Somber anniversary of Gabby Petito's death brings renewed focus to domestic violence

Petito's parents are honoring their daughter by drawing attention to domestic violence.

News 12 Staff

Sep 19, 2022, 9:42 PM

Updated 667 days ago

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Monday marked one year since the body of Blue Point native Gabby Petito was found at a national park in Wyoming.
Petito's parents are honoring their daughter by drawing attention to domestic violence. They are asking for people to honor their daughter by sharing stories of missing persons and speaking up about domestic violence.
Petito's case drew worldwide attention when she was reported missing, and her strangled body was found on Sept. 19 at Grand Teton National Park.
Her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, was later found dead of a self-inflected gunshot wound. He was the only person ever identified by law enforcement as a person of interest in the case. He admitted in a journal entry to killing Petito, claiming he had done it after she had been injured.
Keith Scott, director of the Family & Children's Association, says it's important to check in on loved ones who say they are fearful of their partner or say they have to check in with their partner before going out.
"It doesn't mean it's abuse going on, but those are key indicators, that someone's body language changes when someone enters the room, that someone seems fearful of their partner, someone withdrawing from their family intentionally, someone not as cheerful as they used to be," Scott says.
Scott also says that domestic violence can be going on for years before people outside the relationship have any idea about it.
He says it is important to ask if a person wants to talk about how they are being treated or whether they might need help from a professional.


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