KEY POINTS

  • Dr. Brent Blue had ruled the death a homicide
  • However, a full forensic identification was pending
  • An expert said the coroner might also reveal the results of a toxicology report

The coroner of Teton County, Wyoming, will hold a virtual press conference Tuesday to provide an update on the final autopsy report of Gabby Petito, the YouTuber who was found murdered last month at a campground in the state.

The press conference will be held at 2.30 p.m. ET through Zoom and is limited to members of the press, said a Teton County spokesperson, reported WFLA.

Petito's remains were found by the FBI on Sept. 19 at a dispersed campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had identified the remains and ruled the death a homicide. However, a full forensic identification was pending. 

The final autopsy report is likely to include Petito's time and cause of death.

Salt Lake City-based private investigator Jason Jenson, who had visited the campground in Wyoming, told Fox News that the coroner might also reveal the results of post-mortem toxicology, which detects the presence of drugs in a person's body. The investigator believes Petito was not using any drugs at the time of her death.

He added that the cause of death might be asphyxiation. Before her death, Petito had reportedly told Utah Police that her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, grabbed her face during a domestic dispute.

"I wouldn't be surprised that it's manual strangulation. I wouldn't be surprised if he's choked her before. Any victim that's been choked before — their natural reaction is to lower their chin to their clavicle to prevent that hand from going around their throat," Jenson told Fox News. 

Meanwhile, Dog the bounty hunter, who joined the manhunt for Laundrie, is now heading back to Colorado after suffering an ankle injury.

The TV personality, whose original name is Duane Lee Chapman, has put together a team to look for Laundrie, the only person of interest in connection with Petito's death.

The death of the YouTuber and the subsequent disappearance of her boyfriend have captured national attention and received extensive media coverage.

Chapman's daughter, Lyssa, on Monday, said she's been instructed not to share "active information" about the search. 

"Hi guys, I was locked out of Twitter due to account security. Just got back in. A lot of people asking about my last tweet with big news," she tweeted. "I've been asked to not share active information due to the large amount of media surrounding the case."

gabby petito Gabby Petito was last seen on Aug. 24. Photo: Suffolk County Police Department