Missing woman Gabby Petito's family slams trolls targeting fiancé Brian Laundrie after he returns from vacation alone

THE family of a missing road-tripper has slammed online trolls for targeting her fiancé after he returned from their vacation without her.

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24 after leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah with Brian Laundrie.


The New Yorker's loved ones posted to a Facebook page set up to help find her on Monday, writing: "I just want to reiterate …WE ARE ONLY LOOKING FOR GABBY AT THIS TIME."

"Please focus all efforts on sharing her information. We are not talking about Brian or the van," they added.

"Gabby is ALONE and she does not have a vehicle. Please keep sharing!"

That came after followers dubbed her disappearance "suspicious" and questioned reports her boyfriend "was not co-operating" with authorities.

Laundrie was earlier said to have "hired an attorney and is refusing to work with police", according to DailyMail.com.

The couple had been traveling across America in a white Ford Transit van since the start of July and Gabby told her family that she was visiting a national park in Wyoming on August 25.

Laundrie has since returned to his home in Florida, hired an attorney, and is reportedly not cooperating with the police, according to reports.

It's not known when he returned to the state.

Gabby's family on Monday refused to confirm if the pair were engaged but did say the two met at high school and later rekindled their relationship.

They are understood to have lived together in Florida for more than two years.

Gabby's mom Nicole Schmidt told a press conference: "I believe she’s going to come home.

"They had a plan, an itinerary, and we were excited for them. Everyone wanted to be doing what they were doing."

Schmidt’s husband, Joe Petito, said: "Gabby, we just want you to come home. Call us. Let us know you’re OK. Come home, please.”

The van, which had Florida registration plates, was also recovered but Gabby was reported missing by her family on Saturday, Newsday reports.

Detectives are investigating the 22-year-old's disappearance.

She last posted photos on her Instagram profile on August 25 and was on a FaceTime call with her mom just days before.

Gabby’s mom Nichole said she received texts from her phone until August 30 but couldn’t be sure if her daughter sent them.

Her dad Joseph Petito told Newsday: “It’s like drowning with your hands tied behind you.

“You can’t describe it. There’s nothing you can do. You can’t control anything."

He added: “I just want people to keep looking and not stop until we find her.

“She’s out there somewhere… We won’t stop until we find her.”

Gabby and Laundrie started their road trip on July 2 and planned to visit Portland, Oregon so they could visit a friend for Halloween.

'WE WON'T STOP'

They converted the van into a camper and documented their experiences on social media, NBC New York reports.

Gabby said living out of the van "was the best decision" the couple had ever made.

They started a YouTube channel called "Nomadic Statik" where they shared their journey with fans.

The pair visited Colorado Springs and many national parks in Utah but left the state due to the risk of wildfires.

The couple planned to visit Yellowstone National Park but never made it.

Gabby is described as 5'5 tall, 110 pounds, and has a tattoo saying: “Let it Be”.

Dad Joseph described his daughter as “free-spirited” and said she loved adventures.

He said: "Clothes didn't impress her. Cars didn't impress her. Experiences – that's what impressed her."

A GoFundMe page has been created which has raised more than $6.000.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

The Sun has approached Brian Laundrie for comment.




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