- The makeshift memorial was spotted Monday evening just east of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
- Police markers were also spotted in the area, where authorities found a body that could be Petito’s Sunday
- An autopsy is set for Tuesday to confirm if the body is hers and to determine the cause of death
- Petito’s hard drive is now the subject of intense scrutiny from police after her body was found
- The 22-year-old set out on a road trip earlier in the summer, and was last seen alive in Utah on August 24
- Boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, 23, returned to Florida on September 1 and was at his parents house in North Port
- Petito’s computer was in her white Ford Transit van that was taken away by police on September 11
- Laundrie’s parents have reported him missing, saying they have not seen him since September 14
A cross made of rocks has been found in the location where Gabby Petito’s body was found.
What appears to be a makeshift memorial was found in the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, after investigators left the scene. It is not known at this time who placed it there.
Determining how Gabby Petito died
With Petito’s autopsy due to be completed today, forensic science plays a key role in identifying the body and determining how she died.
Erik Hall, director of SLU’s Forensic Science Program, told Fox2Now that authorities will be looking at DNA and performing toxicology reports to work out the cause of death.
“The body is the best piece of evidence they have. You can potentially pull DNA off of the body, is there clothing there, could the clothing be looked at for trace amounts of DNA?
“They still may be combing through the area looking for evidence sort of tracing the steps of where they think the body may have come into the area,” he said.