“The cause of death is strangulation and it is homicide,” said Dr. Brent Blue, of Teton County in the state of Wyoming (northwest) where the body of the young woman of 22-year-old was found on September 19.
She was killed three to four weeks before her body was found near Grand Teton National Park, he added without giving further details of the autopsy.
Her ex-boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is actively wanted by the authorities but remains untraceable. Described as “person of interest in the investigation”, he was charged with fraudulent use of a bank card.
The couple had left New York in July for a trip in a converted van that was supposed to last four months and whose stages, in the awe-inspiring settings of the national parks of the American West, were regularly shared on Instagram and YouTube, through photos and videos.
But on September 1, Brian Laundrie returned home alone with the van to their Florida home.
On September 11, Gabrielle Petito’s family reported her disappearance, saying they had not heard from her since the end of August.