Crime EXPLAINER: Where does Gabby Petito slaying probe go next?
Death of Gabby Péto: The causes of the death of the influencer revealed
© Instagram Death of Gabby Petito: The causes of the death of the influencer revealed The investigation of the death of the influencer Gabby Péto continues. The forensic doctors today revealed that the young person was strangled. It is therefore dead by strangulation. On September 21, ten days after the reporting of his disappearance, Gabby Petito was found dead in the state of Wyoming in the United States.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Now that the decomposed remains of Brian Laundrie have been found, where does the investigation into the strangling of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, go from here?
Petito, 22, was discovered slain last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited during a cross-country van trip that ended with Laundrie mysteriously returning home alone to Florida in the vehicle.
Gabby Petito's parents traveled to Wyoming for her remains
A coroner on Tuesday announced the 22-year-old died by "manual strangulation."The Long Island woman's body was discovered on Sept. 19 at the Spread Creek Dispersed Camping Area in Bridger-Teton National Forest, and Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had previously ruled her death a homicide.
Laundrie, named a “person of interest” in the case, was missing for a month before his skeletal remains were found Wednesday in a swampy wilderness park near his home.
Lawyer: Items linked to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie were found Wednesday in a Florida wilderness park as the search continued for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito, a Laundrie family attorney said. Laundrie's parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, took part in the search Wednesday with the FBI and police from North Port, Florida, more than a month after Laundrie was reported missing. “After a brief search off a trail that Brian frequented some articles belonging to Brian were found,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a text to The Associated Press. “As of now law enforcement is conducting a more thorough investigation of that area.
The case has drawn worldwide interest and numerous theories online from amateur true-crime sleuths. It has also thrown a spotlight on the many missing-persons cases involving women of color who do not get a fraction of the attention given to Petito, who was white.
Here are some lingering questions:
CAN AUTHORITIES PROVE IF LAUNDRIE KILLED PETITO?
It could take a DNA match to answer that. Both sets of remains were exposed to the elements and animals for weeks.
The FBI has not said whether there are any witnesses to Petito's killing or its immediate aftermath. One piece of evidence is Laundrie's use of a debit card that didn't belong to him after Petito was listed as missing.
Human Remains Found in Florida Park Belong to Brian Laundrie, FBI Confirms
Partial remains belonging to Gabby Petito's fiancé were located in North Port, Florida, Wednesday following a 32-day searchMedical examiners used a comparison of dental records to positively identify the remains, the FBI's Denver Division wrote in a press release on Thursday.
“That would be circumstantial evidence that points to him,” said Alfredo Garcia, former dean at the St. Thomas University College of Law in Miami Gardens and a one-time Miami prosecutor. “It's a difficult proposition to establish but not impossible.”
The DNA matching effort and any use of fingerprints would be complicated by the fact that the couple were romantically involved and lived together in close quarters. But forensic experts have many techniques to solve crimes despite such obstacles.
“Reconstruction experts can do amazing things, so I would not be surprised if at some point we got a definitive, or near-definitive, conclusion that Laundrie was the killer,” said Bob Jarvis, a law professor at Florida's Nova Southeastern University.
Brian Laundrie's Remains Identified After Weeks of Searching in Gabby Petito Case
Petito's fiancé had been missing since the news of her initial disappearance and eventual death went viral."Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s," the attorney for the Laundrie family, Steven Bertolino, said in a statement to ET on Thursday. "We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundrie’s privacy at this time.
WHY DID THE LAUNDRIE SEARCH TAKE SO LONG?
Laundrie, 23, was reported missing from his home in North Port on Sept. 17, two days after he was named a person of interest in Petito's disappearance.
His family said Laundrie left home Sept. 13, telling parents Chris and Robert Laundrie he was going for a hike in the 25,000-acre (10,100-hectare) Carlton Reserve a few miles away.
Federal, state and local law enforcement officials spent weeks searching the reserve, where at one point 75% of the land had been under water. The area is home to alligators, bobcats, coyotes and snakes.
Although divers and cadaver dogs were brought in, it wasn't until the heavy late-summer rains stopped and the water receded that Laundrie's remains and a backpack and notebook belonging to him were found with his father's help.
Officials have not released the cause of death for Laundrie or said whether a note or other evidence about Petito was found.
ARE LAUNDRIE'S PARENTS IN LEGAL TROUBLE?
Prosecutors could look into obstruction of justice charges against the parents if they hid their son, but it would not be an easy case to prove, legal experts said. Petito's body hadn't yet been found during the time he was home.
“That’s a steep hill to climb,” Garcia said. “How can you establish they knew he committed the crime? Did they intentionally help him avoid detection and arrest? You have to establish knowledge and intent.”
Laundrie family hopes for answers after remains found
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Family members were hoping for more answers from law enforcement regarding the cause of death for Brian Laudrie, who was a person of interest in the death of girlfriend Gabby Petito while the couple was on a cross-country road trip, an attorney said Friday. “I was informed by law enforcement yesterday that perhaps by mid-day today we’d have some more information," the Laundries' attorney Steve Bertolino told ABC's“I was informed by law enforcement yesterday that perhaps by mid-day today we’d have some more information," the Laundries' attorney Steve Bertolino told ABC's “Good Morning America" on Friday.
Laundrie's parents have not given any media interviews and initially referred law enforcement officials to their attorney, Steven Bertolino. He said the parents cooperated with investigators and are “heartbroken” over the entire situation.
Before he disappeared, Laundrie would not talk to police, on the advice of his lawyer.
WILL THERE BE REPERCUSSIONS FOR UTAH POLICE?
The police department in Moab, Utah is conducting an internal review of officers' actions when Petito and Laundrie were stopped Aug. 12 after the two got into a scuffle.
Police body-camera video showed a distraught Petito describing a fight that escalated. A police report concluded she was the aggressor, but the only injuries consisted of a few scratches. Officers decided to separate them for the night rather than file any charges.
The question is whether the Moab officers followed policy and, if not, whether that led to further violence and possibly Petito's slaying.
WHAT ABOUT ‘MISSING WHITE WOMAN SYNDROME'?
Much was made in the media about the intense interest in Petito's case compared with the scant attention paid to numerous missing-persons cases involving women of color.
Native American women, in particular, generate little media coverage when they disappear.
In Wyoming, where Petito was found, just 18% of cases of missing indigenous women over the past decade had any media mentions, according to a state report released in January.
One sample of 247 missing teens in New York and California found 34% of white teens’ cases were covered by the media, compared with only 7% of Black teens and 14% of young Latinos, according to Carol Liebler, a communications professor at Syracuse University.
“What’s communicated is that white lives matter more than people of color,” she said.
Petito's father, Joseph Petito, said the Gabby Petito Foundation is in the formative stages and will seek to fill in any gaps that exist in the work of finding missing people.
“We need positive stuff to come from the tragedy that happened,” he said. “We can’t let her name be taken in vain.”
Lawyer: Initial autopsy inconclusive on Laundrie death cause .
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The initial autopsy on the remains of Brian Laundrie did not uncover a cause of his death and a more intensive examination will be done, a Laundrie family lawyer said Monday. Laundrie's skeletal remains found in a Florida nature preserve were positively identified last week using dental records, according to the FBI. Laundrie was the subject of a manhunt for more than a month as investigators searched for clues in the slaying of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, during their cross-country van trip together.