The final autopsy for Gabby Petito revealed her cause of death to be strangulation, was the victim of domestic violence, and had lain out in the wilderness for three to four weeks before being discovered, the coroner of Teton County said on Tuesday.
Dr. Brent Blue said during a press conference, "We find the cause of death to be strangulation and the manner is homicide."
Steven Bertolino, the attorney for Petito's fiance Brian Laundrie and his parents, released a statement immediately after the findings were revealed to the public:
Gabby Petito's death at such a young age is a tragedy. 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.
Although an exact time of death for Petito was not discovered, the range of time in which she was believed to have been murdered seems to fit with the current timeline in regards to the last times she was seen in public and her final conversations with family. She was last seen in public at a restaurant in Wyoming, and the last text message from her phone was sent to her mother on August 30th. He phone has never been found.