Medical Examiner Releases Gabby Petito's Cause of Death

Medical Examiner Releases Gabby Petito's Cause of Death


Medical Examiner Releases Gabby Petito's Cause of Death


On Tuesday a Grand Teton medical examiner disclosed that missing hiker and YouTube personality, Gabby Petito died from strangulation.

The 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.

On Sept. 21, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue announced that Petito died by homicide, but further findings about her cause of death were not initially disclosed.

Blue told members of the media in Tuesday’s press conference that under Wyoming state law, he is unable to divulge many details of the autopsy, however, he did confirm that Petito was not pregnant at the time that she died.

Petito and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, had embarked on a cross-country journey in July, traveling from Florida to New York in their white Ford van, then heading west. Petito documented their adventures on her YouTube channel and planned to start a blog about their new “vandwelling” lifestyle.

The couple’s travels appeared to be going well until late August, when Petito’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, stopped hearing from her while she was staying in Grand Teton National Park. More than two weeks after their last conversation, Schmidt learned that Laundrie had quietly returned to his parents’ Florida home without her daughter.

Petito wasn’t reported missing until Sept. 11, 10 days after Laundrie allegedly arrived back in Florida. On Sept. 15, he was named a person of interest in his fiancée’s disappearance.

On Sept. 17, the Laundrie family spoke with the FBI for the first time — but instead of getting answers about Petito’s disappearance, investigators say they were informed that Laundrie himself had now gone missing, launching a second missing persons case to locate Petito’s fiancé.

As of Tuesday, Laundrie has still not been located despite exhaustive searches in a Florida wildlife preserve, where he is believed to have gone hiking on the day that he vanished.

Authorities have yet to name a suspect in Petito’s disappearance and homicide.


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