Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue introduced Tuesday that Gabby Petito died by strangulation. Blue stated there are a number of particulars he can’t reveal from the post-mortem but.
“All I can really comment on is that her body was outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks,” stated Blue on the press convention.
Blue declined to say whether or not the physique had bruising or had been buried or left above floor. He added that Petito was not pregnant on the time of her dying, as some had speculated.
As to why the division withheld Petito’s explanation for dying after ruling it a murder on September 22, Blue stated officers have been “exacting” of their examination of the main points.
“It was just a matter of making sure we had everything right,” he notes.
In the meantime, police proceed to waste time trying to find Brian Laundrie, Petito’s fugitive fiancé, within the Carlton Reserve, at his mother and father’ suggestion. We mentioned the manhunt for Laundrie earlier this week:
Put me down that Laundrie is much away from the state of Florida at this level. The timeline of Laundrie’s disappearance suggests his mother and father purchased him time to get on the transfer earlier than they reported him lacking. Laundrie seemingly had a number of days to run earlier than the police started trying to find him.
The Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida stays a key level on this story. On September 6, the identical day that Laundrie returned dwelling from the notorious summer time highway journey in Gabby Petito’s van however with out Gabby Petito, information present that Laundrie and his mother and father camped on the park and remained there till September 8. About every week afterward September seventeenth, the Laundries reported Brian lacking. In different phrases, his mother and father seemingly knew one thing by the point they camped in Fort De Soto Park.
The coroner dominated Petito’s dying a murder on September 22, days after the police discovered her physique in Wyoming, and August 24 is the final day Petito could be confirmed alive. She could be seen in a videotape leaving a lodge in Salt Lake City, Utah. Though Petito’s mom obtained a textual content from Gabby’s cellphone quantity on August 30, her household doubts that it got here from Gabby. If they’re proper that she had already died by August 30, then she died no less than every week earlier than the Laundries’ tenting journey to Fort De Soto.
So what did the Laundrie do at that park between September 6 and September 8?
The worst half is that the seek for Laundrie takes consideration away from honoring Gabby’s Petito life.
Prayers up for the Petito household.