The body of 22-year-old Gabby Petito was found in September 2021, after she was strangled to death during a road trip with her fiancé.
But what was her cause of death, and what did her parents say about her passing?
What was Gabby Petito’s cause of death?
Gabby went missing in August 2021 during a “dream” road trip with fiancé Brian Laundrie.
But it turned into a nightmare, after she went missing and was later found strangled to death.
Laundrie was named as a “person of interest” in the case, but police said he was “hindering” their investigation by not cooperating with them.
Brian Laundrie later took his own life, and his remains were found alongside a note claiming responsibility for Gabby’s death.
Gabby’s parents are in a legal battle with Laundrie’s parents, alleging that they were aware their son had killed her before he died.
The Laundries have denied having any advance knowledge of Petito’s death.
On September 21, 2021, the Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that Petito had died as a result of a homicide.
The official autopsy report was released by Teton County on October 12, 2021, which revealed that Gabby’s cause of death was strangulation.
Dr Blue said decomposition suggested that Gabby’s body had been there for three to four weeks.
Where was Gabby Petito found?
On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced that a body had been found in the area where the search for Gabby had been taking place.
On September 21, 2021, it was confirmed that the body was identified as Gabby.
The remains were discovered in Grant Teton National Park, where Gabby and Brian had been camping before her disappearance.
What has Gabby Petito’s family said about her death?
Petito’s father Joseph posted a touching tribute to his daughter on Instagram after the FBI announced the body was believed to be her.
Joseph shared a photo of Gabby standing before a wall with painted wings, writing: “#gabbypetito she touched the world.”
Following the news that Gabby’s body had been found in September 2021, Gabby’s family said they believed she was given them “signs”.
Her stepdad Jim Schmidt said: “We don’t stop remembering Gabby and keeping her name out there.
Gabby’s mother Nicole Schmidt said she felt her daughter’s presence just the day before.
She said: “We actually got behind a car yesterday and there was a Wyoming sticker and the letters were GBZ. Gabs. She’s with us. She’s with us.”