According to a Wyoming coroner, Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation, as the worldwide search for Gabby’s missing boyfriend is continued. On September 19, 2021, the remains of Petito were discovered at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Dr. Brent Blue of Teton County ruled it a homicide after his examination.
But the official cause of death for the 22-year-old wasn’t made public until Tuesday, although no additional information was provided.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were on a cross-country road trip chronicling their adventures on social media before he returned to his family home in North Port, Florida on Sept. 1, according to authorities.
On September 11, the woman’s family reported her missing, and Laundrie himself vanished soon afterward.
Laundry’s family informed authorities that he had gone hiking in the Carlton Reserve in Florida on September 14, never to be seen again. Law enforcement scoured the 25,000-acre wildlife refuge numerous times looking for him.
Since the Laundrie’s existence, there have been numerous reported sightings of it on both sides of the Atlantic.
Laundry has been identified as a “person of interest” in the case, but after authorities said he used her debit card without permission, they issued an arrest warrant for him.
In June, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Utah released 911 audio from a witness who claimed to have seen a guy slap a woman and then see a white Ford Transit van with a Florida tag depart.
On Aug. 12, police received a 911 call from Petito alerting them to the van’s location in Moab, Utah. Laundrie was driving the vehicle when it was stopped by cops, with Petito as a passenger.
The argument appeared to be a mental and emotional “break” for Petito, according to police, who wrote that he had slapped Laundrie. To avoid a domestic assault charge against him, the cops forced the couple to separate for the night.