PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — New information in a case that’s drawn attention around the world. Tuesday’s announcement by the Teton County coroner, Wyoming, outlined how Gabby Petitio died. He also gave a timeline of when it occurred.
Petito was strangled to death, according to the autopsy conducted by Petito’s coroner. He believed that she died between three- and four weeks before her body was discovered.
Petito’s DNA was also taken by investigators, according to the coroner.
Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie were traveling cross-country right before she went missing. Petito was not reunited with Laundrie, who has been identified as a person of concern in the case.
On Sept. 19, her body was discovered in a remote Wyoming park. She was most likely killed between Aug. 22 – 29.
Laundrie hasn’t spoken to investigators, he’s been missing for over a month now, and there has been an extensive manhunt to try and find him.
Dave Aronberg, Palm Beach County State Attorney, stated that murder charges would be filed after Petito’s cause-of-death was announced Tuesday. But the question is, when?
Aronberg stated, “We are moving towards filing criminal charges. But prosecutors don’t rush to file them because once you file those accusations, you have speedy court rules and must try the case within 180 day.” “So, prosecutors will make sure they have enough evidence to file charges before they do.”
The Laundrie family did release this statement through their attorney shortly after the autopsy results were released, writing in part, “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. Brian is currently missing. We will pursue the fraud charges against him when he is found.