It was announced by the Wyoming coroner on Tuesday, Oct. 12, that Gabby Petito, the fiance of missing man Brian Laundrie, had been strangled to death.
Petito, it was determined, had died three to four weeks before her body was discovered on September 19 near a rough bush campsite on the border of Grand Teton National Park in a remote area of northern Wyoming, reports AP News.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue spoke to reporters at a news conference and was reserved in his comments owing to laws in the county that prevented him from speaking too much about the autopsy.
“We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be, the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” Blue said. “By Wyoming state statute, no other information will be released about the autopsy.”
Blue did disclose, however, that Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.
Petito had been traveling cross-country with her fiance Brian Laundrie in their van and had been responding to texts and messages with her parents, who reported her missing on Sept. 11 when they hadn’t heard from her for several days.
Brian Laundrie is on the run, and a warrant is out for his arrest for alleged bank card fraud.
He hasn’t been seen since Sept. 13 and is the only person of interest in connection with Petito’s death.