Steven Bertolino, attorney for the Laundrie family, refused further classification of Brian Laundrie’s involvement in the death of Gabby Petito. 

Autopsy results released on Tuesday, Oct. 12, confirmed 22-year-old Gabby Petito died of strangulation from human intervention. 

While Bertolino shared condolences on her “tragic” fate, he said that her fiance, now missing for a month, could not be listed beyond a person of interest in the case.  

“While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” Bertolino said, according to CNN.

“At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”

The FBI issued an arrest warrant after finding the fugitive unlawfully used Petito’s bank card to purchase more than $1,000 worth of merchandise three days after she was last seen alive. 

Petito’s body was found in a Wyoming national park on Sept. 19, some days before Brian Laundrie went missing, allegedly as he headed for the Carlton Reserve on Sept. 13. He returned to Florida on Sept. 1 in her van but without her. 

Announcing the autopsy that concluded she died of “manual strangulation/throttling,” Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said they believed she was choked to death by a person.

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