Family of missing Gabby Petito begs for help after 22-year-old vanishes during cross-country road trip with boyfriend
THE fiancé of a road-tripper of a woman who went missing during a cross-country road trip has reportedly "hired an attorney and refusing to work with police" after returning home without her.
New Yorker Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah with Brian Laundrie.
They had been traveling across America in a white Ford Transit van since the start of July and Gabby told her family that she was visiting a national park in Wyoming on August 25.
Laundrie has since returned to his home in Florida, hired an attorney, and is reportedly not cooperating with the police, according to MailOnline.
Gabby's family claim that he is not speaking about what happened.
The van, which had Florida registration plates, was also recovered but Gabby was reported missing by her family on Saturday, Newsday reports.
She last posted photos on her Instagram profile on August 25 and was on a FaceTime call with her mom just days before.
Gabby’s mom Nicole Schmidt said she received texts from her phone until August 30 but couldn’t be sure if her daughter sent them.
Her dad Joseph Petito told Newsday: “It’s like drowning with your hands tied behind you.
“You can’t describe it. There’s nothing you can do. You can’t control anything."
He added: “I just want people to keep looking and not stop until we find her.
“She’s out there somewhere… We won’t stop until we find her.”
Gabby and Laundrie started their road trip on July 2 and planned to visit Portland, Oregon so they could visit a friend for Halloween.
They converted the van into a camper and documented their experiences on social media, NBC New York reports.
Gabby said living out of the van "was the best decision" the couple had ever made.
They started a YouTube channel called "Nomadic Statik" where they shared their journey with fans.
The pair visited Colorado Springs and many national parks in Utah but left the state due to the risk of wildfires.
The couple planned to visit Yellowstone National Park but never made it.
Gabby is described as 5'5 tall, 110 pounds, and has a tattoo saying: “Let it Be”.
Dad Joseph described his daughter as “free-spirited” and said she loved adventures.
He said: "Clothes didn't impress her. Cars didn't impress her. Experiences – that's what impressed her."
A GoFundMe page has been created which has raised more than $6.000.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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