Authorities to provide more details on Gabby Petito’s final autopsy report, more than a month after she was reported missing

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Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue will discuss 22-year-old Petito’s autopsy at 12:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) and follow up with a brief question-and-answer session. A news release from his office.

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Blue had previously ruled the manner of his death a homicide in his preliminary findings, but the cause of death remained pending further autopsy results, according to the FBI.

Her parents first reported her missing on September 11, and after an extensive search, her remains were found on September 19 in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.


Petito’s body was found five to 10 minutes’ walk from where his van was last seen in Wyoming, his mother Nicole Schmidt and stepfather Jim Schmidt said in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw last week. Was.

Her case has sparked heartbreak, outrage and intrigue among most of the public, but it has also exposed the stories of thousands of missing persons who are not so intensely interested. As of the end of 2020, there were approximately 90,000 active missing person cases. National Crime Information Center. Few missing persons cases are handled with as much urgency and national attention as Petito’s.
The mystery deepens after the disappearance of Laundry, who went for a hike at a local Florida nature reserve shortly after Petito was reported missing, according to his parents.

Laundry has not been charged with Petito’s death, but he was charged with using two financial accounts that did not belong to him in the days following his death.

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What We Know About Petito’s Last Days

From posts on social media, Petito’s final days looked idyllic. But after her disappearance was reported, accounts of the escalating conflict between the couple came to the fore.

Petito called his mother regularly, and those conversations revealed that there was “greater tension” in Petito’s relationship, according to a police affidavit with a search warrant for an external hard drive found in the couple’s van.

On August 27, a “strange text” from Petito worried his mother that something was wrong, according to a search warrant.

According to the affidavit, “Can you help Stan, I keep getting his voicemails and missed calls.” According to the affidavit, Stan was a reference to Petito’s grandfather, to whom his mother said Petito never made such a reference.

According to audio provided by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office in Moab, Utah, during their visit, the couple was stopped by police when a 911 caller told dispatchers on August 12 that they saw a man hitting a woman. Saw it happen

The caller said, “We passed by and the gentleman was slapping the girl.” “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, jumped into the car and off they went.”

Granthshala obtained a dispatch audio recording from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office last month that sheds more light on what Moab police were told of “some sort of dispute.”

And on August 27, a witness described an “uproar” as they were leaving Mary Piglet’s Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.

Witness Nina Angelou said Petito was in tears and the laundry was seen angrily going in and out of the restaurant several times, the hostess showing anger towards the staff around the stand. The couple’s waitress was also shaken by the incident, said Angelou, who told Granthshala she did not see any violence or physical altercation between Petito and the laundry.

A manager of Mary Piglets, who declined to be named, witnessed “an incident” at the restaurant and called the FBI, she told Granthshala. The manager declined to explain what happened and said the restaurant did not have surveillance video of the incident.

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A police spokesman told Granthshala’s Randy Kaye that before her disappearance, police in North Port were monitoring the laundry as best they could legally.

Investigators said Laundry’s parents told them on September 17 that he had left the house a few days earlier and was on his way to the nearby Carlton Reserve – a search of 25,000 acres of the nature reserve. Initially, his parents said he left on September 14, but last week, Laundry family attorney Steven Bertolino said, “We now believe that the day Brian took the preserve was Monday, September 13. ”

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He didn’t take his cell phone and wallet with him when he left, and his parents were concerned he might hurt himself, a source close to Laundry’s family told Granthshala’s Chris Cuomo.

At the time, Laundry was not wanted in connection with a crime, but North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said there was “too much pressure” on Laundry to respond to Pettito’s disappearance.

The FBI searched Laundry’s home on September 20, removing several items and a Ford Mustang convertible.

Then attention turned to the Carlton Nature Preserve, where officials used drones, dive teams and bloodhounds to traverse a swampland full of snakes and alligators.

More than a week after the laundry was searched, the FBI went back to her parents, asking for their personal items for assistance with DNA matching. Laundry’s attorney, Bertolino, told several news outlets that they provided what they could.

Bertolino said Laundry’s father has participated in a nature reserve search for him, but he has no plans to help police search and the couple will not take a polygraph test.

Members of the public leave flowers at Gabby Petito's memorial site on September 26, 2021 in Blue Point, Long Island, New York.

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The recognition of Petito’s remains sparked mourning and memorials across the country – for those who knew him as well as for those who felt connected to him.

Joseph Petito described his daughter in praise as a “happy girl” to whom people would be attracted. She welcomed others, she said, and she loved being outside, scuba diving, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or snowboarding the sand dunes in Colorado.

Timeline of 22-year-old Gabby Petito's case

“I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’ve been looking for,” said Joseph Petito. “If there’s a trip you guys want to take, take it now. When you have time, do it now.”

“If there’s a relationship you’re in that might not be the best thing for you, just leave it,” he said, an apparent reference to his daughter’s relationship with laundry.

Petito’s stepfather, Jim Schmidt, also gave a eulogy, telling the gathering, “Parents shouldn’t bury their kids. That’s not how it’s supposed to work.”

Petito “provides an example for all of us to live by,” Schmidt said, “to enjoy every moment in this beautiful world as it did – to love and be loved by all as it did. “

Granthshala’s Kari Pritcher, Jen Selva, Christina Maxouris and Amir Vera contributed to this report.


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