Dr. Brent Blue, the county coroner in Teton County, confirmed on Tuesday that Gabby Petito had died of strangulation weeks before her body was discovered.
According to the coroner’s findings, Gabby Petito died as a result of “manual strangulation and strangling.” MM News got the report.
According to Blue, the interval between when she died and when her body was discovered is approximately 3-4 weeks.
According to Blue, he was restricted from disclosing more about the autopsy or the case in general by Wyoming law, which places restrictions on what coroners can say.
While speaking about Petito’s death, he said it was “only one of many domestic violence-related tragedies around the country.”
There was no word on whether Petito’s boyfriend and traveling companion, Brian Laundrie, who is a person of interest in her disappearance and is still missing, will face new charges as a result of the ruling.
As soon as the news broke, the family attorney for Laundrie issued a statement saying:
“It’s tragic that Gabby Petito died at such a young age. Gabby Petito’s death is the sole thing that makes Brian Laundrie a person of interest. Brian was charged with using Gabby’s debit card without permission. Unfortunately, Brian is still missing. Once he is found, we will proceed with the pending fraud case against him. Brian has yet to return home.”
Nichole Schmidt, Petito’s mother, responded to Steven Bertolino’s allegation about the Laundrie family attorney, saying: “His statements are complete and utter nonsense. Continue to express yourself.”
In an interview with Eyewitness News, former NYPD Detectives Chief Bob Boyce discussed the investigation’s findings and Laundrie’s role.
“In this case, the investigation is solely centered about him. You can refer to him anyway you like, but for the time being, he is the most important person” Mr. Boyce, a former NYPD detective commissioner, stated this.
“There’s a lot of inference to be drawn from this. Collecting lots of evidence builds a strong case, which is exactly what we’re witnessing at the moment.”
The body of the 22-year-old man was discovered on September 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.
According to the FBI, law enforcement officers searched the campgrounds for many days before discovering her.
Petito’s death was initially ruled a homicide by the coroner, however, the cause of death has not been determined based on the results of the final autopsy.
As authorities continue their hunt for Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie, the latest information has emerged.
In an effort to help find his son, Laundrie’s father got involved in the search effort on Thursday.
Chris Laundrie was asked by law authorities to point them to a location in the Carlton Reserve where he believes Brian is hiding.
A counsel for the Laundrie family claims that their client last saw his parents the day before, on September 13, rather than the day after as initially reported to authorities.
He allegedly set out to go hiking when he disappeared.
As Bertolino put it, “The Laundries were relying on their memories of particular incidents” to determine when Brian had last been seen.
Further correspondence with the FBI has led us to suspect that Brian left for his hike on Monday, September 13th, rather than Tuesday, September 12th, as previously thought.
- Gabby Petito: Instagram