Gabby Petito: Coroner Confirms Cause Of Death
Final autopsy results have confirmed the cause of Gabby Petito‘s death.
The Teton County, Wyoming coroner revealed that the main reason the cause of death took so long to be announced was that they ‘were very exacting in our examination and the detail that the examination was done. We were waiting for various specialists to help us in the investigation. It was just a matter of making sure we had everything right.’
During a press conference, Dr. Brent Blue, who conducted the autopsy, said, ‘Cause of death by strangulation, the manner is homicide.’
When asked if he believed that Brian Laundrie was involved in the homicide, Dr. Blue said he could not comment on who committed the act of strangling Gabby Petito, as he was only involved in determining cause and manner of death. He was not involved in investigating who committed the act.
Dr. Blue also could not comment on if the homicide had taken place at the location where the body was found. He also said he could not comment on the toxicology report from the autopsy as that was not public knowledge. He did however confirm that Gabby Petito was not pregnant.
When asked if the conclusion of strangulation was an ‘obvious’ decision, Dr. Blue said ‘Nothing is obvious in a situation like this. I cannot go into detail about how we made those decisions.’
Dr. Blue also could not confirm if it was manual strangulation or if an item was used, as well as no determination on whether the strangulation was possibly accidental.
The news comes after Petito’s body was formally identified by the Teton County Coroner’s office two days after it was discovered in a wild camping area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming. The initial autopsy results, released Tuesday September 21, had identified the manner of death as homicide.
Petito’s family responded to the news with a short statement on Facebook, posting, ‘Our hearts are broken…’ A lawyer for the family asked the media and the public for privacy as the family grieve, adding that a full statement would be published in due course.
Following the official confirmation of Petito’s death, FBI officers investigating the case confirmed that her partner, Brian Laundrie, remained a person of interest, and called on anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact a tipline.
Laundrie has been missing for more than two weeks, with officers in North Port, Florida having conducted an unsuccessful search for him in a nature reserve near his home. On the same day that Petito’s body was formally identified, FBI agents made a court-authorised search of his family’s home, and were seen removing several boxes and a car from the property.
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