Author: Mead Grover
Cheyenne (Wyoming) – On Tuesday, the Wyoming state coroner reported that Gabby Petito, a cross-country traveler, had been strangled.
Brent Blue, Teton County coroner, said that Pettitto (22) was in an undeveloped camping site near the northern border of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19, Died 3 to 4 weeks before the body was discovered.
It is not clear whether this decision will result in additional charges against Petito’s boyfriend and travel partner Brian Laundrie, who is believed to be related to her disappearance and whose whereabouts are currently unknown.
Blue refused to divulge more information about the autopsy and the whole case. He claimed that Wyoming law restricts what the coroner can publish, which he was prevented from doing so.
Petitto traveled across the country with the laundry and visited Colorado, Utah, among other states. On September 11, her parents reported that she was missing because she did not respond to phone calls or text messages for several days during the couple’s visit to the Western National Park.
Blue had previously classified Petito’s death as homicide, which means her death was caused or contributed to by another person. However, she did not reveal how she died and is still waiting for autopsy results.
Brue claimed that he did a “detailed analysis” and concluded that Petitto was killed by strangulation.
He said, “In this instance, nothing is obvious.”
Blue said nothing about Pettitto’s physical condition—including whether she might be strangled to death by someone’s hands, ropes, or other objects—but pointed out when asked about her not being pregnant.
It is believed her body remained in wilderness for at least three to four more weeks. Her death was reported to have occurred between August 27th and 30th. Investigators suspect that Petito and Laudri were there.
Petitto’s case once again called for more attention to cases involving missing indigenous women and other people of color. Some commentators called the high number of reports about her disappearance “missing women syndrome”
A frenzy erupted when TV personality Duanechapman, also known as a bounty hunter canine, and John Walsh, long-time host of “America’s Most Wanted”, began to search for laundromats. It was a difficult task to locate him.