Gabby was found dead in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming on September 21. Authorities had previously named Brian a person of interest, not a suspect, in the investigation.
On October 12, the Teton County Coroner’s Office announced that she had died of a strangulation, adding that her death was estimated to be three to four weeks before her body was found.
“We just hope that through our tragedy of losing Gabby, that in the future something good will come out of it, that we can help other people who might be in a similar situation,” the stepfather by Gabby, Jim schmidt, told reporters at a press conference during his memorial service on September 26. “We need positive things to get through this tragedy that has happened. We cannot let his name be taken in vain. We need positive things.”
On September 11, the YouTuber was first reported missing by her parents, nearly a week and a half after her fiance returned to Florida alone after their trip across the country together. Additionally, police said Brian’s family said they had not seen him since September 14. She also reported her missing. However, Brian had not spoken to law enforcement before his disappearance.
A week after his disappearance, police issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian. In the document obtained by E! News, he was charged with using an unauthorized debit card and bank account between August 30 and September 1.