Jackson, Wyoming (AP).- On Tuesday, the Wyoming state coroner reported that Gabby Petito, a cross-country traveler from Wyoming had been strangled and killed.
Brent Blue, Teton County coroner, said that Pettitto (22) was in an undeveloped camping site near the northern border of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19, Died 3 to 4 weeks before the body was discovered.
It is not clear whether this decision will result in additional charges against Petito’s boyfriend and travel partner Brian Laundrie, who is believed to be related to her disappearance and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.
Blue refused to divulge more information about the autopsy and the whole case. He claimed that Wyoming law restricts what the coroner can publish, which he was prevented from doing so.
Petitto went cross-country with her boyfriend. She was reported missing by her parents on September 11th, after she failed to receive a text or phone call for several days.
Blue previously categorized Petito’s murder as homicide. This means that Petito died from an accident. However, Blue did not disclose the circumstances of her death and was still waiting for further autopsy results.
Petitto’s case once again called for more attention to cases involving missing indigenous women and other people of color. Commentators referred to the “missing white woman syndrome” as the large number reported about Petitto’s disappearance.
The frenzy started with TV personality Duanechapman (known for his bounty hunting dog), and John Walsh, the long-time host of America’s Most Wanted. It was a difficult task to locate him.
Petito and Laundrie posted about their trip in a Ford Transit van, which was later converted into a campervan. The police stopped them after they had a physical altercation in Moab, Utah, on August 12. The police finally decided to seperate the quarreling couple over the night. There were no allegations made, and there were no reports of serious injuries.
Investigators searched Florida’s laundry shops and searched North Harbor, 35 miles (56km) south from Sarasota.
Federal officials in Wyoming last month accused Laundrie of unauthorized use of a debit card, accusing him of using a Capital One bank card and someone’s personal ID number during Petito’s disappearance to withdraw money without authorization or to charge more than $1,000. They did not specify who this card belonged.
The FBI has led a team of searchers in Florida to find laundry materials within the vast nature reserve. Several weeks of searches were carried out in the Carlton Reserve, Sarasota’s southern marshes. (Laundrie’s parents claimed he went there after returning from the west), but nothing was found.
Steve Bertolino, Laundrie’s family lawyer, said in an email to Laundrie that the search process was “nothing but normal.”