‘Anyone responsible for or complicit in her death will be held accountable for their actions.’
After an autopsy lasting several hours, and in which a forensic pathologist assisted the examination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the remains found on Sunday, were those of the missing 22-year-old.
It said the initial determination by Teton Country coroner Brent Blue, was that “the manner of death is homicide”.
In essence, that means that she was killed by another person.
The FBI added that the official cause of death, would be announced pending final autopsy results.
The brief message, posted on Twitter by the FBI, referred to Ms Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Blanchisserie, who returned home safely but alone to Florida, as “a person of interest”.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said the agency was determined to ensure anyone “responsible for, or complicit in her death” would he “held accountable” for their actions.
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As it was, there have been no sign of Mr Laundrie since last Tuesday, according to his family, and police have also been looking for him.
On Tueday, police in North Port, Floride, said investigators had returned to the Carlton Reserve to look for the 23-year-old Mr Laundrie.
The Associated Press said teams searched the 24,000-acre Florida nature preserve over the weekend without success.
They focused on the area after Mr Laundrie’s parents told police he may have gone there.
In their full statement, the FBI said while the spread creek campsite, where Ms Petito’s body had been found had been reopened to the public, agents wanted to hear from campers of other members of the public
In their full statement, the FBI said while the spread creek campsite, where Ms Petito’s body had been found had been reopened to the public, agents wanted to hear from campers of other members of the public who had visited between Aug 27-30.
It is known that the white Ford Transit van used by the couple had been parked there on Aug 27th as it was videoed by another traveling family, Brian and Jenn and Bethune, qui a transformé un 1983 sliver eagle bus, et publier des mises à jour vidéo sur leur page Red White & Béthune, qui est sous-titré « Montrer l'Amérique à travers notre objectif ».
pendant ce temps, earlier on Tuesday, as the campsite was reopened, journalists stumbled across a makeshift cross made of pebbles, in a river bed close to where Ms Petito’s body was found.
It it not known whether it was created by a member of the search team, or a member of the public. There has also been speculation it could have been created by Mr Laundrie.