Gabby Petito was STRANGLED, died 3 to 4 weeks before being found: Coroner

The coroner declined to comment whether his findings pointed to Gabby Petito's boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, being the murderer


                            Gabby Petito was STRANGLED, died 3 to 4 weeks before being found: Coroner
Gabby Petito's remains were found in a campsite close to the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19 (Instagram/Gabby Petito)

TETON, WYOMING: A press conference on Gabby Petito's cause of death on Tuesday, October 12, revealed that the 22-year-old vlogger was strangled. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue announced the autopsy results during a press conference on zoom. "In the manner of death we find the cause and manner to be cause death by strangulation and manner is homicide, " he said. Gabby Petito's remains were found in a campsite close to the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19 and a positive identification was established two days later. Her death was ruled a homicide but a cause wasn't revealed until now.

Dr Blue did not provide a specific date for Petito's death. He, however, stated that "the body was in the wilderness for three to four weeks" and that only an "approximate date" would be placed on her death certificate. The coroner declined to provide any further details about bruising or injuries found on Petito's body. He also did not comment on whether any drugs had been found in her system through toxicology tests. 

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The coroner declined to comment whether his findings pointed to Gabby's boyfriend, Brian Laundrie being the murderer. "I cannot make any comment about any suspects as we are not involved in that part of the investigation. So who committed the homicide is really to be confirmed by law enforcement, " he said. Dr Blue, did, however, put a pause on speculations that Gabby Petito was pregnant by confirming that she was not.

Gabby Petito was reported missing during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie who returned to his home in Florida on September 1 in the van the couple was using to commute. Brian, who was the last person to see her, refused to speak with the authorities about her whereabouts. During the quest to find Petito, her boyfriend, Brian was named a 'person of interest' in the case. He went missing from his home in Florida on September 14 a few days after Petito's body was found in Wyoming. A manhunt for Laundrie is going on full swing. 

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