More than three weeks after the discovery of the body of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, after her disappearance since last September 11, the authorities of a Wyoming county reported this Tuesday that the cause of death of the 22-year-old was strangulation .
This was confirmed by Dr. Brent Blue, Teton County Colonel. He added that the homicide occurred three to four weeks before the body was found.
Petito’s disappearance took on great relevance a little over a month ago for being well known on social networks. In fact, the young woman dedicated her last weeks to documenting the trip that began in summer around the United States with her partner, Brian Laundrie, whose whereabouts are unknown.RELATED
According to the colonel, Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death. The possible causes that they evaluated during the autopsy process were homicide, suicide, accident or natural death.
Petito’s body was found on September 19 in the state of Wyoming, a short distance from where she was last seen. Two days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that his death was a homicide, according to the preliminary findings of the autopsy.
“The Teton County Medical Examiner, Dr. Brent Blue, confirmed that the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth on March 19, 1999. The initial determination of the coroner Blue on the manner of death is homicide.” the FBI said.
Petito’s parents were the first to alert the authorities to her disappearance on September 11, after losing communication with her since the end of August. Laundrie, 23, did not provide details of his girlfriend’s whereabouts when he returned from the trip on Sept. 1.
In July, Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went out on a tour of national parks in the western United States. The couple met in their high school years on Long Island, New York. (Instagram)
The 22-year-old had a wide presence on social media, where she used to share images and videos of her trip around the country with her boyfriend. In their profiles, everything seemed to be going great. (Instagram)
In the description of his Instagram account, where Petito had more than 778,000 followers, he wrote: “Traveling the world in our little van.” His last post was on August 25. The latest video on YouTube is dated August 19. (Instagram)
However, on September 1, Laundrie returned to her parents’ house with the young woman’s van, but without giving details of her whereabouts. (Capture)
Petito’s family reported her missing on September 11, after losing communication with her since August 30, when she texted them: “There is no service in Yosemite.” However, the FBI believes that the young woman did not send this message. (Supplied)
Police identified 23-year-old Laundrie as a person of interest in the case on Sept. 15. However, his parents said they had not known of his whereabouts since the previous day. (Instagram)
Then, on September 16, authorities released a video showing police officers intervening with the couple on August 12, while they were having an argument near the entrance to Arches National Park in Utah. (The Associated Press)
On September 19, authorities found a body in a camping area near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Two days later, forensic personnel confirmed that the body belonged to Petito and that his death was a homicide. (The Associated Press)
Police have been searching for Laundrie since Sept. 18 on a reservation in Florida, where his parents alleged he might be. Two days later, agents raided the residence of the young man’s parents. (Instagram)
On September 22, a special team of divers joined the search for the young man in a swampy area of the “T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve, ”also known as the Carlton Reserve (North Port Police Department (via AP))
The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie on Sept. 23 after a grand jury found cause in the death of her partner. (Instagram)
Petito and Laundrie left together in a van last July, on a tour of the national parks of the western United States. Only one returned.
Federal authorities continue to search for Laundrie, who refused from the beginning to assist in the search for Petito. He hired an attorney and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and not speak to the police. The young man reportedly left his home on September 14 and, since then, his whereabouts have been unknown.
Family and friends of Petito said their last goodbye to the young woman on September 26 at a funeral home in Holbrook, a community east of New York City. On the other side of the street, a fence was adorned with images of Petito and messages with phrases such as: “It touched the world.”