Crime Van-Lifer Gabby Petito Was Strangled to Death, Coroner Says
Gabby Petito's Father Says His Late Daughter Is 'Already Saving Lives': 'So Many Stories'
Joe Petito said his late daughter has given others the courage to leave toxic relationships in an emotional message shared on social media Petito's finacé Brian Laundrie is now wanted in connection with Gabby's disappearance. The 23-year-old was initially identified as a person of interest, but refused to offer details to investigators about his fiancée's whereabouts. Laundrie has since gone missing, leading to a massive manhunt. Much of the search has been largely centered near his parents' home in North Port, Fla.
Doomed “van-lifer” Gabby Petito died by strangulation, Teton County, Wyoming, Coroner Brent Blue announced Tuesday.
“By Wyoming state statute, only the cause and manner of death are released,” said Blue, who. “The autopsy findings and photographs and that sort of material [will not be] released.”
Law enforcement collected DNA samples from Petito’s remains, according to Blue, who declined to provide details but said her “body was outside for three to four weeks.” That means Petito was killed sometime in mid to late August. She was not pregnant at the time of her death, said Blue.
‘I Don’t Know if My Parents Are Involved:’ Brian Laundrie’s Sister Speaks to Protesters, ABC News
The sister of wanted man Brian Laundrie on Monday evening confronted protesters outside her home on video in a nearly 20 minute discussion obtained by NewsNation. Cassie Laundrie and her husband James Luycx were not pleased by the small assembly — which was widely publicized in the leadup to a formal sit-down interview with ABC News. The post ‘I Don’t Know if My Parents Are Involved:’ Brian Laundrie’s Sister Speaks to Protesters, ABC News first appeared on Law & Crime.
The 22-year-oldcaptured the nation’s imagination—a case made only more mysterious by the , who vanished two days after being . Laundrie, 23, has not been charged in Petito’s death but the missing man was indicted by federal prosecutors in September for in Wyoming shortly after Petito was last seen alive.
“I’m not going to say anything on it right now,” Petito’s father, Joe, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday morning, saying that he simply planned to give the coroner space to “let him do what he’s gonna do.”
Asked how he’s been holding up throughout this process, Joe Petito said the family is “leaning on each other when we need to. And we’ve got a lot to do.”
Gabby Petito's Family Says Brian Laundrie Stole Her Credit Card to Go Home to Florida
Gabrielle Petito's family alleges that Brian Laundrie stole his slain girlfriend’s credit card to travel home to Florida at the beginning of SeptemberDuring Tuesday's episode of Dr. Phil, family spokesperson Richard Stafford told Dr. Phil McGraw that they believe that Laundrie used the card to cover his expenses to drive back to North Port, Fla. -- and then evaded authorities when he arrived home. (A clip of the episode is shown below.
Laundrie returned on Sept. 1 to the North Port, Florida, home he and Petito shared with Laundrie’s parents. But Petito, inexplicably, was nowhere to be found. She was reported missing 10 days later by her parents, who. Petito's body was discovered Sept. 19 in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. She and Laundrie had been visiting U.S. national parks across the country on a months-long road trip. The two appeared to be living an idyllic existence out of Petito’s 2012 Ford Transit Connect van, posting footage online of themselves traveling happily together.
However, the strain of traveling in such close quarters for months on end had elevated tensions between the two,. The couple got into a physical altercation on Aug. 12, while in Moab, Utah, the document revealed. A witness called 911 to report the two were fighting on a public sidewalk, and that .
Gabby Petito: Authorities to provide more details on the final autopsy report, more than a month after she was reported missing
Gabby Petito's disappearance and death have sparked many questions and stoked national attention, and on Tuesday a piece of the mystery could be revealed as authorities are scheduled to provide an update on her final autopsy report. The Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue will discuss the ruling on 22-year-old Petito's autopsy at 12:30 pm local time (2:30 pm ET) and will follow up with a brief question-and-answer session, according to a news release from his office.
Later, cops apparently changed their minds about the incident, and decided that Petito had been the aggressor. Another witness told police that Laundrie locked Gabby out of the van, to which she responded by hitting him in the arm and trying to climb into the vehicle through the window. Laundrie “tried to create distance” by telling Petito to take a walk and calm down, the police report stated. But Petito “didn’t want to be separated” from Laundrie, who grabbed Petito’s face and “pushed her back as she pressed upon him and the van,” it continued. The argument began over a phone, the police report stated.
The two told police that “they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” the police report said, adding that Laundrie “did not exhibit any indicators that he may be a victim of ‘battered boyfriend syndrome,’” and that he was “assessed to be at low risk of danger or harm as a result of his proximity” to Petito.
In, Petito tells an officer that the two had been arguing over “personal issues.”
Gabby Petito Died from Strangulation, Medical Examiner Says
The 22-year-old woman's death was ruled a homicide last month following an autopsy by the Teton County Coroner's Office, but further findings were not revealed until TuesdayThe full autopsy results come more than three weeks after her body was found in Grand Teton National Park, ending a grueling search for the 22-year-old woman, whose mysterious disappearance during a road trip with her fiancé sparked nationwide conversation.
“I have really bad OCD, and I was just cleaning and straightening up the van before and apologizing to him and saying, ‘I’m sorry that I’m so mean,’ because sometimes I have OCD and sometimes I just get really frustrated,” Petito tells the cop. “I guess my vibe is like, I’ve really been in a bad mood.”
Both said they suffered from severe anxiety, and cops ultimately decided the event was a “mental/emotional health ‘break’” and not an assault. In the bodycam video, one of the cops can be seen on video telling Petito that he has “decided not to cite you for domestic violence battery.”
“I am separating you tonight,” he says to her. “I want you guys both to be tonight, away from each other, relax, breathe… I understand that this can feel like it’s a nightmare, but you’re coming out as the golden flower on top of it all.”
The cops released Petito’s van back to her, gave her the name of a facility where they said she could shower for “four or five bucks,” and got Laundrie a motel room for the night.
In the bodycam video, an officer driving Laundrie to the motel tells him, “I told her to go take a shower… cause she seems a lot like my wife. And things that really work for my wife is when she gets stressed out, to take a long hot shower.”
Before Laundrie went missing, he had refused to speak with investigators about what happened to Petito. His lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told The Daily Beast in a statement at the time that he advised Laundrie to continue keeping his lips sealed.
“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first person law enforcement focuses their attention on in cases like this and the warning that ‘any statement made will be used against you’ is true, regardless of whether my client had anything to do with Ms. Petito’s disappearance,” Bertolino said in an email.
The search for Laundrie has so far been focused on the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre wilderness area in Florida’s Sarasota County. Laundrie’s parents told investigators on Sept. 17 that their son headed to the reserve on Sept. 14, but then revised their story to say he had in fact gone there on Sept. 13.
Authorities have combed the area for any sign of Laundrie over the past weeks, using drones, divers, and dogs to look for clues. Laundrie’s parents, who have reportedly received death threats, will not take a polygraph test, according to Bertolino.
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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.