Gabrielle Petito’s father: ‘She touched the world’

Attorney for family asks for privacy, thanks everyone who helped bring Gabby home
The family of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito is making a desperate plea to her fiancé's...
The family of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito is making a desperate plea to her fiancé's parents to share any information they may have on her whereabouts.
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:31 PM EDT
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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) - After news that a body matching his daughter’s description was found in Wyoming, Joseph Petito tweeted a heartbreaking message.

“She touched the world,” he wrote, with a photo of his 22-year-old daughter.

Gabrielle went missing during a cross-country road trip with her fiancé. Her father, Joseph, has become the most vocal of the family, coming to North Port where her fiancé lived. He spoke to the cameras last week, begging for the return of his daughter.

“This girl right here. This one. This is all that matters now,” he told reporters last week.

FBI agents in Denver confirmed that the body matched Gabrielle’s description and that a cause of death could not yet be determined.

An attorney for the Petito family released a statement Sunday evening asking for privacy to grieve and also thanking the agencies that assisted in the search.

“I am making a personal request to members of the press and news media to refrain from contacting the Schmidt and Petito family. Due to today’s developments, we are asking the press and news media to have some decorum and sensitivity for Gabby’s family and allow them to grieve. I will be in contact with you when Gabby’s family is ready to make a public statement. I would also like to personally thank the FBI, the Suffolk County Police Department, the North Post Police Department and especially the Grand Teton Search and Rescue Team. Your tireless work and determination helped bring Gabby home to her parents. The family and I will be forever grateful.”

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