Crime Gabby Petito Died from Strangulation, Medical Examiner Says
Gabby Petito's Father Says His Late Daughter Is 'Already Saving Lives': 'So Many Stories'
Joe Petito said his late daughter has given others the courage to leave toxic relationships in an emotional message shared on social media Petito's finacé Brian Laundrie is now wanted in connection with Gabby's disappearance. The 23-year-old was initially identified as a person of interest, but refused to offer details to investigators about his fiancée's whereabouts. Laundrie has since gone missing, leading to a massive manhunt. Much of the search has been largely centered near his parents' home in North Port, Fla.
Gabby Petito died from strangulation, a medical examiner announced in a press conference Tuesday.
The full autopsy results come more than three weeks afterin Grand Teton National Park, ending a grueling search for the 22-year-old woman, whose mysterious disappearance during a road trip with her fiancé sparked nationwide conversation.
On Sept. 21, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue announced that Petito, but further findings about her cause of death were not initially disclosed.
Blue told members of the media on Tuesday that under Wyoming state law, he is unable to divulge many details of the autopsy. He declined to share whether Petito was manually strangled or if an item was used, however, he confirmed that her body was outside for three to four weeks.
Brian Laundrie's sister says she does not know where he is, and 'I'd turn him in'
The sister of Brian Laundrie has doubled down on her assertion she has no idea where he is, as authorities search for him after the death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito. © from ABC "No, I do not know where Brian is. ... I'd turn him in," Cassie Laundrie said in an exclusive interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that aired Tuesday. Cassie Laundrie said if she could talk to her brother, she would tell him to come forward. "I worry about him. I hope he's OK, and then I am angry and don't know what to think. ... I would tell my brother to just come forward and get us out of this horrible mess," she said.
He also added that Petito was not pregnant at the time that she died.
Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, had embarked on a cross-country journey in July, traveling from Florida to New York in their white Ford van, then heading west. Petitoon her YouTube channel and planned to start a blog about their new "vandwelling" lifestyle.
The couple's travels appeared to be going well until late August, when Petito's mother, Nicole Schmidt, stopped hearing from her while she was staying in Grand Teton National Park. More than two weeks after their last conversation, Schmidt learned that Laundrie had quietly returned to his parents' Florida home without her daughter.
Newly Abandoned Campsite Discovered in Florida Reserve as Father Joins Search for Brian Laundrie
"Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian," according to attorney Steven Bertolino An unnamed source with ties to the investigation told CNN about the discovery of traces of a campsite inside the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre nature preserve consisting primarily of swampy wetlands. The source did not say when the campsite was located, or whether authorities believe the site may have been used by Laundrie. The missing man has not been seen since Sept. 13, when he allegedly told his parents he was headed to the reserve to hike.
Petito wasn't reported missing until Sept. 11, 10 days after Laundrie allegedly arrived back in Florida. On Sept. 15, he wasin his fiancée's disappearance.
During the search for Petito, unnerving details emerged about her trip. In Moab, Utah, about two weeks before she was last heard from, dispatchersabout a domestic dispute involving Petito and Laundrie, in which the caller said "the gentleman was slapping the girl."
Police located the couple and pulled them over, and their interaction — which lasted for more than an hour — ended in the officers suggesting that the two spend a night apart to get some space from one another. They drove Laundrie to a hotel for the night. The whole incident was caught on body cam footage that has since been publicly released.
Watch Live: Gabby Petito Autopsy Result Press Conference
Authorities are set to reveal how Gabrielle "Gabby" Petito, 22, died. They previously announced the "initial determination" was homicide but did not reveal cause and manner of death. Meanwhile, police are still looking for her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, who cops say returned to Florida alone while she was missing. Investigators found Petito's remains in Teton County, Wyoming. The post Watch Live: Gabby Petito Autopsy Result Press Conference © Provided by Law & Crime Watch Live: Markeith Loyd Jury Selection in Lt.
Another twist entered the case on Sept. 17, when police obtained a search warrant for an external hard drive in the van Petito traveled in. The police affidavit requesting the warrant, which was obtained by PEOPLE, claims that— and it came days after their last verbal contact.
According to police, the message read: "Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls."
The affidavit states that Schmidt told investigators Stan is Petito's grandfather, but that she doesn't usually refer to him by his first name, leading Schmidt to believe that something was wrong with her daughter.
The day after Schmidt received the unusual text, Petito's phone was no longer operational, and she did not post anything on social media, authorities said in the search warrant affidavit, which was "not normal behavior for [Petito], and they became more worried about her."
Gabby Petito Was Strangled, Coroner Rules Almost One Month After Blogger's Body Found
Petito died about three to four weeks before her body was found, the coroner in Teton County, Wyoming, said."We find the cause to be death by strangulation and the manner is homicide," Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said during a press conference.
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For the first several days of Petito's missing person case, investigators say they tried unsuccessfully to speak with Laundrie and his parents. They were directed to the family's attorney, who had instructed his clients not to speak.
On Sept. 17, the Laundrie family spoke with the FBI for the first time — but instead of getting answers about Petito's disappearance, investigators say they were informed that, launching a second missing persons case to locate Petito's fiancé.
As of Tuesday, Laundrie has still not been located despite, where he is believed to have gone hiking on the day that he vanished.
Authorities have yet to name a suspect in Petito's disappearance and homicide.
Laundrie family hopes for answers after remains found .
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Family members were hoping for more answers from law enforcement regarding the cause of death for Brian Laudrie, who was a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple was on a cross-country road trip, an attorney said Friday. “I was informed by law enforcement yesterday that perhaps by mid-day today we’d have some more information," the Laundries' attorney Steve Bertolino told ABC's“I was informed by law enforcement yesterday that perhaps by mid-day today we’d have some more information," the Laundries' attorney Steve Bertolino told ABC's “Good Morning America" on Friday.