The Media Needs to Get Past the "Missing White Woman Syndrome"


September 27, 2021

(Photo/Missing and Murdered Indigenous People: Statewide Report Wyoming)

OPINION. In July, Gabby Petito, 22, began a four-month trip across the country with her fiancé to visit national parks along the way. By September 1, something had obviously gone amiss when Petito's fiancé returned to his home in Florida without her. Ten days later, Petito's mother filed a missing person report.

Since the couple were last seen together by witnesses in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, the missing report prompted an extensive search effort by the FBI Denver Field Office, its Wyoming Resident Agencies, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Teton County Sheriff's Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, and Jackson Police Department.

Last Sunday, human remains believed to be those of Petito were discovered in a remote area of the Grand Teton National Park. On Wednesday, September 22, an autopsy positively identified Petito's remains.


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