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The family of a missing 22-year-old New York woman are begging for help to find her after she vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend.

The family of a missing 22-year-old New York woman are begging for help to find her after she vanished during a road trip with her boyfriend.

Gabby Petito last spoke to her mother via Facetime on August 23 or 24, and continued sending text messages to her up until August 30.

But her mother said she doesn't know for sure if those messages were sent by her.

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One of the last photos Gabby Petito posted before she disappeared.

She was last known to be at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, on the other side of the country.

Ms Petito had been posting in a YouTube channel about travelling the country with her boyfriend in a van.

And while she remains missing, her boyfriend is in Florida, has hired a lawyer and is not speaking to the media.

The case is now a missing persons investigation in Suffolk County, on New York's Long Island.

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Gabby Petito was last seen at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

"Gabrielle Petito was traveling in a white, 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida license plate QFTG03 with a companion when she stopped communicating with friends and family," a statement from Suffolk Police read.

"The van she was traveling in has been recovered.

"She has blonde hair and blue eyes, and several tattoos, including one on her finger and one on her forearm that reads 'let it be'."

Suffolk Police are working with the FBI field office in Tampa Bay, Florida, near her boyfriend's home.

The van they had been travelling in was recovered at her boyfriend's parents' home.

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Gabby Petito's boyfriend returned home from a road trip, but she didn't.

Police have not revealed if her boyfriend is a suspect in her disappearance, but he has not been charged with anything.

Ms Petito's father Joe told Newsday that her disappearance is like "drowning with your hands tied behind you".

"You can't describe it. There's nothing you can do," Mr Petito said.

"You can't control anything."

Ms Petito last posted on Instagram on August 26, and on YouTube several days earlier.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/gabby-petito-missing-woman-grand-teton-wyoming-national-park-long-island-disappearance-van-life/a9ccf903-6dae-4316-980a-6f04ad0c3976

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