Gabby Petito died by strangulation

A medical examiner has released the cause of death for Gabby Petito, saying she died by strangulation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Wyoming coroner has released the cause of death for Gabby Petito. The examiner said the 22-year-old travel blogger died by strangulation.

Petitio was recovered in September in a national park. Her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, has been named as a person on interest in her death and is the subject of a massive nationwide search being directed by the FBI.

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue told reporters Petito’s manner of death was homicide.

Her body was discovered on Sept. 19 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Jackson.

Blue’s announcement comes amidst a nationwide search the FBI is leading for Laundrie, who drew suspicion after returning to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home on Sept. 1 without Petito but driving her van, authorities said.

Laundrie’s parents told police they last saw their son on Sept. 13, two days after Petito’s parents, who live in Long Island, New York, reported her missing. Laundrie’s parents told investigators their son may have been headed to the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre wildlife preserve near their home.

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