Coroner says Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation

Source: The Hill | October 12, 2021 | Joseph Choi

Teton, Wyo., County Coroner Brent Blue announced on Tuesday that Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation.

The coroner also confirmed during a press conference that Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death. However, Blue did not elaborate further. 

The FBI confirmed on Sept. 21 that a body found in Wyoming was that of 22-year-old Petito. At the time of her body’s discovery, her cause of death was ruled as a homicide.

“We’re hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: The cause is death by strangulation and manner is homicide,” Blue said on Tuesday.

Blue said the autopsy took about a month because the coroner’s office wanted to ensure “we had everything right.”

The FBI has issued a warrant for Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie’s arrest in connection with her death. Laundrie has been missing for about a month and was last seen by his parents in Florida.

When asked how he determined that the cause of death was strangulation, Blue said on Tuesday that he could not disclose that information due to Wyoming laws that keep autopsy results from being public knowledge.


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