AceShowbiz - The autopsy results of Gabrielle Petito a.k.a. Gabby Petito have been released. On Tuesday, October 12, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue revealed during a virtual news conference that the slain travel blogger's cause of death was strangulation.
"After a detailed investigation by our forensic pathologist, our anthropologist and local law enforcement, with assistance from the FBI, the Teton County Coroner Office is filing the following verdict in the death of Gabrielle Venora Petito," Blue said. "We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be: the cause of death by strangulation, and manner is homicide."
According to officials, her time of death is estimated to be three to four weeks before her body was found on September 19. During the press conference, he also addressed rumors saying that Petito was pregnant when she was murdered. After taking DNA samples from Petito's body, it was confirmed that the 22-year-old was not pregnant.
In response the revelation of Petito's cause of death, the attorney for Brian Laundrie's family said in a statement, "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, 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."
The comment didn't sit well with Petito's mother Nichole Schmidt. "His words are garbage. Keep talking," so she wrote in a text to WFLA's J.B. Biunno.
FBI confirmed on September 21 that body remains which were found in Bridger-Teton National Forest belonged to Petito. She was reported missing by her parents on September 11 while she was on a cross-country road trip with her fiance Laundrie, who returned to his parents' home in North Porth, Florida alone in their van on September 1.
Laundrie, who was named a person of interest in the case, was missing from his home on September 14. Later on September 23, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Laundrie as he "knowingly and with intent to defraud, used one or more unauthorized access devices," referring to a debit card and bank account, between August 30 and September 1.