Murdered US influencer Gabby Petito was strangled to death, the coroner who inspected her body has revealed.
The hit YouTuber, whose fiancé Brian Laundrie remains on the run and is the subject of a massive search effort, was killed at a remote national park in late August.
Her remains were found at Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on September 22, with authorities swiftly ruling her death a murder.
Paperwork yesterday revealed Gabby was tragically killed by "manual strangulation/throttling" by a human being, not an animal attack.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue told CNN it was "human force" which killed Gabby in the grisly murder.
Mr Blue told host Anderson Cooper: "Throttling means that someone was strangled by human force. There was no mechanical force involved.
"People can be strangled by other means. We have seen people on snowmobiles who run into a wire – that would be strangling by a mechanical event.
"But this was, we believe this was strangling by a human being."
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The coroner added there were no doubts about a human having killed Gabby because the intense strangulation she experienced required thumbs.
Mr Blue said: "Only humans have opposable thumbs.
"There is no evidence that this was done by any animal as far as the cause of death."
The body of Ms Petito, 22, was found three or four weeks after her murder.
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Mr Blue didn't give any clues about the investigation into Brian Laundrie, whether Gabby was buried or even where exactly in the national park she was found.
But he did make a telling remark by saying she was yet another one of many "people who are involved in domestic violence," saying others deserved the mass media attention earned by Gabby too.
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Brian Laundrie vanished on September 11 after refusing to cooperate with cops investigating Gabby's whereabouts.
He returned from the road-trip to his family home in Florida alone and declined to talk to anyone about the holiday or Gabby.
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