Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation, autopsy reveals

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Gabby Petito died by strangulation, was the sufferer of home violence, and her physique lay undiscovered within the distant Wyoming wilderness for as much as 4 weeks after her homicide, the coroner revealed Tuesday.    




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Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue launched the findings of the 22-year-old van-life vlogger’s autopsy in a press briefing Tuesday afternoon, as her fiance Brian Laundrie spent his fourth week on the run from legislation enforcement.



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‘We discover the reason for dying to be strangulation and the way is murder,’ he mentioned. 

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Blue didn’t present a particular date for when Petito was murdered, saying solely that ‘the physique was within the wilderness for 3 to 4 weeks’ and that an ‘approximate date’ must be positioned on her dying certificates. 



Petito’s physique was found in a campsite near the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19 – eight days after her household reported her lacking and 22 days after the final reported sighting of her alive on August 27. 

The coroner mentioned he couldn’t decide whether or not Petito had been strangled by hand or if the killer had used one thing. 

He declined to offer any additional particulars about bruising or accidents discovered on Petito’s physique, the situation her physique was present in or whether or not toxicology exams had discovered any medication in her system – saying solely the trigger and method of dying is launched within the state of Wyoming. 

Blue additionally refused to verify whether or not Petito’s physique was buried or unnoticed within the open, or whether or not she was killed on the web site her stays have been discovered or if her physique was dumped there after being murdered in one other location.  

The coroner did affirm that Petito was not pregnant on the time of her dying – after web sleuths circulated that concept online in latest days.  

Blue mentioned he couldn’t touch upon whether or not his findings pointed to Laundrie being the assassin – earlier than slipping up and describing Petito as a sufferer of home violence. 

‘I can not make any remark about any suspects as we aren’t concerned in that a part of the investigation,’ he mentioned.

‘So who dedicated the murder is de facto to be confirmed by legislation enforcement.’ 

However, he referred to the case as ‘home violence’, saying there are various home abuse incidents however that this had gained better consideration as a consequence of Petito being a blogger. 

‘It was fairly the media circus and continues to be. Unfortunately, that is one in every of many deaths across the nation of people who find themselves concerned in home violence,’ he mentioned. 

‘It’s unlucky that different deaths don’t get as a lot protection as this one.’

Steven Bertolino, the legal professional for Laundrie and his mother and father, launched an announcement as quickly because the autopsy was launched calling her dying a ‘tragedy’ and saying his consumer is just ‘an individual of curiosity’ – somewhat than a suspect – in her dying. 

‘Gabby Petito’s dying at such a younger age is a tragedy,’ Bertolino mentioned. 

‘While Brian Laundrie is presently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is just thought-about an individual of curiosity in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. 

‘At this time Brian continues to be lacking and when he’s situated we are going to tackle the pending fraud cost in opposition to him.’

Gabby Petito (pictured) was killed by strangulation and her body lay for three to four weeks before it was found, the autopsy results revealed Tuesday

Gabby Petito (pictured) was killed by strangulation and her physique lay for 3 to 4 weeks earlier than it was discovered, the autopsy outcomes revealed Tuesday

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue released the cause of the 22-year-old van-life vlogger's death in a videoconference press briefing (above) Tuesday afternoon

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue launched the reason for the 22-year-old van-life vlogger’s dying in a videoconference press briefing (above) Tuesday afternoon

A memorial of stones arranged in a cross pattern at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite east of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 20 - where Petito's body was found one day earlier

A memorial of stones organized in a cross sample on the Spread Creek Dispersed Campsite east of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 20 – the place Petito’s physique was discovered in the future earlier 

The coroner beforehand dominated the way of Petito’s dying a murder however the reason for her dying was not disclosed, pending additional autopsy outcomes. 

In Wyoming, murder consists of various levels of homicide and manslaughter and so the circumstances of her dying have been a thriller till now. 

While the autopsy was not capable of decide a precise reason for dying it matches the timeline primarily based on the final sightings of the 22-year-old and her ultimate conversations together with her family members. 

The FBI has been focusing its investigation across the perception she was killed between August 27 and August 30.  

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Petito final spoke to her mother Nichole Schmidt over the cellphone on August 25. 

The final stories of Petito being seen alive have been on August 27 when witnesses mentioned they noticed the couple concerned in a ‘commotion’ in a restaurant in Wyoming. 

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That similar day, Schmidt obtained an ‘odd’ textual content message from her daughter’s cellphone the place she referred to her grandfather as ‘Stan’ – sending alarm bells that one thing was improper.

On August 30, her mother obtained the final textual content message from Petito’s cellphone studying: ‘No service in Yosemite.’ Petito’s cellphone has by no means been discovered.  

Laundrie, 23, allegedly used Petito’s stolen financial institution card to spend round $1,000 between August 30 and September 1 and returned to his household’s house in North Port, Florida, on September 1. 

Laundrie is the only real individual of curiosity in his fiancee’s disappearance and dying however has not but been charged in reference to it.

It just isn’t clear if he’s even nonetheless alive to probably face costs. 

