GABBY PETITO: Her remains in WY released for cremation, parents will bring ashes home

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – The manhunt for Brian Laundrie continued Wednesday, as Gabby Petito's parents traveled to Wyoming to recover her remains, which have been released.

Here’s the latest:

4:30 p.m, Oct. 13: CORONER RELEASES REMAINS FOR CREMATION

Gabby Petito’s remains have been released to a local mortuary, according to the Teton County coroner.

Petito will be cremated, according to WPBF’s Jossie Carbonare.

Petito’s parents have traveled to Wyoming, and her father confirmed they will bring her ashes home with them.

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12:30 p.m., Oct. 13: GABBY PETITO’S FAMILY HEADS TO WYOMING TO RECOVER HER REMAINS

Gabby Petito’s parents headed to Wyoming on Wednesday to be reunited with her remains.

Mom Nichole Schmidt, stepdad Jim Schmidt, dad Joseph Petito and stepmom Tara Petito plan to return from Wyoming this weekend with her ashes, according to Fox News.

Their trip comes a day after Teton County coroner Brent Blue announced that Petito was killed by strangulation three to four weeks before her remains were found on Sept. 19 in a camping area of Bridger-Teton National Forest.

During a press conference, Blue said Petito’s remains were returned to a mortuary in the Jackson, Wyoming, area and that the mortuary was working with her family “as far as the disposition of the remains.”

While in Wyoming, Petito’s parents also plan to meet with law enforcement for an update on the case.

Petito/Schmidt family attorney Richard Stafford said Tuesday that her family was “not making any statements until they bring Gabby Home.”

9:20 a.m., Oct. 13: BRIAN LAUNDRIE MISSING FOR A MONTH

Brian Laundrie has now been missing for a month.

His parents say they last saw him on Sept. 13 after he left their North Port, Florida, home to go hiking.

Law enforcement has been searching for Laundrie at the nearby Carlton Reserve since he was reported missing by his parents on Sept. 17.

Laundrie returned to Florida in Gabby Petito’s converted Ford Transit van on Sept. 1 without her. She was reported missing in New York on Sept. 11, a little over a week before her remains were found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on Sept. 19.

Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito's death. There's also a warrant out for his arrest in connection with a federal fraud charge.

9 a.m., Oct. 13: CHRIS LAUNDRIE MOWS THE LAWN AFTER EARLY MORNING VISIT TO GAS STATIONS

Brian Laundrie’s father, Chris, was spotted visiting two gas stations in the North Port, Florida, area early Wednesday morning to pick up gas and groceries.

Video from Fox News shows him putting on a mask and entering one gas station store, where he picked up juice and milk.

It appeared he used some of that gas for his lawnmower, as he was seen mowing his lawn at sunrise for the first time in weeks.

Chris ignored questions from reporters both at the gas stations and as he cut the grass, including the question of whether his son had a history of violence.

8 a.m., Oct. 13: WYOMING CORONER SAYS GABBY PETITO WAS ‘STRANGLED BY HUMAN FORCE’

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue gave more details about the findings of an autopsy of Gabby Petito while speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night.

While the cause of Petito’s death was listed as “manual strangulation/throttling,” Blue went further into the findings, telling Cooper, “Throttling means that someone was strangled by human force, there was no mechanical force involved.”

“People can be strangled by other means,” he added. “Like we have seen people on snow mobiles who run into a wire. That would be strangling by a mechanical event. But we believe this is strangling by a human being.”

“How do you determine it’s a human being?” Cooper asked.

“Well mainly because only humans have opposable thumbs,” Blue said. “There was no evidence that this was done by any kind of animal as far as the cause of death.”

Asked if he had additional information he couldn’t share, Blue said, “There’s more information, but because it’s an ongoing investigation that information’s not going to be released. Plus, under the state statutes in Wyoming, the only thing that the coroner is responsible for releasing is the identification of the body and the manner and cause of death.”

“There are reasons why, for instance, in our investigation we called this a homicide first and then the cause of death later, and that had a lot to do with certain circumstances and factors that we observed and found in our investigation,” Blue said.

Cooper also asked Blue about comments he made during his Tuesday afternoon press conference in which he suggested Petito’s death may be linked to domestic violence.

Asked at the press conference about his experience with such a high-profile case, Blue said, “Unfortunately, this is only one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence, and it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”

That comment caused a stir online, with people wondering if Blue was linking a domestic dispute between Petito and fiancé Brian Laundrie in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12 with her death later that month.

“Is that an assumption or is that something you’re saying based on something you learned?” Cooper asked.

“That’s an assumption, that was strictly an assumption,” Blue said.

4 p.m., Oct. 12: LAUNDRIE ATTORNEY ISSUES STATEMENT, PETITO'S MOM RESPONDS

Steve Bertolino, Brian Laundrie’s attorney, issued a statement just after Gabby Petito's cause of death was announced -- and Petito's mother isn't having any of it.

“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise,” said Bertolino.

“At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located, we will address the pending fraud charge against him,” he continued.

Petito's mother Nichole Schmidt didn't mince words in responding to the statement, saying, "His words are garbage. Keep talking."