Gabby Petito’s death caused by strangulation, says Wyoming coroner

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Gabby Petito, the young woman who disappeared on a road trip with her boyfriend and later turned up dead in Wyoming, was killed by strangulation, a local coroner said Tuesday.

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Teton County Medical Examiner Dr. Brent Blue, whose office had already ruled Petito’s death a homicide, said she was killed about three to four weeks before her body was found on Sept. 19. Her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, 23, has been missing for almost a month.

Petito, 22, was last seen alive on August 26. His body was discovered on September 19 near the remote scattered Spread Creek campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.

The young woman’s disappearance last month while on a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend captivated the country, first as an internet sensation and then as a tabloid mystery that grew more enigmatic by the day.

Petito and Laundrie, who lived with Laundrie’s parents in North Port on Florida’s west coast, embarked on their trip in early July from Long Island in New York, where their parents live.

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As they traveled through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and points west, Petito documented his “van life” on social media with videos and images showing a loving couple having an American affair. He posted his last photo to Instagram on August 25, the same day he last spoke to his mother on the phone.

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Laundrie returned without her on Sept. 1 to her family’s North Port home driving Petito’s white truck. Ten days later, Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, reported her missing to the New York police.

With the search increasingly public after Florida police named Laundrie as a person of interest in the case, police in Moab, Utah, released bodycam footage on September 15 that suggested a darker side of the sunny. appearance of the couple on social media.

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After a caller reported seeing Laundrie hit Petito, Moab police stopped their truck on August 12 and questioned them for more than an hour. They both admitted to having argued, and Petito tearfully said that he had hit Laundrie on the arm.

No charges were brought, but police ordered the two to stay in separate quarters overnight.

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Laundrie, who had refused to speak to North Port police on the advice of his attorney, has not been seen since Sept. 14, when his parents later said he told them he was going to hike in the nearby wilderness area. by Carlton Reserve.

Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, using divers, sniffer dogs and helicopters, have found no trace of him in the marshy, alligator-infested wilderness area.

On September 23, a federal grand jury in Wyoming charged Laundrie with fraudulently using Petito’s bank debit card between August 30 and September 1 to spend $ 1,000 or more.

He has not been charged with his death.

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