Fox News reported on Wednesday that the family of Gabby Petito has traveled to Wyoming to claim the remains of their daughter. According to the network, they plan to leave with her ashes this weekend.
That news comes as Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue gave a press conference in which he revealed that the results of Petito’s autopsy showed she had been strangled to death.
“We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be, the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” Blue said during the presser.
The coroner added that the murder victim’s body had apparently been in the wilderness for three weeks after she disappeared in Teton National Forest in August.
Autopsy seemed slow
Blue was asked by reporters why it had taken so long for Petito’s autopsy results to be released, and he attributed the wait to his office being “very exacting” in its work, and “the detail by which that examination was done.”
“We were waiting for various specialists to come in and help us with this investigation,” the coroner explained. “We were waiting on toxicology to be returned, and it was just a matter of making sure we had everything right.”
Petito was last seen with her fiancé Brian Laundrie. For his part, Laundrie is considered a person of interest in Petito’s death and has since gone missing himself after returning to Florida from Wyoming, sparking a massive manhunt.
Although he has not been charged for the murder of Petito, Fox News reported in September that a warrant has been issued for Laundrie’s arrest relating to fraud, with the FBI claiming that he used credit cards belonging to his deceased fiancé.
Former Georgia prosecutor and current Fox News host Nancy Grace suggested on Tuesday that Blue’s findings are consistent with a textbook case of domestic violence.
“I think that is very significant we are learning the cause of death, and the fact that it is a strangulation in my mind even more so implicates Brian Laundrie,” said during an episode of America Reports.
“It’s called a ‘sweetheart murder’,” Grace explained. “In other words, the perpetrator is close up and intimate with the victim. And we find that often in domestic homicides.”
Graced added: “It’s absolutely suggestive of a crime of passion. I had long suspected it would be either strangulation or supplication or blunt force trauma in a fit of rage.”