Gabby Petito update – live: Autopsy confirms cause of death was strangulation as Laundrie search continues

Watch live as coroner gives update on Gabby Petito autopsy

The Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue, revealed on Tuesday that Gabby Petito died of strangulation.

According to Dr Blue, Ms Petito died 3-4 weeks before her body was located on 19 September. The coroner said that under Wyoming state law he could only release the manner and cause of death. All other details concerning the autopsy are not open to the public.

A private investigator suggested Ms Petito was asphyxiated. He came to this conclusion having seen a bodycam video with Utah police, involving Ms Petito and Brian Laundrie.

The parents of Mr Laundrie have been filmed clearing away discarded items left behind by protesters outside their home.

Chris and Roberta Laundrie were spotted on Sunday evening moving white laundry bins that had been left there. A poster with an image of Gabby Petito was also reportedly moved.

A police manhunt for Mr Laundrie remains without leads after a Florida nature reserve was searched, and there is only a 50 per cent chance the missing man is still alive, police have said.

Josh Taylor, the North Port police spokesperson, told CNN that nothing significant linked to Mr Laundrie has been found in the Carlton Reserve, but searches will continue until police receive more information.

It comes as a bounty hunter involved in the search said he was withdrawing from the operation after suffering an ankle injury.

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Gabby Petito’s mother responds to Laundrie lawyer: “His words are garbage”

Gabby Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt responded to a statement put out by Steven Bertolino, Brian Laundrie’s attorney, in response to the revelation that Ms Petito was killed by strangulation.

“His words are garbage. Keep talking,” she texted WFLA’s JB Biunno.

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 21:00

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Teton County coroner says Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue told reporters that Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.

According to Dr Blue, Ms Petito died of strangulation 3-4 weeks before her body was found on 19 September.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander has more on the story below…

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 20:45

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Gabby Petito’s body left outside for 3-4 weeks before being found

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue said Gabby Petito died by strangulation and was left outside for 3-4 weeks before her remains were discovered on 19 September.

The Independent’s Helen Elfer has more on the revelation below…

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 20:28

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Teton County coroner reveals Gabby Petito cause of death – watch

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed Tuesday that Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation.

Watch the video of Mr Blue’s press conference below…

Gabby Petito cause of death is said to have been strangulation

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 20:15

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Laundrie family attorney issued statement in wake of Gabby Petito cause of death revelation

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie and his parents, issued a statement in response to Teton County Coroner Brent Blue’s revelation that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.

“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby,” Mr Bertolino wrote. “Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 20:05

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Gabby Petito disappearance and death – full timeline

Gabby Petito’s cause of death was revealed Tuesday by the Teton County Coroner Brent Blue.

Ms Petito’s death was ruled a strangulation.

For a full timeline of the Gabby Petito case, read The Independent’s timeline below…

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 19:54

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Teton County coroner says Gabby Petito’s time of death was likely 3-4 weeks before her body was found

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said today that Gabby Petito died of strangulation, and was likely killed 3-4 weeks before her body was discovered on 19 September.

He told reporters the autopsy took several weeks because they were “very exacting” in their examination and had to wait on specialists to assist in their work.

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 19:42

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Gabby Petito manner of death is strangulation

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said today that Gabby Petito died from strangulation.

Mr Blue made the ruling today during a livestreamed press conference.

He said “only the cause and manner of death” would be released per state statute.

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 19:33

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What does being a “person of interest” mean for Brian Laundrie?

Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, has been on the run for nearly a month, and is currently wanted on fraud charges for using her debit card presumably after her death.

Mr Laundrie has not been charged with the woman’s death, but is considered a “person of interest” in the case.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi delves into what a “person of interest” is and what it means for Mr Laundrie in the story below…

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 18:33

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Gabby Petito memorial in Florida has been completely removed

The memorial for Gabby Petito outside the North Port, Florida City Hall has been fully removed by city workers.

The items at the memorial were collected and sent to Ms Petito’s family. The city decided to remove the memorial to prevent the items left by mourners from suffering weather damage.

A permanent steel bench honouring Ms Petito will eventually stand in the location where the memorial was situated.

Graig Graziosi12 October 2021 17:55

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