Gabby Petito body likely left outside for weeks before being found, coroner says

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Teton County Coroner Brent Blue has said Gabby Petito’s death was likely three to four weeks before her body was found.

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Dr. Blue said during a press conference today that Gabby Petito died of strangulation, and believes her body was in the woods for several weeks before it was discovered at a Wyoming campsite.

He told reporters that the autopsies took several weeks because they were “very accurate” in their exams and that they had to wait for experts to assist with their work.


The vague details came as officers continued to search for her fiancé, Brian Laundry, who was traveling with her before she died.

Gabby Petito’s body was found on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. It was not given during the press conference whether she died at the place where she was found, or whether her body was buried.

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However, Dr. Blue confirmed that Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.

The coroner said the manner of his death is still believed to be a homicide, in confirmation of preliminary autopsy results released last month.

He said “only the cause and manner of death” would be issued per state statute and did not share details of how the autopsy results were determined.

Dr Blue also did not comment on who was responsible for his death.

Gabby Pettito went missing during a cross-country road trip with Mr. Laundry, who returned home without her. He went missing from his family home on September 13 and is the subject of a major search which is still on. Mr Laundry, a man interested in the case, is also wanted by the FBI on charges of bank fraud.

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