Mum recalls last phone call with daughter, 22, who vanished on road trip

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The parents of a woman, who vanished during a road trip across the United States, are pleading for help to find their daughter.

Gabby Petito, 22, was traveling in a converted 2012 Ford camper van with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie when she disappeared in late August.

(left) A screenshot of Gabby and her boyfriend from a video posted to their YouTube channel about their travels (right) the converted 2012 Ford camper they were travelling in
Gabby Petito, 22, set out on a road trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van in early July but she disappeared in late August. Source: YouTube: YouTube/Nomadic Statik

The couple set off from Florida in July, making their way to New York before travelling to Salt Lake City, Utah where heavy wildfire smoke forced them to leave.

They travelled to Grand Teton National Park — Gabby’s last known location — and had plans to drive to Yellowstone but appear to have parted ways instead.

The couple had started a YouTube channel to showcase their road trip called "Nomadic Statik."

Chilling last words to family

Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt recalled her heartbreaking last conversation with her daughter on August 25.

The two talked by phone while Gabby was at Grand Teton National Park.

"I don't know if she left Grand Teton or not," Schmidt told Fox News.

"I did receive a text from her on the 27th and the 30th, but I don't know if it was technically her or not, because it was just a text. I didn't verbally speak to her."

She said she couldn’t say much except Gabby is no longer with the van.

"I don’t want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore."

Gabby Petito, 22, set out on a road trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van in early July to tour National Parks, according to her family, but she disappeared in late August.
Gabby's mother, Nicole Schmidt, last heard from her daughter on August 25. Source: Facebook

Her father Joseph Petito has taken to social media in the hope someone has information about his missing daughter.

“Please Share. Help us find our daughter Gabby. We need everyone’s help,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

His posts have been shared hundreds of times.

A photo of Gabby Petito, 22, who set out on a road trip with her boyfriend in a converted camper van in early July to tour National Parks, according to her family, but she disappeared in late August.
Gabby Petito's last known location was Grand Teton National Park. Source: Facebook

Police recover van

Detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department in New York, Gabby’s hometown, are investigating her disappearance.

A spokesperson for the department has confirmed the white van has been recovered and an "attempt to locate" call was recently filed.

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