Gabby is ‘already saving lives’, says father

Petito’s father hails daughter’s ‘influence’: ‘She is already saving lives’

Gabby Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has shared a poignant message on Twitter, saying his daughter is “already saving lives”.

He posted a photo of the 22-year-old, who disappeared at the end of August before her remains were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, on 19 September.

“She is already saving lives. So many stories being sent to us about relationships being left with proper planning for safety, and people are being found due to her influence. We have much more work to do, but it’s a start. #gabbypetito #justiceforgabby,” Mr Petito wrote.

The post received hundreds of replies, including from people sharing their own experiences of abusive relationships.

“Gabby finally gave me courage to seek help to get out of my 12 year abusive relationship. She is inspiring so many,” one woman wrote.

Another replied: “I’m writing to you from [a] faraway part of Middle East, Iran. I just a left a very damaging relationship recently because of Gabby. Sending your family lots of love and I’m sure Gabby’s watching over those who need help. She’s a true angel.”