Laundrie Family Attorney Issues Statement Following Gabby Petito’s Cause of Death Announcement

by Samantha Whidden

Following the announcement about Gabby Petito’s official cause of death, the Laundrie Family attorney, Steve Bertolino, issued a statement about the news.

In a text message to New Nation Now’s Brian Entin, Bertolino stated, “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy. While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise.”

Bertolino continued to state that at this time Gabby Petito’s fiance is still missing and when he is located, he and the Laundrie family will address the pending fraud charges against him. 

As previously reported, the Teton Coroner’s office in Wyoming confirmed that strangulation was the official cause of Gabby Petito’s death. Along with the official cause of death, Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blue revealed that Gabby Petito’s body was outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks.

Blue also declines to say whether had any bruising. However, he did confirm that Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death. 

Why Did It Take a Month to Announce the Official Cause of Gabby Petito’s Death?

During the news conference, Dr. Brent Blue shared why it took a month to get the official cause of Petito’s death. Dr. Blue explained that officials were very exacting in their examination of the deaths. Officials were also waiting for the arrival of other specialists to help with the investigation. 

“It was just a matter of making sure we had everything right,” Dr. Blue declared when asked about Petito’s autopsy’s duration. Dr. Blue then described an ongoing “media circus” around the Gabby Petito Case. He said most homicide victims who experience domestic violence in the U.S. do not receive the same amount of attention. 

“Unfortunately, this is just one of the many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence. It’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as [Gabby Petito].”

Dr. Blue acknowledges Gabby Petito’s online presence may have been one of the reasons why her case drew so much attention. “I’m assuming that because the deceased was a blogger hat this received more coverage than others. But there are a lot of both men and women who have lost their lives that aren’t covered with this kind of media attention.”

Meanwhile, Casey Jordan, criminologist and behavioral analyst, shared with CNN where the forensic investigators found the DNA from Petito’s body may have a “more damning source” of DNA from the attacker. “Skin under the nails, trying to fight off her attacker, then that is more damning source of DNA than just a hair or fiber. That may have been found on something she was wearing,” Jordan explained.