Gabby Petito autopsy: Expert weigh in after coroner's 'manual strangulation' ruling
Amid Tuesday’s news that Gabby Petito died as a result of "manual strangulation," some of the nation’s most expert forensic pathologists are sounding off, with one explaining how medical professionally likely reached their conclusions. Dr. Cyril Wecht has been involved in some of the country’s most high-profile death investigations, including those involving President John F. Kennedy and JonBenét Ramsey. He spoke to Fox News Digital on Tuesday, immediately following Teton County Coroner Dr.
Human remains found in a Florida nature reserve belong to the boyfriend of murdered road tripper Gabby Petito, US authorities said Thursday. © Handout In bodycam images from August 2021, Gabrielle Petito speaks with police after an argument with boyfriend Brian Laundrie
The FBI said in a statement that "a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains... are those of Brian Laundrie."
Laundrie, 23, had been named a "person of interest" in the killing of Petito, 22, who was found dead in September after the couple went on a road trip across the United States. © Octavio JONES Law enforcement agencies during the search of the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve for Brian Laundrie
Petito had quit her job in New York and packed her life into a camper van for a cross-country adventure with Laundrie over the summer, documenting their journey in a stream of social media posts.
Gabby Petito Sleuth Forum Tears Itself Apart Over Cringeworthy ‘Awards’
The mysterious disappearance and death of “van-lifer” Gabby Petito has garnered an outsized amount of media attention, which has itself generated its own intense debate. Petito, 22, was strangled to death while road tripping across the U.S. with her 23-year-old fiancé, Brian Laundrie. After returning to Florida on Sept. 1 without Petito, Laundrie himself went missing shortly after being named a person of interest in the case. He has thus far not been charged with Petito’s murder, but is facing a fraud charge for allegedly using her debit card following her death.
© Handout Brian Laundrie, in an image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah
But her family filed a missing person report on September 11 after Petito mysteriously vanished, and Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.
Laundrie refused to say what happened to his girlfriend and then vanished himself, as authorities launched a nationwide search for Petito.
Petito's body was found in the wilderness of Wyoming on September 19, and investigators determined that she had been strangled.
Her death and the subsequent disappearance of the chief suspect sparked a blizzard of media coverage both in the United States and around the world.
It also triggered debate over the disproportionate attention accorded to missing white women.
Gabby Petito autopsy: Retired homicide detective says key evidence in van, cause of death should've been held
Gabby Petito’s 2012 white Ford Transit van could contain crucial evidence for obtaining a conviction in her slaying, which authorities ruled a homicide by strangulation Tuesday, according to a longtime homicide detective.Pat Diaz, who spent more than two decades of his 35-year law enforcement career with the Miami-Dade homicide unit and helped on the "Cocaine Cowboys" case, said the vehicle and phone records contain a trove of information useful to investigators.
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Police searched for Laundrie for weeks, until they discovered human remains and "items of interest" in Florida's Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, which were on Thursday confirmed to be Laundrie's.
The FBI gave no information on the cause of Laundrie's death.
Investigators said they found a backpack and notebook with the body in a swampy area of the reserve, which is home to alligators, snakes, coyotes and other wildlife.
Laundrie family lawyer Steven Bertolino said in a statement: "Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the remains found yesterday in the reserve are indeed Brian’s.
"We have no further comment at this time and we ask that you respect the Laundries' privacy."
When the body was found on Wednesday, FBI special agent Michael McPherson said an evidence response team would be on scene for several days gathering information.
Brian Laundrie manhunt: Wyoming restaurant fight is key, FBI behavioral analyst says
Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, who pioneered the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, says the argument between Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito that witnesses observed at a Wyoming restaurant on Aug. 27 may be the key to Petito's tragic fate.One of the last times Petito, 22, was seen alive involved an explosive argument between Laundrie, 23, and wait staff at a Jackson Hole restaurant called Merry Piglets, witness Nina Celie Angelo told Fox News Digital in September.
On their trip, the young couple had shared images online of themselves smiling for the camera, barefoot in a canyon and surveying ochre rocks of state and national parks.
But, after Petito's disappearance, police in Utah revealed one disturbing incident -- a domestic violence report in August.
Police bodycam footage shows a distraught Petito saying she had had an altercation with Laundrie.
Speaking to an officer after their van was pulled over, she is seen crying and saying she struggles with mental health problems.
Petito said she slapped Laundrie after an argument, but she meant no harm.
The police officer decided no charges would be brought but ordered the couple to spend a night apart to calm down.
Weeks of extensive online and media coverage of the case led to renewed debate about so-called "missing white woman syndrome" with appeals for the search effort to find Petito to be matched for other missing people.
Brian Laundrie found: Parents may have just missed discovering son themselves .
EXCLUSIVE: Brian Laundrie’s parents unknowingly walked just a few yards away from locations in a Florida nature preserve where police found her son’s personal belongings and remains Wednesday morning. When Chris and Roberta Laundrie left their home before sunrise Wednesday, only two journalists were present – a Fox News Digital reporter who followed in a separate vehicle and a Fox News Channel cameraman who remained on their street. They arrived at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park entrance at around 7:25 a.m., and two members of law enforcement arrived wearing hiking attire in a separate pickup truck.