A warrant was issued for his arrest on September 23 over the stolen Capitol One Bank card. The legal professional for Petito’s household mentioned final week the cardboard belonged to her. 

Petito set off on a as soon as in a lifetime four-month-long journey with Laundrie on July 2, touring throughout America within the couple’s white campervan and documenting their adventures on YouTube.  

On September 1, Laundrie returned to his household’s house in North Port, Florida, without his fiancee however driving their van. 

Laundrie didn’t report her lacking and, within the days that adopted, he and his mother and father allegedly ignored her involved household’s pleas for info about her whereabouts.

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. He has been on the run for more than three weeks following their doomed campervan trip

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. He has been on the run for greater than three weeks following their doomed campervan journey

Petito was reported lacking on September 11 by her mother and police visited the Laundrie’s house. 

But the Laundrie household lawyered up and refused to let cops communicate to the 23-year-old about his fiancee’s whereabouts.

On September 17, two days earlier than Petito’s physique was found, Laundrie’s mother and father Christopher and Roberta instructed cops their son had gone lacking.  

Their model of occasions has modified within the weeks that adopted – first telling authorities Laundrie had left their house to move to the Carlton Reserve nature park on September 14 and did not return.

Now, the fugitive’s mother and father have claimed they really ‘consider’ Laundrie set off from their house in the future earlier on September 13, that means he had a four-day headstart earlier than they lastly reported him lacking to authorities. 

The actual timing of when Laundrie went on the run just isn’t clear.   

Police revealed final week that they didn’t see or communicate to Laundrie in any respect after Petito was reported lacking. 

It just isn’t clear if authorities have any proof of Laundrie even being on the household house previous to September 13.        

The young couple were stopped by police in Moab, Utah, back on August 12 after a witness reported seeing a man slapping a woman. Bodycam footage showed Gabby Petito telling cops Brian Laundrie had hit her

The younger couple have been stopped by police in Moab, Utah, again on August 12 after a witness reported seeing a person slapping a girl. Bodycam footage confirmed Gabby Petito telling cops Brian Laundrie had hit her

The video shows a cop pointing out 'new' marks on Petito's face and arm and asking if Laundrie had hit her, to which she replies: 'I guess'

The video exhibits a cop declaring ‘new’ marks on Petito’s face and arm and asking if Laundrie had hit her, to which she replies: ‘I suppose’ 

Meanwhile, Laundrie instantly defends himself and pushes the blame onto Petito as soon as the cop arrives on the scene

Meanwhile, Laundrie immediately defends himself and pushes the blame onto Petito as quickly because the cop arrives on the scene

The younger couple have been stopped by police in Moab, Utah, again on August 12 after a witness reported seeing a person slapping a girl exterior a grocery retailer earlier than driving off in a white van.

Bodycam footage has revealed Petito instructed cops Laundrie had hit her and reduce her face by grabbing her ‘together with his nail’.

The video exhibits a cop declaring ‘new’ marks on Petito’s face and arm and asking if Laundrie had hit her, to which she replies: ‘I suppose.’

‘He like grabbed me together with his nail, and I suppose that is why it appears, I undoubtedly have a reduce proper right here. I can really feel it, once I contact it it burns,’ she tells the officer. 

The 22-year-old shortly backtracks and defends her fiance saying she ‘hit him first’ when he locked her out of their van and refused to let her in.  

Laundrie in the meantime immediately defends himself and pushes the blame onto Petito for the altercation as quickly because the cops arrive on the scene.

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He claims Petito was ‘actually labored up’ and that he ‘was simply making an attempt to push her away’ when requested about allegations he had hit her. 

Bodycam footage from one Moab officer was launched when Petito was nonetheless a lacking individual, exhibiting Petito telling the officer she slapped Laundrie, whereas he’s seen exhibiting the cop scratches on his face and arm, which he claims have been brought about when she ‘hit me together with her cellphone’.

A second officer’s digital camera was launched on September 30, with among the earlier inaudible feedback by the couple revealed for the primary time.  

The cops decided Petito was ‘the first aggressor’ and separated them for the night time.  

The home incident lower than two weeks earlier than she was final seen alive. 

A probe has been launched into the police dealing with of the August 12 incident and Moab City Police Department Chief Bret Edge has since taken a go away of absence pending the investigation.  

Meanwhile, the manhunt for Laundrie has entered its fourth week with the search persevering with to concentrate on the Carlton Reserve, near the Laundrie household house.

Laundrie’s dad Christopher joined the search final Thursday as his household continues to face mounting scrutiny over what they know.  

The FBI can also be investigating 11 alleged sightings of Laundrie alongside the Appalachian Trail close to the North Carolina-Tennessee border. 

