Gabby Petito’s father shared a photo of one of the final places his daughter visited on her ill-fated road trip, along with a touching note for her.
“I now know why you came here. #gabbypetito has a beautiful view from now on. Love you, and miss you,” Petito tweeted, above a photo of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park.
Jenny Lake is a popular tourist attraction in the park, and witnesses said they spotted Gabby and the now-fugitive Brian Laundrie in a van near the lake on Aug. 25. Up to now, Laundrie is the only person who has been linked to her death.
Petito reposted a photo of his wife, Tara Petito, and Gabby’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, in a second post, saying “Two amazing moms @[email protected] being there for each other. @Jim_Schmidt416 and I are very lucky husbands.”
The two couples were in Wyoming to claim the body of the 22-year-old Blue Point, Long Islander. Petito’s remains were released this week after an autopsy revealed that she had been strangled.
As of Saturday morning, Joseph Petito’s Friday tweet had earned nearly 40,000 likes and over 2,000 retweets. In the comments, people continued to leave sympathetic words and, in some cases, clues for finding Laundrie.
Previously, at a news conference in Bohemia, New York in September, Joseph Petito expressed gratitude to the news media and social media for bringing attention to his daughter’s disappearance, but he also stated that all missing persons deserved the same level of 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, pointing to reporters and cameras in front of him. “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.”
Joseph Petito said the Gabby Petito Foundation is still in its early stages and will strive to fill in any gaps in the process of discovering missing people. He stated that they would collaborate with organizations such as the AWARE Foundation and We Help The Missing.
“We need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened,” Joseph Petito added. “We can’t let her name be taken in vain.”