Wyoming confirmed stated that the cause of the death of Gabby Petito, 22, was strangulation.
The only person of interest in the homicide, Gabby's fiance, Brian Laundrie, 23, is still missing after fleeing his home precisely four weeks ago.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue Speaks To The Press
Dr. Brent Blue held a press conference, but he did not reveal much about the tragic ending of the young woman's life.
He confirmed that she died from strangulation and that Gabby's death happened 3 - 4 weeks before her body was discovered on September 18 in Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest. Dr. Brent also said that the FBI was involved in a "detailed investigation" in the autopsy of the travel blogger.
"We hereby find the cause of death by strangulation and manner is homicide."
"Nothing is obvious in a situation like this, so the detailed analysis was used both to determine manner and cause of death.
The investigation included a full-body computed tomography scan and examinations by a forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist.
Gabby Petito's Body Was In The Wilderness For Weeks
Dr. Blue did not say when exactly Gabby Petito was killed.
He did confirm that her body was exposed in the wilderness for 3 to 4 weeks, putting the time of death at late August.
The coroner said that he was not allowed to release information about whether the body was buried. He did not want to comment on whether Gabby Petito was killed in the area where it was found or placed there after her death.
Gabby Petito was not pregnant, as online communities suggested.
Blue said the case has been "quite the media circus and continues to be."
The coroner did not want to go into details, nor was he allowed, and did not say if the body of Gabby Petito had bruising or any kind of marks. He also did not want to reveal whether it was an accidental death or not.
Laundrie's Lawyer Issued A Statement
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito started their traveling adventures in July. Her family reported her missing on September 11, and her body was found a week later.
Laundrie went home on September 1 but soon decided to hide from the authorities, despite being a person of interest, not a suspect.
The toxicology report, the exact date of death, and other details might never be available to the public.
Brian has not been charged with Gabby's death, but he is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for unauthorized use of another person's debit card.
Petito's family all but confirmed that the warrant is connected to Gabby's credit cards.
As soon as it was confirmed that Gabby Petito died of strangulation, Steven Bertolino released the following statement to the media:
"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 fraud charge pending against him."
This is an open case. Updates will be posted in a timely matter.