Woman Disappears on Cross-Country Road Trip, Last Seen at Grand Teton National Park

by Jennifer Shea

A 22-year-old woman has vanished in the midst of a cross-country road trip and was last seen at Grand Teton National Park. Gabby Petito launched the trip with her boyfriend this July in a 2012 white Ford converted camper van.

Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, kicked off the trip in Florida, making their way to New York before traveling across the country to Salt Lake City, Utah. They then had to leave town due to heavy wildfire smoke.

Petito’s last known location is Grand Teton National Park, where she and Laundrie stopped on Aug. 25. They planned to travel to Yellowstone from there. But Petito and Laundrie appear to have parted ways at some point.

Petito Last Seen in Grand Teton National Park

It was on Aug. 25 that Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, last heard from her daughter. The two talked by phone while Petito was at Grand Teton National Park.

“I don’t know if she left Grand Teton or not,” Schmidt told Fox News. “I did receive a text from her on the 27th and the 30th. But I don’t know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I didn’t verbally speak to her.”

Schmidt is now seeking any help she can marshal to find her daughter. Petito is 5’5” with blonde hair and blue eyes. She has two tattoos: one triangle tattoo with flowers on her left arm, and a “Let it be” tattoo on her right arm.

“I can’t say much, but she’s no longer with the van,” Schmidt added. “I don’t want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore.”

Anyone who believes they may have seen Petito or has information relevant to her case should contact the Suffolk County Police Department at 1-800-220-8477.

Couple Had Started YouTube Channel Together

Meanwhile, Laundrie could not immediately be reached for comment, according to Fox. It is unclear what happened between the couple at Grand Teton National Park.

The couple had launched a YouTube channel to document their journey. They titled it “Nomadic Statik.”

A Jackson Police Department spokesperson told Fox that an “attempt to locate” call has been filed for Petito. The Suffolk County Police Department is also on the case.