Gabby Petito’s cause of death and final autopsy results were revealed Tuesday at a news conference by Dr. Brent Blue, a medical examiner for Teton County, Wyoming. The professional provided an update on the case and said Petito died of strangulation .
“We hereby find that the cause and manner of death is, the cause: death by strangulation, and the manner is a homicide,” Blue said during the press conference .
Dr. Blue added that Petito was not pregnant. However, he clarified that no further information will be released due to Wyoming state law.
WESH 2 News reported that Dr. Blue was expected to provide new information on Petito’s final autopsy, and answer brief questions from reporters.
However, former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer told News Nation Now’s Brian Entin before the press conference that she expected details to be limited.
“I think the coroner is going to release the official results, however, I would be very surprised if he reveals the exact cause of death, the way he died, other than a homicide,” Coffindaffer told the media outlet.
Petito was reported missing on September 11, 2021, 10 days after her fiancé, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie , returned from a trip without her. The remains of the 22-year-old Van Life blogger were found on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Officials are conducting a search for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve, a swampy nature preserve in Florida.
An arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie on Thursday, September 23, 2021, related to accusations by the Wyoming federal court regarding the use of “unauthorized devices” following Petito’s death, according to NBC News . Officials told the same outlet that the arrest warrant is related to allegations that he used a debit card that he was not allowed to use, and is not directly related to Petito’s death.
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Petito’s remains were delivered to a morgue that works with the family
— Gage Goulding – NBC2 (@GageGoulding) September 20, 2021
Dr. Blue said the autopsy results followed a detailed investigation involving a forensic pathologist and anthropologist, in addition to assistance provided by the FBI. Petito’s remains were turned over to a morgue, which is working with the Petito family, the doctor said.
He also reported that they were able to determine the approximate time of death, which was long before his body was found.