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Joe Petito biography: 13 things about Gabby Petito’s father

Joseph “Joe” N. Petito is a resident of Florida, United States. He has two sons and a daughter named Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.

Joe is a huge sports fan. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Vero Beach, Florida. Aside from Vero Beach, he has lived in other parts of Florida including Naples and Port Orange. He has lived in different parts of New York, USA including Farmingville, Commack, Holtsville, Brentwood and Selden and in different parts of New Jersey, USA including Cliffside Park and Freehold. He also previously lived in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and in Portland, Texas, USA. (a)(b)
  2. He is married to Tara Petito. They have two sons together. Before marrying Tara, he was in a relationship with Nichole M. Durivou Schmidt, who gave birth to their daughter Gabby in 1999. Nichole later married James “Jim” Schmidt. (b)(c)(d)(e)
  3. In 2005, he and Tara visited Jamaica. (c)
  4. In 2010, he joined Time Warner Cable as a direct sales supervisor. (f)
  5. He took to Twitter on January 24, 2012 to pay tribute to football player and coach Joe Paterno, who died on January 22, 2012. In a tweet on July 31, 2012, he thanked Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White and said the UFC is a company that listens to what the fans want. He also took to Twitter on September 3, 2012 to pay tribute to actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died that day. (g)
  6. On May 5, 2014, he tweeted a photo of Gabby with Tara. He tweeted another photo of Gabby with a caption, “Stop getting older. I can’t stand ur growing up.” (g)
  7. On November 11, 2015, he and his children visited Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. On November 21, 2015, he took to Instagram to share a photo of one of his sons who just received orange belt in jiujitsu. (c)
  8. On April 19, 2016, he took to Instagram to share a photo of Gabby and his two sons. In the caption, he wrote, “My reasons for anything and everything.” On September 4, 2016, he took to Instagram to share a photo of himself with Gabby, his two sons and his sister Danielle Marie Petito. In December 2016, he and Tara took a sushi making class. (c)
  9. In 2019, Gabby moved to the family house of his boyfriend Brian Laundrie in North Port, Florida, USA where they lived with his parents Christopher John “Chris” Laundrie and Roberta Maria Vinci Laundrie. According to Nichole, Chris and Roberta treated Gabby like their own daughter. In July 2020, Gabby and Brian got engaged. (b)(d)(e)
  10. In June 2021, he and Tara moved from Selden to Vero Beach in part to be closer to her Gabby. On May 26, 2019, he took to Instagram to share a photo of him with Tara and Gabby. (c)(e)
  11. On July 2, 2021, Gabby and Brian started their cross-country trip. They travelled across the U.S. in a white 2012 Ford Transit van. While they were in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah on August 21, 2021, she contacted him via FaceTime and he placed an Uber Eats order for her because she did not have WiFi due to power outage. (b)(d)
  12. On September 11, 2021, Nichole reported Gabby missing to the Suffolk County Police Department. He was 42 years old when Gabby was found deceased on September 19, 2021 at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Teton County, Wyoming, USA. He took to Twitter to share a photo of Gabby. In the caption, he wrote, “she touched the world.” He was interviewed by Dr. Phil McGraw about Gabby’s disappearance. The interview was featured in the “Dr. Phil” episode that aired on September 20, 2021. (a)(b)(e)(g)(h)
  13. On March 10, 2022, he and Nichole filed a civil lawsuit seeking damages of at least $100,000 against Chris and Roberta. Brian allegedly killed Gabby on August 27, 2021 and told his parents about it on August 28, 2021. Chris and Roberta allegedly planned to help Brian leave the U.S. On November 17, 2022, Judge Hunter W. Carroll awarded him and Nichole $3 million in a lawsuit against Brian’s estate, which was estimated to be about $20,000. (i)(j)


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