Gabi Pettito: An American woman strangled to death .. A forensic doctor reveals | US news
The coroner announced that Gabi Pettito had been strangled to death after an autopsy.
It was the 22-year-old American woman who disappeared while on a road trip with her boyfriend found dead In Wyoming on September 19 – a week after her parents were reported missing – the case made headlines across America.
The Teton County Coroner, Dr. Brent Blow, told a news conference that the level of decomposition of the body indicated she had died three to four weeks before her remains were discovered.
Ms. Pettito’s family was informed of the results of the medical examination prior to the news briefing.
There is a lot of effort to track it down Boyfriend and travel partner Brian Laundry Who is considered a person concerned about her disappearance and whose fate remains unknown. It has been missing for nearly a month.
Dr Blow said he could not comment on who committed the murder, as this was “down to law enforcement”.
He said the autopsy took more than three weeks to complete and included specialists and an analysis of toxicology test results.
DNA evidence was taken from Ms Pettito’s body, but the coroner did not say who she belonged to. Dr. Blue declined to comment further on the autopsy, citing Wyoming law that limits what investigators can release.
The couple had been visiting national parks in the western United States in a Ford Transit truck and documented the trip on social media.
A body cam showed police the two being arrested in Utah in August after they got into a fight, with an officer separating the couple.
No charges were filed, but police ordered the two to stay in separate residences overnight.
Mrs. Pettito’s body was eventually found in an undeveloped camping area surrounded by woodland and trees, about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Jackson, Wyoming.
Television personalities including Duane Chapman – better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter – and most wanted American host John Walsh have started their own searches for Mr. Laundrie.
Earlier this month, the police released New bodycam video Ms Pettito told the officers that while her boyfriend hit her, she hit him first.
The case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to issues relating to missing Aboriginal women and other people of color, with some commentators describing the extensive coverage of her disappearance as “The Missing White Woman Syndrome”.
Federal officials in Wyoming last month charged Mr. Laundry with unauthorized debit card use, alleging that he used a Capital One bank card and someone’s PIN to make unauthorized withdrawals or charges more than $1,000 during the period in which Pettito was lost.