On Tuesday, the family of Gabby Petito made a request of the media to cover all missing person cases with the same energy that has been devoted to their daughter’s investigation in recent weeks.
The 22-year-old went missing while on a cross-country tour of America’s national parks with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie. The 23-year-old boyfriend returned home to Florida in Petito’s van, but Gabby was nowhere to be found. Gabby Petito’s body was finally found in Grand Teton National Park, but Laundrie and his parents have mostly stayed silent on the matter. Authorities are still searching for Brian’s whereabouts since he went missing almost two weeks ago.
The Gabby Petito case has captured the attention of the nation for the last month. It’s prominently on every news channel and covered by almost every media outlet. The national coverage has also highlighted a need for all missing person cases to be treated with the same reverence. Many are calling for a renewed look into cases involving Indigenous women and other people of color as well.
Today, the victim’s father, Joseph Petito, thanked reporters and social media for putting a spotlight on his daughter’s case. However, he added that all missing persons should garner the same attention.
“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.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter Joins Search For Gabby Petito’s Boyfriend
In recent days, reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter has joined the search for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie. The newlywed put his honeymoon on hold with his new wife, Frannie Frane, to travel to Florida and get to work. He joined the manhunt over the weekend, and in the last day revealed potentially major news about Laundrie’s whereabouts.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, claims he has video footage of Laundrie and his parents entering and exiting Fort De Soto Park in Florida. He says that registration reports confirm that the family visited the park twice earlier this month. Chapman says the Laundrie family, including Brian, visited Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 6-8. Yet supposedly the prime suspect in the Gabby Petito case did not leave the park with his family on Sept. 8.
“Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left [the campsite] on the 8th. Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told FOX News.
“We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the [Carlton Reserve],” he added.