Gabby Petito's Father Leads Tributes To Missing Vlogger: 'She Touched The World'

Gabby Petito's father has led tributes to his daughter, sharing a post on Twitter where he said the vlogger "touched the world."

Joseph Petito, from New York, shared the heartbreaking message on Twitter on Sunday after police said they had found a body during the search for missing YouTube vlogger, 22-year-old Gabby.

The Sales Supervisor for Time Waner Cable shared a picture of Gabby standing between a pair of wings that had been painted on the wall behind her. He added: "(broken heart emoji) #GabbyPetito she touched the world."

Petito's comment was shared more than 33,800 times and liked more than 130,500 times at the time of reporting.

Across social media platforms, there was an outpouring of tributes to Gabby, with many commenting on her Instagram and YouTube pages.

Underneath Gabby's last upload onto her YouTube page, Newsweek found dozens of comments where users paid tribute to her and sent well wishes to her family.

Gabby's last Instagram post has since been liked more than 100,000 times since it was first shared on August 26.

Underneath the collection of photos, thousands of people shared their tributes and hopes that Gabby would be found.

On Sunday, the FBI announced they had found human remains in Spread Creek Wyoming that were "consistent" with the 22-year-old.

In a statement, Charles Jones, FBI Denver's supervisory senior resident agent said: "Earlier today, human remains were discovered, consistent with a description of Gabrielle 'Gabby' Petito.

"Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100 percent that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery. The cause of death has not been determined at this time."

💔#GABBYPETITO she touched the world.

— joseph petito (@josephpetito) September 19, 2021

Brian Laundrie, 23, and Petito set off for a cross-country journey in July and set up social media accounts to document their travels across the U.S.

But, Laundrie returned alone to his home in Florida, which he shared with Gabby and his parents, on September 1.

When Gabby's parents reported her missing on September 11, Laundrie did not cooperate with the police.

The Laundrie family contacted police on Friday when Laundrie himself was reported missing after he told family members on Tuesday that he was going on a hike.

Florida police and FBI agents are now searching for Laundrie in a vast wildlife reserve close to his parent's home.

On Wednesday, the family went to search for Laundrie and found his vehicle near the Carlton Reserve.

The car had a note on it from the North Port Police Department, saying that it had to be moved.

Newsweek has contacted the North Port Police Department for comment.

A body has been found
A body has been found during the search for Gabby Petito. These pictures were shared on Gabby Petito's public social media account. Gabby Petito/ Instagram

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