Gabby Petito died by strangulation, was a victim of domestic violence, and her body lay undiscovered in the remote Wyoming wilderness for up to four weeks after her murder, a coroner revealed Tuesday.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue released the findings of the 22-year-old van-life vlogger’s autopsy in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.
CNN later obtained an official docket saying Petito had been killed by manual strangulation, meaning she’d hadn’t been strangled using a ligature such as a cord or belt. Dr Blue had refused to comment further on how Petito was strangled during his press conference.
He spoke as Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie spent his fourth week missing without trace as cops continue to search for him.
‘We find the cause of death to be strangulation and the manner is homicide,’ said Blue.
Blue said he could not determine the specific date Petito was murdered, saying only that ‘the body was in the wilderness for three-to-four weeks’ and that an ‘approximate date’ would have to be placed on her death certificate.
Petito’s body was discovered in a campsite close to the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19 – eight days after her family reported her missing, and 22 days after the last reported sighting of her alive on August 27.
The coroner refused to reveal several details about the autopsy’s findings including: the condition of Petito’s body, if her body was buried, whether any drugs were found in her system and whether she was killed in the same spot her body was found.
He did confirm that Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death – after internet sleuths circulated that theory online in recent days. Blue added that DNA samples had been taken by law enforcement as the investigation into her murder and who was responsible continues.
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Source: Daily Mail