The family of slain passenger Gabby Petito on Tuesday asked the public and news media to channel the same energy into helping find other missing people as they did to 22-year-old Pettito, who died in a cross with her boyfriend. -Was missing on a country trip.
Petito’s parents and step-parents speak to reporters at a news conference in New York – showing off her design and new tattoos based on the mantra “Let It Be” – as authorities in Florida have her boyfriend, Brian Laundry The search continued, who is the person of interest. in his disappearance and remains unaccounted for.
Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s family, made renewed calls for the laundry to turn over himself and criticized his parents for what they said was a lack of cooperation in the search that turned up Pettito’s remains. The Laundries issued a statement on Monday saying they were not helping him escape.
“Laundries didn’t help us find Gabby, they certainly won’t help us find Brian,” Stafford said. “For Brian’s sake, we’re asking you to go to the FBI or the nearest law enforcement agency.”
Pettito’s body was found on September 18 in a remote area in northwestern Wyoming. A memorial service was held Sunday on Long Island, where Laundry and Petito grew up, before moving to Florida in recent years. Her family announced that she is starting a foundation to support people searching for missing loved ones.
Petito’s case has sparked renewed calls for people to pay more attention to cases involving missing Indigenous women and other people of color, with some commentators describing intense coverage of her disappearances as “missing white women syndrome”. has done.
Joseph Petito thanked the news media and social media for highlighting his daughter’s disappearance, but added that all missing persons deserve equal attention.
“I want to ask everyone to help all those who are missing and who need help. It’s on you all, everyone who is in this room,” he said, pointing to the reporters and cameras in front of him. “And if you don’t do the same for other people who are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s just not Gabby who deserves it.”
The laundry search is also creating a frenzy, with TV celebrities like Duane Chapman—better known as Doug the bounty hunter—and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh working to track them down. are.
Stafford said Petito’s family welcomed everyone’s help in finding the laundry and encouraged anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact the FBI or local police.
Petito was reported missing by her parents on September 11, after she did not answer calls and texts for several days while she and Laundry were visiting parks in the west.
Her death has been ruled a homicide, meaning she was killed by another person, but Wyoming officials have not disclosed how she died until further autopsy results. Petito’s stepfather Jim Schmidt said Wyoming officials still have his remains.
Petito and Laundry posted online about their trip in a white Ford Transit van converted into a camper. They got into a physical altercation on August 12 in Moab, Utah, which led to a police brawl, ending with the police deciding to separate the feuding couple for the night. No charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.
Investigators are searching for laundry in Florida, and searched her parents’ home in North Port, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
Last week, federal officials in Wyoming charged Laundry with unauthorized use of a debit card, alleging that she used a Capital One bank card and someone’s personal identification number to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges of more than $1,000 during that period. in which Petito went missing. He did not say whose card it belonged to.
Joseph Petito said the Gabby Petito Foundation is in the early stages and will try to fill any gaps in the search for missing people. He said he would work with organizations that helped him, such as the Aware Foundation and We Help the Missing.
“We need positive things to come from that tragedy,” Joseph Petito said. “We can’t let his name go in vain.”
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