Gabby Petito was strangled to dying, a US coroner has introduced, following a autopsy examination of her physique.
Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue instructed a information convention: “Within the method of dying in Gabrielle Venora Petito, we discover the reason for dying the trigger is by strangulation and the way is murder.”
Ms Petito, 22, was discovered lifeless in Wyoming on 19 September – per week after her mother and father reported her lacking – and the case has made headlines throughout America.
Dr Blue mentioned the extent of decomposition of the physique recommended she died three to 4 weeks earlier than her physique was found.
Ms Petito’s household had been notified of the outcomes of the medical examination forward of the information briefing.
There’s a big effort to trace down the prime suspect in her dying, her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Dr Blue mentioned he couldn’t touch upon who dedicated the homicide, as this was “as much as legislation enforcement”. It’s not but clear if the brand new reason behind dying would possibly result in extra fees towards Mr Laundrie, who stays unaccounted for.
DNA proof was taken from Ms Petito’s physique however the coroner didn’t make clear who it belonged to. Dr Blue declined to remark additional on the post-mortem, citing Wyoming legislation that limits what coroners can launch.
The couple had been visiting nationwide parks within the western US in a Ford transit van and documenting the journey on social media.
Police bodycam confirmed them being pulled over in Utah in August after they received in an altercation, with the officer separating the couple for the night time.
Ms Petito’s physique was finally present in an undeveloped tenting space surrounded by woodlands and brush, about 30 miles (48km) northeast of Jackson, Wyoming.
TV personalities together with Duane Chapman – generally known as Canine the Bounty Hunter – and America’s Most Wished host John Walsh have began their very own searches for Laundrie.
Earlier this month police launched new bodycam video through which Ms Petito tells officers that, whereas her boyfriend had hit her, she had hit him first.
The case has led to renewed requires folks to pay better consideration to instances involving lacking Indigenous ladies and different folks of shade, with some commentators describing the extraordinary protection of her disappearance as “lacking white girl syndrome.”
Federal officers in Wyoming final month charged Laundrie with unauthorized use of a debit card, claiming he used a Capital One financial institution card and somebody’s private identification quantity to make unauthorized withdrawals or fees value greater than $1,000 through the interval through which Petito went lacking