Gabby Petito’s body finally released by coroner

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Gabby Petito’s body was left at a local morgue for cremation by a coroner in Wyoming on Thursday.

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Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said a day earlier that Pettito had been strangled to death by hand and died three to four weeks before his body was found on September 19.

However, the coroner cited Wyoming law and said no other details of the autopsy could be released to the public.

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Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, traveled to Wyoming on Wednesday to collect his daughter’s ashes and bring them back home to Long Island, New York.

According to local news network WPBF 25, the coroner also released DNA to police to investigate his murder.

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Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundry remains a “person of interest” in the case as the police search for him continues. Mr Laundry went missing on September 17, weeks after Petito returned to Florida.

It’s unclear how strong any DNA evidence obtained from the body would be, given that Petito’s remains were exposed to the elements for a long time, state attorney Dave Aronberg was quoted as saying by WPBF 25.

Meanwhile another day of police searches at the 25,000-acre Florida Carlton Reserve, believed to be Mr Laundry’s last location, ended on Wednesday with no results.

Officials said Mr Laundry had a 50 percent chance of being alive.

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor told CNN the police search would continue despite no significant links to Mr Laundry being found in the nature reserve.

Mr Laundry initially refused to cooperate with investigators, although his father Chris Carlton joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in his search for the reserve.

On Wednesday, Mr Laundry’s father was seen mowing his lawn and ignoring questions from reporters in a Fox News video uploaded to Twitter.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Gabby Petito

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