Search on for Florida woman missing from cross-country trip
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who vanished while on a cross-country trip in a converted camper van with her boyfriend is the subject of a nationwide search.
Much of their trip was documented on social media accounts that abruptly ceased.
Authorities on Wednesday said the boyfriend is a person of interest in the disappearance of 22-year-old Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. The boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, drove her van home to Florida alone Sept. 1 and isn’t cooperating with police. That van has since been impounded by investigators and processed for clues.
An attorney for the Laundrie family, Steve Bertolino of New York, said in an email Wednesday that the family “is remaining in the background” as the search continues and will have no further comment.
The couple had set out in July in their van on a trip west. Her family says Petito has not been heard from since late August.
Police say she was last in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.