Gabby Petito’s body was found last month near a couple visited a U.S. national park in Wyoming. The media reports that she was dead for several weeks at the time.
The girl’s fiancée Brian Laundrie is the only suspect in this internationally acclaimed case, but he is also missing and wanted.
Influencer became famous for her nomadic lifestyle and shared moments from trips around American national parks on social media. But the girl’s disappearance has also sparked a heated debate about how much media attention is paid to white women compared to other races.
On Tuesday, coroner Brent Blue told a news conference that the remains of G. Petito had been found in one camp site with signs of strangulation. The body spent “three to four weeks” outside and was found on Sept. 20, he said.
The expert could not answer whether any tool was used to kill the girl, nor did he disclose the results of the toxicological study. However, Blue informed that Petito was not pregnant at the time of his death. In the past, followers on social media have discussed that the fiancée may have killed her due to an unwanted pregnancy.
“Unfortunately, this is just one of many deaths related to domestic violence, and I am very sorry that those other deaths have not received so much attention,” he said, adding that there was a real “media circus” going on right now.
The disappearance of the blogger has attracted the attention of self-taught detectives around the world, from TV personalities to TikTok users.
In July, Petito left his home in New York to travel around the country with his fiancée. The couple shared travel moments on social networks. On September 1, Laundrie returned home to Florida alone, driving a pair of white vans. He did not inform G. Petito’s family or the police about his return.
A few weeks earlier, on Aug. 12, South Utah police were called in for a possible case of violence involving the couple.
Petito’s family reported the girl’s disappearance to officials on September 11.
Laundrie, who is currently the only suspect in the case, disappeared on Sept. 14 when he went for a walk, his parents say.