Wyoming officials plan to announce Tuesday how they believe Gabby Petito, a passenger, was killed.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue is due to announce Petito’s autopsy results at an early afternoon news conference.
Petito, 22, was found September 19 near an undeveloped camping area in remote North Wyoming, near the border with Grand Teton National Park. Blue had previously classified Petito’s death as a homicide – meaning he was killed by someone else – but did not say how he was killed while awaiting further autopsy results.
Petito went on a cross country trip with her boyfriend. Her parents reported her missing on September 11 after she did not answer calls or texts for several days as the couple visited parks in the west.
Her boyfriend, Brian Laundry, is thought to be interested in her disappearance and is unknown.
Petito’s case has prompted people to pay more attention to the issues of missing local women and people of color, with some commentators calling the intense coverage of her disappearance “the missing white woman syndrome.” ۔
The search for laundry has created a frenzy, with TV personalities such as Dwayne Chapman – known as Dog the Bounty Hunter – and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh working to find out. ۔
Petito and Laundry posted online about their trip in a white Ford transit van that turned into a camper. They got into a physical altercation in Moab, Utah, on August 12, which led to a police standoff, culminating in the police deciding to separate the couple who had been arguing for the night. No charges were filed, and no serious injuries were reported.
Investigators searched the laundry in Florida and searched her parents’ home in Northport, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Sarasota.
Last month, federal officials in Wyoming accused Laundry of using a debit card unauthorized, using a Capital One bank card and someone’s personal identification number to withdraw illegal money or 1,000. Petito went missing during the allegations. He did not say whose card it was.