Family Of Gabby Petito Say They’re Hopeful Her Foundation Will Help Others

When “van life” blogger Gabby Petito went missing during a cross-country road trip with her former fiancé, Brian Laundrie, her parents and stepparents came together to spearhead a nationwide search for their 22-year-old daughter. When Gabby’s body was discovered on September 19 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, the two couples say they temporarily moved their respective families under a single roof so that they, and their children, could grieve and process Gabby’s death together. Now, Gabby’s family has started the Gabby Petito Foundation, dedicated to bringing awareness to the dual causes of domestic violence and missing persons. In a recent press conference announcing the creation of the foundation, Gabby’s stepfather Jim Schmidt said that the family is hopeful they will be able to help other families. “We want to help people. We’ve got to have a positive outcome so Gabby’s death isn’t meaningless,” says the deceased woman’s father, Joe Petito. The conclusion of this two-part Dr. Phil exclusive, “Gabby’s Parents Come Together," airs Wednesday. Check your local listing for airtimes. Visit to learn more about the Gabby Petito Foundation or to make a donation. WATCH: ‘I’ve Got A Great Support System – But It’s Hell,’ Says Dad Of Deceased ‘Van Life’ Blogger Gabby Petito TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Are you involved in a story making headlines?