Gabby Petito died was ruled a strangling death by a coroner on Tuesday
providing a fuller picture of what occurred to her. Many questions, however, remain unsolved. Though the reason for Petito’s death was disclosed Tuesday, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue refused to give specifics about Petito’s autopsy or a possible suspect, stating he was restricted in what information he could lawfully divulge. Petito’s killer, when she was murdered, and what occurred in the days preceding up her death are all unknown.
Despite the fact that there are over 90,000 active missing person cases in the United States, few have received the same level of urgency and national attention as Petito’s case, which was reported missing on September 11 and whose remains were discovered more than a week later in Bridger–Teton National Forest.
Brian Laundrie, her fiancé, is still missing, having returned to Florida without her following their journey through the Western United States. According to Blue, the autopsy of Petito’s remains comprised a whole-body CT scan, an assessment by a forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist, and a toxicological study.The cause of death was “hand strangulation/throttling,” according to a court document Blue filed with the Teton County Clerk of District Court on October 5.
He told CNN’s, Anderson Cooper.
“We think this was strangled by a human person.”Petito’s corpse was abandoned in the woods for three to four weeks before being discovered, according to Blue, although the precise date of her death is unknown. According to Blue, death certificates in Wyoming allow for estimated dates and fluctuation of those dates.
“The death certificate will not include an exact date of death,” the coroner said.
According to Blue, it’s difficult to establish a precise date of her death because of the period since her death and the weather conditions she endured.
According to Blue, the autopsy found more information than was previously disclosed, but it will be withheld because of the continuing inquiry. Working on the case was, and continues to be, “quite the media circus,” according to Blue.
In addition to the disappearance and murder of Petito and Laundrie, the case has generated debate over domestic violence after the release of body camera video showing an altercation involving Petito, Laundrie, and the cops during one of the couple’s disputes. “Unfortunately, this is only one of many fatalities of individuals engaged in domestic violence throughout the nation,” Blue added. “It’s also sad that these other fatalities did not get the same level of attention as this one.”
Mysterious text messages and a police call
The pair had spent the summer in a white van, chronicling their journeys on social media.
On September 1, however, Laundrie went to the Florida house they shared with his parents without Petito, and her family was unable to contact her.
Her parents initially reported her missing on September 11, and her remains were discovered on September 19 near where their vehicle had been last seen three weeks before.
They were engaged in a domestic fight in Utah in August, according to the national emphasis on her whereabouts.
Petito’s last days seemed to be blissful based on social media postings.
However, after she went missing, reports emerged of the couple’s growing discord.
According to a police affidavit seeking a search request of an external hard drive discovered in the couple’s vehicle,
Petitocontacted her mother on a frequent basis, and those talks seemed to show “more and more stress” in the couple’s relationship.
According to a search warrant, Petitosent her mother a “strange text” on August 27 that concerned her that something was awry.
According to the complaint, the message said, “Can you assist Stan,
I just keep receiving his voicemails and missed calls.” According to the affidavit, Stan was a reference to Petito’sgrandpa, whom her mother said Petitonever referred to in that manner.
According to audio released by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah,
the pair was stopped by authorities while traveling after a 911 caller informed dispatchers on August 12 that he observed a guy striking a lady.
The caller said, “We drove past and the guy was hitting the girl.” “Then we came to a halt.
They dashed up and down the street. He then proceeded to strike her, get into his vehicle, and drive away.”
Last month, CNN acquired dispatch audio records from the Grand County Sheriff’s office, which provided
additional information about what Moab police were informed about “some kind of fight.”
A witness reported a “commotion” when they left the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson,
Wyoming on August 27.
According to witness Nina Angelo, Petitowas in tears and Laundrie was clearly enraged,
walking in and out of the restaurant many times and displaying hostility toward the employees surrounding the hostess stand.
Petitoand Laundrie did not engage in any violent or physical confrontation, according to Angelo.
The search for Laundrie
Police in North Port were surveilling Laundrie as best they could lawfully before he vanished, according to a police spokesman who talked to CNN’s Randi Kaye.
Laundrie’s parents informed investigators on September 17 that he had left home days before and was going to the neighboring Carlton Reserve, prompting a search of the 25,000-acre nature reserve.
His parents first said he departed on September 14, but Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino stated this week, “We now think Brian went to walk in the preserve on Monday, September 13.”
He didn’t take his phone or money with him when he went,
and his parents were worried he would harm himself, according to a source close to Laundrie’s family.
In the days after her death, he was charged with accusations of allegedly utilizing two bank accounts that did not belong to him.
Laundrie’s family attorney, Steve Bertolino, said in a statement Tuesday that Laundrie had used a debit card that
belonged to Petito, but that he was not a suspect in her death.