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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's cause of death was strangulation, a Wyoming coroner said Tuesday, as the nationwide manhunt persisted for the Long Island woman's missing fiancé.
Petito's remains wereat the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had previously ruled it .
But the 22-year-old's official cause of death wasn't disclosed until Tuesday, though Blue cited state law in limiting the amount of information he could share.
"Our initial determination is the body was in the wilderness for three to four weeks" before she was found, Blue told reporters, which would place her time of death in mid to late August.
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.
Throughout his meeting with reporters, Blue sidestepped questions about who could have been responsible for the woman’s death. But the coroner did appear to imply that Petito was a victim of domestic violence.
“This is only one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence and it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one," Blue said.
Steven Bertolino, an attorney or Laundrie's family, reiterated that Brian Laundrie is not a suspect in Petito's disappearance or death.
“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy," Bertolino, said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
"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. At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him."
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 and Laundrie were on a cross-country road trip,, before he returned to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, arriving there on Sept. 1 without his fiancée, .
The woman's family reported her missing on Sept. 11 and Laundrie himself soon vanished as well.
Laundrie’s family told investigators he had. Law enforcement looking for him.
There have been numerousup and down the East Coast since.
Police have thus far only called Laundrie a "person of interest" in their investigation into Petito's disappearance, but there is an arrest warrant out for him after authorities said hewithout permission.
Also last month,in Utah released 911 audio from a witness who said he saw a man slap a woman and then saw a white Ford Transit van bearing a Florida license plate drive away.
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.
The 911 call led Moab police to stop the van — driven by Laundrie, with Petito as a passenger — on Aug. 12.
The incident appeared to be a mental and emotional "break," police said, writing that Petito had slapped Laundrie. They forced the couple to separate for the night to avoid a case of domestic assault against Petito.
The intense focus on Petito's disappearanceabout the lack of comparable news coverage of .
The disparity in national attention has been particularly infuriating, where scores of have gone missing with little or no news coverage.
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Human Remains Found in Florida Park Belong to Brian Laundrie, FBI Confirms .
Partial remains belonging to Gabby Petito's fiancé were located in North Port, Florida, Wednesday following a 32-day searchMedical examiners used a comparison of dental records to positively identify the remains, the FBI's Denver Division wrote in a press release on Thursday.