it before. I pray that no one ever feels it again.”
Various police forces have gathered in the hunt for the missing girl, who, along with Mr. Laundry, set up a YouTube channel, nomadic static To record their journey.
Gary Ryder, who said he was a longtime family friend, set up a GoFundMe page to help with the search.
They told Granthshala that she and Ms. Petito’s stepfather, James Schmidt, were on their way to Wyoming to look for clues.
They said they were planning to visit Grand Teton National Park, which is believed to be the young woman’s last known location.
“We are planning to hold a meeting with investigators and find out the known locations and hope that will help us to make suggestions and verify some of the information gained through the investigation,” he said.
“Gabby’s mother is in New York, her father lives in Florida — both areas where there’s interest in the matter. So we’re all working in those different areas.”
He said that the money left over at the end of the searches would be returned to the people.
“Our motivation is that we pray that we can find and bring Gabby home,” he said.
Ms. Petito’s mother and stepfather have also appealed to contact her.
“At least three times a week we’ll FaceTime, call, text, over and over again,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said Monday at a news conference held at her attorney’s offices. “She kept me updated on this entire journey.”
Mr. Schmidt said: “Abby we want you to come home. Call us, tell us you’re fine… please come home.”
Police have insisted they have no evidence that the crime was committed, although officials said they thought the circumstances of his disappearance were “odd”. He said Mr Laundry had declined to speak with him and told him to contact a lawyer the family had hired.
Ms Laundry released a statement Tuesday through her lawyer.
“I understand that a search has been conducted for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” he said.
“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.”
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