Gabby Petito Foundation: Family launches organization to help find missing persons

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(WJW) — Gabby Petito’s family spoke publicly today for the first time since the funeral of their daughter was held on Sunday afternoon.

They announced they are starting the Gabby Petito Foundation to bring awareness to other missing persons across the nation and to help their families find them.

They urge the public to put as much effort into finding other missing people as they did for Gabby.

The family is extremely grateful to law enforcement, the media, as well as social media, for working together to find Gabby’s body.

Her parents got tattoos of Gabby’s artwork to “keep her with (them) at all times” and they say it keeps them moving forward knowing they can help other people who are still searching.

Her family is asking Brian Laundrie to turn himself in and they aren’t expecting his parents to help in the search efforts to find him.

Petito’s body was found in Wyoming after a search when her family reported her missing on Sept. 11.

Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West. Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1.

Laundrie was reported missing by his family more than a week ago and authorities continue to search for him in the nearby Carleton Reserve.

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