SALT LAKE CITY — Gabby Petito, 22, set out on a road trip with her boyfriend in early July to tour National Parks, but she disappeared in late August. Now her mother is asking for help.
Nicole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, told Fox News that the last verbal conversation she had with her daughter was on Aug. 25.
Schmidt said to Fox News that Schmidt didn’t know whether her daughter had left Grand Teton. “I received a message from her on 27th and 30th. However, I don’t know if that was actually her. It was a text. I didn’t speak to her verbally.”
Schmidt stated that Petito and her boyfriend began their road trip in July. They traveled first from Florida to New York. They left New York, and ended up in Salt Lake City in late August. But they left amid heavy wildfire smoke.
Schmidt stated that the couple stopped at Grand Teton National Park in August 25, Petito’s last known place, prior to a planned trip towards Yellowstone.
The couple were travelling in a white Ford van, which was converted into a campervan.
Schmidt said that her daughter was no longer traveling in the Ford white van. “I don’t want to say more, but I want people to search for her now and not for the van anymore.
Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, Petito’s hometown, are investigating her disappearance. A spokesperson for the department said that Petito’s white van had been found after she disappeared.
According to a spokesperson from the Jackson Police Department, Petito was last reported missing after an “attempt of finding” call was made.
They had created a YouTube channel called “Nomadic Statik” to show off their road trip.
Petito’s boyfriend couldn’t be reached immediately for comment Sunday.
Joseph Petito, Gabby’s father, stated on Facebook that her boyfriend had returned home to Florida by himself, and that he obtained a lawyer. However, he was not cooperating.
Petito, who is 5′ 5″ tall, has blue eyes and blond hair. Her left arm has a triangle tattoo that features flowers, while her right arm has the “Let’s be” tattoo.
If you have any information or want to speak with Gabby, please call the Suffolk County Police Department at 1-800-220-8477.
This story was originally published by Jack Helean on Scripps station KSTU in Salt Lake City.