A Wyoming medical examiner said on Tuesday that Gabby Petito died of strangulation about three to four weeks before her body was found.
The latest development in the story that made national headlines comes as law enforcement officials continue to scour a Florida natural preserve for any signs of Brian Laundrie, the man who was on a cross country trip with Petito when she disappeared.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue reported his findings in a virtual media briefing.
“After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito. We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” said Blue.
Authorities had previously revealed that the manner of death in Petito’s demise had been determined to be homicide.