Crime Gabby Petito Was Strangled, Coroner Rules Almost One Month After Blogger's Body Found
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, the Teton County, Wyoming, coroner said Tuesday.
"We find the cause to be death by strangulation and the manner is homicide," Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said during a press conference.
Blue also said his office estimates that Petito died three to four weeks before her body was found. On September 21, Blue confirmed that a body found near Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park was Petito's. Petito's body was first found by investigators on September 19.
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.
"Coroner Blue's initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results," thein Denver said in a September 21 tweet.
Petito, 22, disappeared while on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, 23.previously said they believed her last known location was in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.
On September 1, Laundrie drove back to his parents' home in North Port, Florida, in the 2012Transit van the couple was traveling in. The North Port Police Department said Laundrie refused to speak with them about the matter and has named him a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
On September 17, Laundrie's parents informed the North Port police that they had not seen their son for several days, which prompted a search for him. Laundrie's parents have told police that the last time they saw him was on September 13, and that they believed he went on a hike to Florida's Carlton Reserve.
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.
A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Laundrie by a U.S. District Court in Wyoming, accusing him of credit card fraud. In a statement announcing the warrant, the FBI in Denver did not explicitly say that Laundrie used Petito's cards. But Petito's family attorney recently accused him of stealing Gabby's credit card, saying he used it "to get home and then ran from the police."
The FBI in Denver said: "While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito's homicide."
Before Petito was confirmed deceased, she and Laundrie were stopped by officers with the Moab, Utah, Police Department after authorities received reports of an "altercation" between the two. No charges were filed.
Since Laundrie's disappearance, law enforcement officials have continued to search the Carlton Reserve. Despite combing through the area for nearly a month, the North Port police recently said that they have not found any evidence connected to Laundrie inside the reserve.
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.
Laundrie's father, Chris, recently joined the search for his son after he was asked by police to "show them the trails and places Chris and Brian have hiked and which Brian was known to frequent," according to Steven Bertolino, the Laundrie family's attorney.
"There were no discoveries, but the effort was helpful to all," Bertolino previously said in a statement.
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.