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Coroner: Gabby Petito was strangled to death

Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation and her case is now confirmed as homicide, as Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue delivers findings on young woman killed in Bridger National Forest- Teton.

His body was found at a National Forest backcountry campsite adjacent to Grand Teton National Park after a multi-lane search focused on the area. Petito, 22, was living in a van and was traveling across the United States when she went missing in or near Grand Teton National Park in late August. She was traveling with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, and the plan was to chronicle the trip on social media. But she’s only made one Instagram post about her adventures, and since her last contact with her family, Laundrie and their van have returned to North Port, Fla., Arriving on September 1. Since then, Laundrie has disappeared after telling his parents he was going to hike at a local nature reserve.

According to Blue, his autopsy report included contributions from both a forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist, including a whole-body CT scan and toxicology analysis. Also covered: DNA analysis of her body, as well as tests that indicated she was not pregnant. Its discovery confirms the first provisional decision of death by homicide. It is estimated that she was killed three to four weeks before her body was found, or before her parents filed a missing person report on September 11; his body was found on September 19.

Photo from Gabby Petito’s Instagram account (@gabspetito).

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