How US blogger Gabby Petito was strangled to death

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito

A  Wyoming coroner has ruled that a 22-year-old “van life” blogger who went missing on a road trip with her girlfriend was neck squeezed to death.

According to coroner Brent Blue, Gabby Petito body was found last month near a national park he and his fiance had visited, after several weeks.
The demise of the travel influencer attracted global attention.

She had been filing their wandering “van life” trip through national parks in the American West on social media.

Her vanishing also caused shock  and emotional debate over the amount of attention given to missing white women.

Dr Blue told a news conference On Tuesday, that Ms Petito’s body was found in a campsite with signs of neck squeezed (strangulation).

The coroner said her decomposed body had been

“outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks”

before she was found on 20 September.

But it would be difficult for him to confirm if an item was used to kill her. Details of her analysis of potential toxins report was not disclosed, but he clearly stated that Ms Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.

However, the Teton County coroner’s ruling was sequel to an initial post-mortem in September where he called the death a murder, meaning it had been caused by another person (homicide).

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Officials are discusing with Ms Petito’s family about conveying her remains to them.

Dr Blue said,

“Unfortunately, this is only 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,”.

He added that the area was undergoing a “media circus”. This case has also charmed amateur detectives, from TikTok sleuths to TV personalities.

FBI’s National Crime Information Center said, about 90,000 missing persons cases were actively in progress at the end of 2020, though few attracts national attention, let alone international coverage.

Who really is Gabby Petito?

Ms Petito with Mr Laundrie in July set off on a road trip from her hometown in Long Island, New York. They had been documenting the trip on social media.

The couple had also been travelling for weeks before Mr Laundrie returned home to Florida alone with their white van on 1 September. He did not inform police or the Petito family on his return.

Weeks earlier, on 12 August to be precise, police in the southern Utah town of Moab were invited to a possible domestic violence issue involving the couple.

Ms Petito’s family reported her missing on 11 September.

Where Is Brian Laundrie?

Mr Laundrie who is currently the only person matters most in this case, remains missing. According to his  parents he left for a hike on 14 September and never return.

He is yet to charged with crimes relating to Ms Petito’s killing, however the FBI has issued a federal arrest warrant and charged him with deceitfully criminally and using her debit card after her death.

Police and FBI teams are scrubbing the Carlton Reserve, a 24,000-acre county park in Florida’s Sarasota County with police dogs, drones, and all-terrain vehicles.

The Laundrie family’s lawyer Steve BertolinoOn said on Tuesday, that the assertion should not link him to her death.

He said in a statement to US media.

“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.”

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