Autopsy confirms murder of Gabby Petito

Jeongho Koh, Science & Tech Co-Editor

On Sept. 21, an autopsy confirmed that the human remains found in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Teton County, Wyoming were those of Gabby Petito. The death was ruled a homicide by strangulation.

Ten days prior to the confirmation, Petito’s parents reported the 22-year-old missing after she and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, went on a car ride to visit American national parks throughout the country. 

Petito’s parents regularly kept contact with their daughter during the trip, but Petito stopped responding after Aug. 30. Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, told police the last time she communicated with them was with a text reading “no service in Yosemite.”

Authorities placed Petito’s fiancé as “a person of interest” and started their search for him. After a month since Petito’s death, human remains were found in a Florida nature park along with Laundrie’s items.

The FBI has identified the human remains as Brian Laundrie on Oct. 20. The manhunt for Gabby Petito’s fiance came to a close after the announcement of his death.

Last updated Oct. 22