Author: Mead Grover
Cheyenne, Wyoming (AP). On Tuesday, Wyoming’s state coroner declared that Gabby Petito was dead after he strangled her cross-country traveler.
Brent Blue, Teton County Coroner, stated at a press conference on September 19 that Pettitto (22), was close to an undeveloped camping area in northern Wyoming near the border of Grand Teton National Park. He died three to four weeks prior to the body being found.
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 took a cross-country journey with the laundry to visit Colorado, Utah, as well as 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 previously categorized Petito’s death in homicide. This means that she died from an accident. But, she didn’t disclose the circumstances of her death.
Brue claimed that a “detailed analysis”, led him to conclude 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.
Her body was believed to have remained in the wilderness for between three and four 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”
The frenzy started with TV personality Duanechapman (known for his bounty hunting dog), and John Walsh, the long-time host of America’s Most Wanted. We worked hard to find him.