Gabby Petito’s family converts social media accounts into missing persons pages
Gabby Petito’s family launched new social media platforms dedicated to finding missing people.
“We have converted our original #findgabby page on FB into a missing persons page,” stepdad Jim Schmidt tweeted Wednesday. “We are expanding it to Twitter and Instagram too. A work in progress, but we are committed to help find the missing.”
A week after Petito was found slain in an undeveloped camping ground along the border of Grand Teton National Park in September, her family launched The Gabby Petito Foundation, to give “resources and guidance” to those searching for loved ones.
“It’s hard. We’re still grieving and it’s going to be a process for a long time, I know that. I think starting the foundation is a way of us grieving and getting through this,” Petito’s mom Nichole Schmidt told Florida’s WFLA last month.
“Some mornings I wake up, I want to save the world and I know I can’t do that but I’ll die trying. And that’s Gabby’s legacy.”
The compelling search for the 22-year-old Long Island native dominated headlines for weeks as untold missing persons cases went uncovered, which some critics chalked up to a racist double standard.
Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Florida swamp in October after another headline dominating manhunt.
The two had been traveling across the country to visit national parks until Petito disappeared, and Laundrie drove her van to his parent’s Florida house before vanishing himself amid increased scrutiny.