Timeline of Gabby Petito case

  • July 1: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country highway journey
  • August 12: Police in Moab, Utah reply to a home incident involving the couple
  • Aug. 17: Laundrie allegedly flies again to Florida to ‘filter out a storage unit’   
  • Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his final FaceTime video name together with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah 
  • Aug. 23: Laundrie flies again to Utah to ‘rejoin Gabby’ on their journey 
  • Aug. 24: Petito is final seen at a resort in Salt Lake City with Laundrie
  • Aug. 25: Petito makes ultimate name to her mom, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
  • Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the proprietor of a store referred to as ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes 
  • Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, round 6.30 pm on the Spread Creek Campground; Witnesses say they noticed a ‘commotion’ with the couple at Merry Piglets Tex-mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming – if correct, this seems to be the final identified sighting of Petito 
  • Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend have been approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and requested them for a experience at 5.30pm; Schmidt says she just isn’t entertaining this declare and believes it probably factual
  • Aug. 30: Schmidt receives the final textual content from Petito: ‘No service in Yosemite’
  • Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his mother and father’ house in North Port, Florida in a van without Petito
  • Sept. 6-7: Laundrie and his mother and father go to Fort De Soto campsite in Florida
  • Sept. 11: Schmidt stories Petito lacking to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van was impounded by police in Florida that very same day
  • Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers seek for Petito
  • Sept. 13: Laundrie’s lawyer says on October 5 that his mother and father now ‘consider’ this was the day they final noticed him heading for a hike
  • Sept. 14: Laundrie points an announcement about Petito’s disappearance via his lawyer; Laundrie’s mother and father declare on September 17 that Laundrie left his mother and father’ house for a hike this present day and so they hadn’t seen from him since 
  • Sept. 15: Laundrie is formally named an individual of curiosity in Petito’s case
  • Sept. 17: Laundrie household legal professional confirms his whereabouts are unknown
  • Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI begin looking out the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for lacking Brian Laundrie
  • Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van round 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials announce a physique was discovered close to Grand Teton National Park that matched Petito’s description within the afternoon
  • Sept. 21: Coroner confirms stays present in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her dying is dominated a murder however her reason for dying continues to be underneath invesetigation
  • Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police proceed seek for Laundrie in Carton Reserve 
  • Sept. 22: Neighbors say they noticed the Laudrie household pack up their indifferent camper on the day Gabby was reported lacking. DailyMail.com pictures present the camper was again within the driveway two days later, on September 13 
  • Sept. 23: FBI points an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized entry machine’ for fraudulently utilizing a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police dealing with of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s mother and father go to their legal professional in Orlando 
  • Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the seek for Laundrie 
  • Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her household launch a charity to assist mother and father discover lacking kids 
  • Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie within the Carlton Reserve is scaled again after 10 day search would not discover him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his mother and father stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter go to solely the mother and father left 
  • Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mother is accused of utilizing a burner cellphone to contact her son Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mother canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for 2 from September 1 to three and booked for 3 from September 6 to eight; FBI seizes surveillance footage from web site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie purchased a burner cellphone on September 14; Dog the Bounty Hunter searches the realm close to Fort De Soto discovering a lately drunk can of Monster Energy at a makeshift campsite deep within the woods 
  • Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer on the August 12 incident is launched exhibiting a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI brokers acquire extra proof from the Laundrie house 
  • Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she mentioned she did 
  • Oct. 2: A hiker alongside the Appalachian Trail claims to have seen Laundrie close to the border of Tennessee and North Carolina 
  • Oct. 3: Investigators searched the realm on the Appalachian path for any indicators that Laundrie had been there  
  • Oct. 4: Laundrie’s sister instructed protestors exterior her house that her household has been ignoring her after they rebuked her story and that she doesn’t know the place her brother is
  • Oct 5: Laundrie’s sister appeared on Good Morning America to say she would flip her brother in if she knew the place he’s; The Laundrie legal professional says his mother and father now ‘consider’ he went on the run in the future sooner than they first claimed (September 13 not 14) that means he had a four-day headstart earlier than they reported him lacking to authorities; The legal professional additionally says Laundrie flew from Utah to Florida on Aug. 17 without Petito to filter out a storage unit then returned on Aug. 23; A hiker stories a sighting of an individual he believed to be Laundrie alongside the Appalachian Trail close to the Tennessee border
  • Oct 6: Petito’s mother and father and step-parents seem collectively on Dr. Phil to debate their daughter’s dying. Her household paints a vivid image of the scene the place her physique was discovered and encourages Laundrie to show himself in; The Laundrie household lawyer says his father Christopher went to search for him on the night time of Sept. 13 when he did not return from the park
  • Oct. 7: Laundrie’s father Christopher joins FBI brokers on the seek for his son on the Carlton Reserve however the search brings up no clues; FBI says it’s also investigating 11 alleged sightings of Laundrie alongside the Appalachian Trail close to the North Carolina-Tennessee border; investigators confirmed neither Petito or Laundrie’s telephones have been discovered within the couple’s campervan
  • Oct. 8: North Port Police spokesperson says there’s a ‘lot of oddness’ with Laundrie’s mother and father dealing with of the scenario and that ‘quite a lot of issues that did not make sense’ about their model of occasions
  • Oct. 12: Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue will maintain a press convention to share extra particulars about Petito’s dying
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