Gabby Petito’s Instagram account briefly goes dark

Missing Long Island native Gabby Petito‘s Instagram account briefly went dark on Wednesday — sending her family scrambling for answers before it was revealed that it was yanked offline in error.

Petito’s account — which had documented her cross-country trip with boyfriend Brian Laundrie before she went missing in late August — deactivated by mistake for at least an hour Wednesday morning.

“No matter what, it should be up,” her father, Joe Petito, told The Post.

“People need to see those Instagrams as a source of information. People need to see her face.”

Petito said he had spent the morning trying to find out what — or who — was behind the deactivation.

He said they’re now trying to find out what — or who — was behind the deactivation.

“I just spoke to the FBI. It wasn’t them. They were speaking to other law enforcement agencies but to be honest to you, it doesn’t make sense [to deactivate it] from an investigation standpoint,” he said.

A rep for Facebook, which owns Instagram, later confirmed that the account had been removed in error and reinstated.

A rep for Instagram didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Brian Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the Gabby Petito’s disappearance.
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Gabby Petito was reported missing on Saturday September 12 after losing contact with her family during a cross-country trip with Brian Laundrie.
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Gabby, 22, who is from Blue Point, New York, was reported missing Saturday after she lost contact with her family on a cross-country tour out west of national parks.

Throughout her travels, Gabby shared on social media snippets of her life on the road in a van, which she and Laundrie had converted into a camper.

She was last known to be at Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park in late August, while Laundrie has returned home to Florida and refused to talk to authorities.

Gabby Petito's stepfather, James Schmidt has traveled to Wyoming to join search efforts.
Gabby Petito’s stepfather, James Schmidt has traveled to Wyoming to join search efforts.
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Gabby Petito seen in one of her Instagram posts.
Gabby Petito seen in one of her Instagram posts.
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“This is an extremely difficult time for both the Petito family and the Laundrie family. I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming,” Laundrie said in a statement through his lawyer, ABC News reported.

“On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family. On the advice of counsel, the Laundrie family is remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

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