SALT LAKE CITY — Police in Florida were seen dropping off a pink envelope at the home of missing woman Gabby Petito’s boyfriend — as authorities say they’re preparing for the possibility that something “sinister” has happened to her.
Petito, 22 years old, was last seen in Salt Lake City, at a motel, and then in Ogden (Utah) on August 25. She later checked in with her mom by phone at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
Petito was traveling cross-country in a van she had converted with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. He has since returned to North Port, Florida with the van.
Laundrie has not cooperated with police and retained a lawyer.
Gabby’s family said they became concerned about her whereabouts after several days since she last contacted her mother on Aug. 25.
Gabby’s family first thought she was disconnected from her cell phone, but as time passed, Gabby became increasingly concerned. They officially reported her missing Saturday.
According to Gabrielle’s Instagram posts, Gabrielle spent several weeks in Utah with her boyfriend, visiting Canyonlands National Park, Mystic Hot Springs and Arches National Park.
“We walked just past the arch, where the rock is at such a steep angle that it seems impossible to walk on. But, being experienced hikers, we had confidence that we could make it!” The rest of her post was written by Gabrielle. “Many people who spotted us were contemplating how we made it here, shouting things like ‘wow you guys must be crazy!’”
Gabrielle’s most recent Instagram post was made on August 25 in front of a mural called “The Monarch” in Ogden, Utah.
FOX News reported that cops dropped off an envelope outside Laundrie’s Florida home Tuesday.
North Port police claimed they tried to speak to Laundrie, but were told by his parents to leave. They then got in touch with his lawyer.
Josh Taylor, North Port’s spokesperson for police, stated that they have not ruled out any possibility that Gabrielle may not be looking for him.
“We are hopeful that she is out there somewhere. Taylor stated that people sometimes aren’t interested in communicating, so this is still an option. “But, we must be ready for something perhaps more sinister.”
Later on Tuesday, according to the local FOX affiliate in New York, Laundrie’s family issued a statement through his lawyer.
It stated that “This is an extremely difficult period for both the Petito and the Laundrie families.”
“I have heard that Miss Petito is being sought in Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park. We hope that Miss Petito will be reunited with her family and that the search for her is successful.
“On advice from counsel, the Laundrie Family is remaining in the background at the moment and will not have any further comment.”
Meanwhile, police have seized the converted van the couple had been traveling in from his home.
Fox News reported that the FBI was looking for clues about Gabby’s location and had not found any signs of foul play.
Gabby’s father said that he would do whatever it took to find his daughter.
We still don’t know where she might be. Pride is not an issue right now. Joseph Petito stated Monday that his only daughter was missing. “I’m going do whatever I can. Gabby’s family, Gabby’s mom, will do everything we can to find her.
Gabby’s mother expressed concern at a New York press conference.
“I just believe she’s in danger because she’s not in touch with us,” Gabby’s mom, Nicole Schmidt, said Monday. She could be alone. She could be lost in the wilderness alone and may need assistance.
“I believe a mother’s instinct is the most powerful,” Schmidt said. “I believe she’s going to come home.”
Gabrielle is 5′ 5″ tall with blonde hair, blue eyes, and 5′ 5″. On her left arm she has a triangle tattoo that features flowers, and on her right arm a “Let It Be” tattoo.
Her family has asked for help in finding her. Her mom stated that she may be alone in the wilderness. They are hoping that more people will share the story and photo of their daughter to get the word out.
Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, Petito’s hometown, are leading the investigation into her disappearance. To give a tip on the case, call 1-800-220-8477.
North Port Police Department says that anyone with information on the case can call 941-429-7382.
The FBI Tampa Field Office also assists in the investigation. You can also call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips to tips.fbi.gov.