Watch live as coroner gives update on Gabby Petito autopsy
The Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed on Tuesday that social media star 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 yet open to the public.
A private investigator has meanwhile suggested Ms Petito was asphyxiated. He came to this conclusion having seen a bodycam video with Utah police, involving Ms Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie.
In Florida, the parents of Mr Laundrie, who remains missing, were confronted by two furious protesters after details of the autopsy were published.
Two people banged on the door of Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s home and shouted taunts at the family before saying: “We’ll be back. Better speak up soon.”
A police manhunt for Mr Laundrie remains without leads after a Florida nature reserve was searched and there is believed to be only a 50 per cent chance the missing man is still alive, police have said.
Josh Taylor, a North Port Police spokesperson, told CNN that nothing significant linked to Mr Laundrie has been found in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve but said that searches will continue until police receive more information.
It comes as reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, who involved himself in the search, said he was withdrawing from the operation after suffering an ankle injury.
Protesters confront Brian Laundrie’s parents after autopsy reveals Gabby Petito died of strangulation
Two people banged on the front door of the Laundries’ home in North Port, Florida, at about 8.30pm local time and shouted taunts at the family. The incident was captured on camera.
“You guys like to strangle people with your little b***h a** son. It’s time to wake up and face the consequences,” the two can be heard screaming.
“We’ll be back. Better speak up soon,” they added.
After they left, Christopher Laundrie, the father of 23-year-old Brian, came to the door briefly before the police arrived.
The Laundrie family has been encountering similar protests since Petito’s family reported her missing on 11 September.
Chris Baynes13 October 2021 10:51
Six key unanswered questions about Gabby Petitos’ death following coroner’s verdict
In Wyoming yesterday, Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue shed a little more light on Ms Petito’s murder but there is still a great deal we don’t know.
Bevan Hurley reviews the new information.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2021 10:30
Brian Laundrie’s sister forced to call police nine times over death threats, records show
Cassie Laundrie, the sister of the wanted fugitive, has been inundated with death threats since Gabby Petito went missing, police records show.
Sheriff’s deputies have been dispatched to her Flordia home multiple times in recent weeks as “random people” have threatened to kill their family and kidnap their children, WFLA-TV reports.
Justin Vallejo has the latest.
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2021 09:30
TikToker asks public how to ‘survive being a Brian Laundrie lookalike’
A TikToker who goes by the handle @bordhead went online and sought the public’s help in “surviving as a Brian Laundrie lookalike”.
In a video, he said that he was flying across the country for his cousin’s wedding the next day. “It is a pretty long flight and so if you have any tips for me on how not to get attacked or accused of being this guy.”
One user suggested: “Need a t-shirt that says, ‘Not Brian.’ Another asked him to shave. “You don’t have the same underbite it’ll be easier that way.”
It was previously reported that some Brian Laundrie doppelgangers had started wearing special T-shirts from Etsy to ensure they were not confused with the fugitive.
Several Etsy shops started selling t-shirts that read “I am just Bald. Nope I am not Brian Laundrie.”
Meanwhile, the coroner on Tuesday revealed that Gabby Petito was strangled.
Brian Laundrie, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case, is still missing.
Maroosha Muzaffar13 October 2021 07:03
Domestic violence survivors urge others to speak out after Gabby autopsy update
Domestic violence survivors banded together on social media after the Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed the cause of Gabby Petito’s death was manual strangulation.
Dr Blue refused to divulge more details about the investigation, citing the state law, but alluded to the Petito case being connected to domestic violence – suggesting other such cases did not receive the same attention.
Police have previously released bodycam footage of officers speaking to Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie after the two got into a fight, just a couple of weeks before she went missing.
On social media, several survivors posted about their own experiences with domestic violence.
One user wrote: “I was Gabby age during my DV. It took me 7yr to get out. I have kept it deep down inside of me as I was ashamed & silent about it until this case happened. The bodycam video of her awoke something in me. I can’t explain it. I will not be silent anymore. I want to help others [sic].”
Another said: “There’s so many that have experienced DV. Aug 1991, I waited till my x husband went to work, then packed bags and went to a women’s shelter with my kids. He use to say to me “if you don’t like it there’s the door” I knew he wouldn’t let me take my kids… so I left secretly [sic].”
Yet another user said: “So many of us recognised what was going on after the first Moab video. For me, it was when Brian told the officers that Gabby was crazy. I knew right then he was totally gaslighting her and manipulating the officers.”
Joe Sommerlad13 October 2021 06:12
North Port residents devastated after Gabby autopsy update
As the coroner revealed the cause of death of Gabby Petito, many residents of North Port, Florida — where Petito used to live with her boyfriend and his parents — were glued to their television screens.
Many said that the details surrounding Petito’s death broke their heart.
One resident, Sandra Vaughn told WFLA that her heart sunk on learning the news. She said: “Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you. My heart really breaks for you, and I hope that you can find some kind of peace somewhere, somehow.”
Ms Vaughn added: “I pray that the Laundries will come out and give you come to some kind of answers.”
Another resident Juan Rodriguez was quoted in the My Sun Coast as saying: “That’s very sad to hear. Why did he have to do that? Something had to trigger him.”
“It’s clarity now; this case is real frustrating because nothing is making any sense,” said Matt, a North Port resident. “It’s like a big circus. There are so many different factors.”
Maroosha Muzaffar13 October 2021 05:38
Protesters knock on door of Laundrie house, shout abuse
On Tuesday, two protesters were filmed repeatedly knocking on the door of Brian Laundrie’s parents’ house around 8.30pm in North Port in Florida.
One of the two men could be heard shouting: “Come on, dirty Laundries,” “Come on, you guys like to strangle people,” and “We’ll be back.”
They also asked the family to “speak up soon.”
Earlier, the Teton County Coroner, Dr Brent Blue, had revealed that Gabby Petito died of “manual strangulation/ throttling.”
Mr Laundrie, who has been named as a person of interest in the homicide case, remains at large.
Maroosha Muzaffar13 October 2021 05:11
Dog the Bounty Hunter says he is still in Florida looking for Brian Laundrie
Duane Chapman had been thought to have returned to Colorado after injuring himself, but told WFAL he had a “change of plans and couldn’t bring himself to leave.”
He also reacted to the results of Gabby Petitio’s autopsy, which ruled she had died from strangulation and that her body had been left in the wilderness for three to four weeks.
“Strangulation is not an accident. It looks very bad right now for the Laundrie family,” Duane Chapman told WFLA.
Graeme Massie13 October 2021 04:58
Coroner alludes to domestic violence during Petito autopsy update
The Teton County Coroner who conducted an autopsy on Gabby Petito briefly alluded to domestic violence on Tuesday but refused to go into detail citing the state law.
Dr Brent Blue told the media: “Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence. And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”
Dr Blue described the attention on the Gabby Petito case as a “media circus.”
Earlier in the media briefing, the coroner revealed that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.
Maroosha Muzaffar13 October 2021 04:55
Woman found dead in unused police vehicle outside station
Christina Nance, 29, was found dead inside a police van parked outside the law enforcement offices in Huntsville, Alabama. Now, her family is demanding answers.
Local media reports state that Ms Nance was discovered at around 9.15am on Thursday outside the Huntsville Public Safety Complex. A police officer found the body in an old and unused police vehicle as he was walking to a car in the parking lot.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
Graeme Massie13 October 2021 04:02