Gabi Pettito’s father makes an emotional plea for her safe return
The father of Gabi Pettito who disappeared on YouTube made an emotional plea for her safe return, declaring “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 partner Brian Laundry.
While Laundry returned to the couple’s home in North Port, Florida, with the van they were traveling in, he hasn’t heard from Pettito since late August.
“We have to find Gabe. We have to get her home,” her father, Joe Pettito, told Fox News.
When asked how he felt, he said, “It’s a feeling you can’t describe. That’s the thing. You can empathize, I’m sure you can empathize, I’m sure you can understand how you feel, but you can’t describe how you feel unless you’re in it, Unless you are the parent.
“You can’t describe how it feels because you have never felt it before. I pray that no one feels it again.”
Several police forces have been involved in the search for the missing young woman, who along with Mr. Laundry has set up a YouTube channel, Nomadic Statik, to record their journey.
Gary Rider, who said he was an old family friend, set up a GoFundMe page to help with the search.
Tell independent He and Pettito’s stepfather, James Schmidt, were headed to Wyoming to look for clues.
He said they were planning to go to Grand Teton National Park, which he believed was the last known site of the young woman.
“We plan to meet with investigators and track down known sites in hopes of helping verify some of the information we’ve received through advice and investigation,” he said.
“Gabi’s mother is in New York, her father lives in Florida — both areas where there is an interest in this case. So we are working on those different areas.”
He said any money left at the end of the search would be returned to the people.
“Our motive is that we pray that we can find Gabe and bring him home,” he said.
Pettito’s mother and father also made calls for her to contact them.
“At least three times a week, we’ve been communicating via FaceTime, calling you, texting, frequently,” Pettit’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, said at a press conference on Monday, held at their attorney’s offices. “She kept me updated on this entire trip.”
Mr. Schmidt said, “Abby we just want you to come home. Call us, and tell us you’re fine….come home, please.”
Police confirmed they had no evidence of a crime, although officers said they believed the circumstances of her disappearance were “strange”. They said Mr. Laundry refused to speak with them and asked them to contact a lawyer appointed by the family.
On Tuesday, Ms. Laundry issued a statement through his attorney.
“I understand that a search for Miss Petito has been organized in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” he said.
“On behalf of the Landry family, we hope that the search for Miss Pettito will be successful and that Miss Pettito will be reunited with her family.
“On counsel’s advice, the Laundry family remains in the background at this point and will have no further comment.”