Gabby Petito, the American influencer who disappeared while traveling with her boyfriend, died of strangulation, according to the autopsy, authorities reported Tuesday.
"The cause of death is strangulation, in that way, it is homicide," said Dr. Brent Blue, at a press conference in Wyoming, where the body of the 22-year-old was found.
Dr. Blue specified that Petito's body should be exposed for three to four weeks. The young woman was on a road trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie until her family reported her missing on September 11.
Laundrie returned from the trip alone to his family's home in Florida. The FBI issued an arrest warrant, but the 23-year-old left his parents' home and is missing.
Dr. Blue refused to establish suspects, stressing that the autopsy only reveals the cause of death.
Petito's disappearance shocked the United States . The influencer, with more than a million followers on Instagram, portrayed idyllic images of the trip on her account, some of them with Laundrie. The couple came to be intercepted by officers on the road in the middle of an argument.