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UPDATE: Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation, autopsy confirms

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 7:51 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 2:46 PM MDT
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JACKSON, Wyo. (KKTV) - A 22-year-old woman who disappeared on a cross-country road trip died from strangulation, and her remains were left outside for nearly a month before they were recovered, new autopsy results reveal.

What happened to Gabby Petito had been the subject of intense speculation since she was reported missing in September. After her remains were found in Grand Teton National Park, her death was ruled a homicide, but how she died was still unknown.

The Teton County, Wyoming coroner’s office is holding a news conference on the autopsy’s findings. Watch below:

The whereabouts of Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie -- the last known person to see Petito alive -- remains unknown. Laundrie returned from the trip without Petito, then vanished Sept. 13, two days after she was reported missing. Though law enforcement is still actively searching for him, authorities have acknowledged he has thus far disappeared without a trace, as no physical evidence has been found and no tips from the public have panned out.

Laundrie has not been charged in Petito’s case but is facing a warrant for alleged unauthorized use of a debit card during the time Petito went missing. If found, he will be taken into custody.

It’s not known yet if the autopsy’s findings will change Laundrie’s status from person of interest to suspect in the case.

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