Gabby Petito’s Father Speaks Out About Daughter’s Influence: ‘Already Saving Lives’

by Chris Haney

On Saturday morning, Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, shared a touching message about his daughter “already saving lives” following her tragic death.

The case revolving around Petito’s disappearance and death has captured the attention of every media outlet around the nation. People across the country have followed the investigation closely and mourned the 22-year-old’s passing. Her life has touched many, including those she never even met.

A few weeks ago, search teams found Petito’s body in Grand Teton National Park after she and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie visited the area on a cross-country road trip. Laundrie returned home to Florida in Petito’s van, but Gabby was nowhere to be seen. Laundrie refused to speak to police and eventually went missing, which has led to a massive FBI-led manhunt in Central Florida.

As authorities continue to search for Laundrie’s whereabouts, Petito’s story has resonated with many. This morning, Joseph Petito found the one positive thing that may have come from his daughter’s death. He says the recognition her case has garnered has helped other women leave unhealthy and abusive relationships. Additionally, she’s helped bring awareness to other missing person cases across the country.

As Joseph tweeted, his daughter’s “influence” may have saved countless lives already. He says there’s still plenty of work left to make sure others don’t have the same fate as Gabby. However, he acknowledged “it’s a start.”

Gabby Petito’s Father Asks Media To Pay Attention To All Missing People

Earlier this week, Gabby Petito’s family requested that the media cover all missing person cases with the same fervor that has been devoted to their daughter’s investigation in recent weeks.

As mentioned, the Gabby Petito case has captured the attention of the nation for the last month. The ongoing investigation into her disappearance and death has made headlines everywhere. Almost every news channel and media outlet has prominently featured Petito’s ongoing story.

The national coverage has also put a spotlight on other missing person cases. Many have called for all cases to be handled with the same reverence as Petito’s investigation. Others, including Joseph Petito, have called for a renewed look into all similar cases. He also drew specific attention to cases involving Indigenous women and other people of color as well.

On Tuesday, the victim’s father thanked reporters and social media for highlighting his daughter’s case. However, he thinks that all missing people should have the same amount of attention on their own stories.

“I want to ask everyone to help all the people that are missing and need help. It’s on all of you, everyone that’s in this room to do that,” he said to reporters, according to ABC News. “And if you don’t do that for other people that are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s not just Gabby that deserves it.”