The autopsy results in the death of US woman Gabby Petito have been released, revealing the cause of death in her murder.
Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue announced on Wednesday that the 22-year-old died by strangulation.
He added she may have been dead for about three to four weeks before her body was found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest in September.
“Her body was outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks,” Blue said.
An exact time of death has not been determined and a death certificate has not been issued yet.
Blue declined to say whether her body had bruising or whether she had been buried or left above ground.
He said that Gabby was not pregnant at the time of her death.
Gabby’s remains are still in Wyoming and have not yet been returned to her family.
Her fiance Brian Laundrie, who remains missing, is the only person of interest in the case.
The couple spent the American summer travelling across the country’s western state, documenting their adventures on social media.
Timeline of Gabby’s disappearance
July 2: Gabby and Brian set out on their cross-country road trip.
August 12: Police were called to an incident between the couple while they were travelling through Moab, Utah. At the time, Gabby said Brian had grabbed her face and she had slapped him during an argument.
August 24: Gabby and her mother spoke over FaceTime. This was the last time they spoke over a call.
August 27: Gabby’s mother received an “odd text” from her that left her worried something was wrong.
September 1: Brian returned from the trip to his parent’s house in Florida, without Gabby.
September 6-8: The Laundrie family travelled to Fort De Soto Campground, about 120km from their home.
September 11: Gabby’s family reports her missing after not being able to get in touch with her.
September 17: Brian’s parents report him missing. They said they last saw him leaving the family home with a backpack on September 14. Brian left without his phone or wallet.
September 19: Gabby’s remains are found in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
September 22: The coroner determined the manner of Gabby’s death was murder.
October 13: The coroner rules her cause of death was strangulation.
Search continues for Brian
Police have been combing through a 25,000-hectare nature reserve in Florida in search of Brian.
There has been no sign of him in the reserve, but a hiker in North Carolina claims to have spoken to the 23-year-old last weekend.
Dennis Davis, 53, says he spoke to Brian on a deserted road near the Appalachian Trail.
The 53-year-old said the man, believed to be Laundrie, waved him down as he was driving on the road near the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
He added the man appeared lost and asked for directions to California using only back roads.
Davis said he did not immediately recognise the man but pulled over and looked up photos of him.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis said, the New York Post reported.
It’s understood Brian is familiar with the Appalachians, and lived there by himself for months, according to Petito’s best friend Rose Davis.
Before he disappeared, Florida police were surveilling Brian as best as they legally could.
At the time, he was not wanted for arrest and Gabby was still missing.
Brian has not been charged in Gabby’s death, but he is the subject of a federal arrest warrant for unauthorised use of another person’s debit card.
– with CNN