Upon finding human remains in the Grand Teton area of Wyoming that matched the description of Gabby Petito, officials conducted an autopsy right away. This all took place weeks ago and Gabby’s family has since spoken about the tragic process of identifying her body. The initial results released the manner of death as a homicide, without speaking to the details or cause of death.
Officials then held onto her body for reasons unbeknownst to her family or the public. As of two weeks ago, the Petitos reported that they were still waiting to “bring her home.” Multiple experts cited this decision to hold back her remains as “unusual.”
Now, on Tuesday, October 12th, the Grand Teton Coroner’s office in Wyoming has provided a much-anticipated update. Though it does not answer every question regarding the ongoing investigation, the Coroner’s office ruled strangulation as the manner of the death.
What Gabby Petito’s Cause of Death Means for the Case
The strangulation cause-of-death bombshell finding is hard to process for a lot of people. The announcement comes from Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue, who also released the initial autopsy findings.
In one sense, this new information actually complicates the investigation that much more.
Even in the midst of the tragic news, though, the silver lining comes in the fact that it means one step closer to finding closure for the Petito/Schmidt family. After hearing what happened to their daughter, the family still deserves answers to why it happened. The key to that mystery may only be unlocked with the apprehension of Brian Laundrie.
The Search for Brian Laundrie Gains Pressure
The FBI recently made a statement saying the body found in North Carolina is not connected to Brian Laundrie at this point in time. Something of note from their statement is the fact that it’s the first time they’ve referred to Brian as a “fugitive.”
“The body discovered along the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, October 9, 2021, is part of an ongoing investigation. At this time, there is no evidence to connect or any reason to believe it is related to the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie.”
Brian Entin shares an interview with a Florida state attorney, answering some of the public’s most frequently asked questions. The lawyer speaks to “Attorney-Client Privilege” and answers whether or not Brian Laundrie’s lawyer would legally have to disclose his whereabouts if he knew them. Turns out, the answer legally is no.
If the Laundrie family attorney knows where Brian is – is that covered under attorney/client privilege? Does he have to tell the FBI?— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) October 12, 2021
One of your questions Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg answered tonight.@aronberg @MarniHughesTV pic.twitter.com/Ac0qKi0LTQ
North Port Police spokesperson, Josh Taylor, also tells reporters: “We need to find something. I think there’s so much attention on this. I don’t know that this case would ever get to be a cold case.”