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Van-lifer, 22, disappears after cross-country trip to Yellowstone with her fiancée

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A New York woman who was traveling across the United States with her fiancé while living out of a van has been reported missing after returning home without her.

Gabby Petito, 22, of Blue Point, New York, was last seen on Aug. 24 checking out of a hotel with her fiancé Brian Laundrie in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The next day, she made her last phone call to her family and told them that she and Laundrie had traveled to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

The couple was on their way to Yellowstone National Park, but Petito never made it.

Laundromat has since returned to his Florida home with their couple’s 2012 Ford Transit van and has reportedly not cooperated with investigators, according to her family. They also claimed that he hired a lawyer.

Neither Petito’s family nor her friend Laundrie were available for comment at the time of the press.

‘[It’s like] drown with your hands tied behind you,” Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, told news day of his daughter’s disappearance. ‘You can’t describe it. You can do nothing. You can’t control anything.’

The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release.

Gabby Petito of Blue Point, 22, and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, set out on their road trip in early July, first from Laundrie’s home state of Florida to Petito’s in New York. Then the pair headed west toward Salt Lake City. She was reported missing by her family on Saturday and was last posted to her vibrant Instagram account two weeks ago (pictured)

Fiance Brian Laundrie (pictured left) has since returned to Florida with the couple's camper, according to missing Gabby Petito's father, Joseph Petito, and is not cooperating with police in their investigation

Fiance Brian Laundrie (pictured left) has since returned to Florida with the couple’s camper, according to missing Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, and is not cooperating with police in their investigation

“I can’t say much, but she’s not with the van anymore,” Schmidt told her daughter’s outlet. “I don’t want to say more than that, but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore.”

The pair had captured their conversion of a 2012 Ford van into a motorhome and their lives in it on YouTube and Instagram, developing a social media presence under the moniker ‘Nomadic Statik’.

According to their Instagram accounts, the couple began their journey in July, traveling to Florida’s Fort De Soto Park, a Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail, Kansas’ Monument Rocks, Colorado Springs, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zion National Park, and Bryce National. Park. in Utah and Canyonlands National Park since July.

“Shrinking life to fit in this tiny van was the best decision we ever made,” Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July.

“Sacrificing space every day to wake up in nature hasn’t been a sacrifice at all.”

Neither Petito's family nor her friend Laundrie were available for comment at the time of the press.  The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release.

Neither Petito’s family nor her friend Laundrie were available for comment at the time of the press. The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release.

'[My daughter] was last physically seen on Aug. 24 while checking out of a hotel with her boyfriend, Salt Lake City, Utah,

‘[My daughter] was last physically seen on Aug. 24 while checking out of a hotel with her boyfriend, Salt Lake City, Utah,” Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, said on Facebook. ‘[Brian Laundrie] has since returned home and retained a lawyer, and is currently uncooperative.”

The engaged couple had documented their conversion of a 2012 Ford van into a motor home and their lives in it on YouTube and Instagram

The engaged couple had documented their conversion of a 2012 Ford van into a motor home and their lives in it on YouTube and Instagram

Neither Petito's family nor her friend Laundrie were available for comment at the time of the press.  The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release.  The couple is pictured together in Utah's Canyonlands National Park

Neither Petito’s family nor her friend Laundrie were available for comment at the time of the press. The Suffolk County Police Department opened an investigation after her family reported her missing just before 7 p.m. Saturday, the agency wrote in a press release. The couple is pictured together in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park

Petito and Laundrie had returned from Utah in late August to dodge smoke from the wildfires, Nicole Schmidt said, and planned to head next to Yellowstone National Park.

Nicole said she last spoke to her daughter on the phone on August 25, but received texts from her on August 27 and 30. However, she told Fox she wasn’t sure if it was Petito or not “because it was just a text message. I haven’t spoken to her verbally.’

“I can’t say much, but she’s not with the van anymore,” Schmidt told her daughter’s outlet. “I don’t want to say more than that, but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not that van anymore.”

Since Petito’s disappearance, her family has had a… GoFundMe that made $5,000 in just six hours. They have also started a social media campaign on Facebook, simply called ‘Finding Gabby,’ where a number of visitors to the national park claimed to recognize the couple’s van.

“As we work with the FBI, multiple law enforcement agencies, and outside resources to pursue all tracks, the family will need money and resources to travel and pay the costs associated with an investigation and search across the country.” “Any help is appreciated,” the fundraiser reads.

“Shrinking life to fit in this tiny van was the best decision we ever made,” Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July.

“Shrinking life to fit in this tiny van was the best decision we ever made,” Laundrie wrote on Instagram in early July.

Petito is an artist, vegetarian and yoga enthusiast, according to her Instagram page.  She was reported missing on Saturday night and her family has not heard from her since August 25

Petito is an artist, vegetarian and yoga enthusiast, according to her Instagram page. She was reported missing on Saturday night and her family has not heard from her since August 25

“Love the van,” Petito said in the couple’s YouTube video, posted three weeks ago

Since Petito's disappearance, her family has launched a GoFundMe that has made $5,000 in just six hours.  They have also launched a social media campaign on Facebook, simply called

Since Petito’s disappearance, her family has launched a GoFundMe that has made $5,000 in just six hours. They have also launched a social media campaign on Facebook, simply called “Find Gabby,” with a number of visitors to the national park claiming to recognize the couple’s van.

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