Gabby Petito’s stepfather creates a memorial with a stone cross on the exact spot where the daughter’s body was found
Gabby Petito’s stepfather James Schmidt visited the exact spot where her body was found in Wyoming, creating a memorial for the 22-year-old New Yorker.
Schmidt, who is married to Petito’s mother Nichole, traveled from New York to Wyoming last week to assist in the search for the missing “van life” traveler.
She was reported missing on September 11 and he left on September 14. Her body was found on September 19.
On Wednesday, Schmidt made a stone cross at the spot where Petito was discovered, Fox news confirmed. He left yellow and white flowers on the property, under the trees.
Gabby Petito’s father James Schmidt visited the exact spot where she was murdered and made a stone cross. He laid a flower tribute
James Schmidt, Gabby Petito’s stepfather, traveled to Wyoming on Sept. 14 to help search for the 22-year-old. Her body was found four days later
Schmidt is pictured with his wife Nichole, Gabby’s mother, at a press conference on Sept. 14 – shortly before he left for Wyoming
Petito saved money for her road trip by working in a pharmacy, then left on July 2
Gabby Petito, 22, is pictured with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, in a YouTube video created to document their ‘van life’ road trip. Petito’s body was found on Sunday and the laundromat has disappeared
A memorial of stones in a cross pattern was spotted Monday night at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite east of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. On Wednesday, Petito’s stepfather paid a similar tribute to the exact spot where her body was found
A similar memorial was made Monday, on an open patch of muddy land on the banks of a river near the campsite.
A memorial for Petito will be held in New York on Sunday, the Long Island funeral home confirmed on Wednesday.
Moloney’s Holbrook Funeral Home, in Holbrook, 50 miles east of Manhattan, announced the memorial on their website.
The event will run from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
No details were given about a funeral or service.
The funeral home on Long Island, New York, has published details of her memorial
Sunday’s memorial will be held at the Holbrook funeral home near her family’s home
Petito and Laundrie are seen in Utah on July 4. They had set out on a road trip two days earlier and planned to document their journey on social media
The pair had been traveling together since July 2, when they left New York, on a cross-country trip. Petito was reported missing on September 11.
Petito’s family have not spoken to each other since a coroner on Tuesday confirmed that the body discovered Sunday was indeed hers.
They said they would speak as soon as her remains were returned to them.
The hunt for the only ‘person of interest’ in her case continues.
Her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, was reported missing by his parents on September 17, three days after he told them he was on his way for a walk.
Laundrie’s family lawyer said, “May she rest in peace.”
The search for Laundrie has centered on the Carlton Reserve since Sunday — a swampy, alligator-filled 25,000-acre site where Laundrie’s abandoned car was found. Inside the silver Ford Mustang was a note requesting to be towed.
North Port Police Department tweeted around 7 p.m. Wednesday that the search was concluded for today and would resume tomorrow morning.
“The search for Brian Laundrie has ended for tonight. Nothing found,’ they said.
“We’ll be back on Thursday, similar operation.”
Search teams pictured on Wednesday heading to Florida’s Carlton Reserve
The Carlton Reserve has been the focus of a search for the laundromat since his car was found at the site on Sunday
Laundromat was apparently an avid reader, with some pointing to a video on the couple’s YouTube page where he read a book about a missing woman. He is seen here in March on the Appalachian Trail with Petito for her birthday
Earlier on Wednesday, there was a flurry of activity as divers were taken to the site, but it was later revealed that there was no connection to the case.
The team, made up of about 10 divers, was called in by the North Port Police Department Wednesday morning, said Kaitlyn Perez, spokesman for the Sarasota County Sheriff.
“These divers are specially trained and very talented in low visibility waters,” said Perez.
“They dive down where you and I can’t see anything. They’re using technology and other special equipment to help them get deep into really deep waters, so they’re there now to recover whatever it is they might find.”
The Laundrie family was initially reluctant to cooperate with the investigation.
Their home was searched Monday and Brian’s parents Christopher and Roberta were questioned.
On Wednesday, the Laundrie’s neighbors, William and Charlene Guthrie, said they saw the Laundrie family leave the house in an RV about a week after Brian returned solo to Florida on Sept. 1.
William Guthrie told Fox news that he was working in his yard when he saw the laundries attach what looked like a new motor home to the back of their pickup truck.
“I saw them doing some work. And as they prepared for their journey, I saw them loading the RV,” he said.
The couple told Fox that the laundries were gone “for the weekend” after packing the new RV.
At that time, Petito had not yet been officially reported missing: her family did not raise the matter with the police until September 11.
The Guthries said they thought it was “strange” that Christopher, Roberta and Brian Laundrie would all be spending the weekend together in one small vehicle.