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Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said at a press conference Tuesday that Gabby Petito was strangled to death.
“We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: cause, death by strangulation, and the manner is homicide,” Dr. Blue said. The coroner added that, under Wyoming state statute, no other information from the autopsy would be released other than the cause and manner of death.
The doctor said his office was “very exacting” in its examination and attributed the monthlong timeframe to waiting for help from specialists, including a toxicology report.
While he declined repeatedly to describe any of the findings in detail, Blue did say that the body appeared to have been outside for “three to four weeks” prior to its discovery.
Petito’s remains have been transferred to a mortuary in Wyoming and the mortuary is coordinating to have them returned to her family.
The 22-year-old lifestyle blogger’s remains were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest Sept. 19. While Blue determined the manner of death to be homicide soon after, Petito’s cause of death wasn’t revealed pending the final results of the autopsy.
Regular updates from the couple on Instagram and YouTube portrayed a relatively happy, carefree trip, but after Laundrie returned to his parents’ home in Florida on Sept. 1 without Petito, that narrative quickly fell apart.
Petito’s parents reported her missing on Sept. 11, more than two weeks after they last spoke ... (Read more)
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