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NORTH PORT, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: An FBI agent talks with a North Port officer while they collect evidence from the family home of Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing on September 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida. A body has been found by authorities in Wyoming that fits the description of Petito, who went missing while on a cross country trip with Laundrie. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

The family of murdered blogger Gabby Petito held a press conference in New York yesterday to ask the public and news media to put the same energy into helping find other missing people as they did for their daughter.

They said that because Petito’s case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to cases involving missing Indigenous women and other people of color.

Richard Stafford, a lawyer for Petito’s family, spoke as well, asking Brian Laundrie to turn himself in, saying “The Laundries didn’t help us find Gabby, they’re sure not going to help us find Brian.” The Laundrie family released a statement Monday saying they aren’t helping their son flee from authorities.

Joseph Petito, Gabby’s father, also announced the Gabby Petito Foundation is in the formative stages and will help with the work of finding missing persons, saying “We need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened.”

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