Gabby Petito update - live: Protesters confront Brian Laundrie’s parents after autopsy confirms cause of death

Gabby Petito update - live: Protesters confront Brian Laundrie’s parents after autopsy confirms cause of death
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The Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed on Tuesday that social media star Gabby Petito died of strangulation.

According to Dr Blue, Ms Petito died 3-4 weeks before her body was located on 19 September. The coroner said that, under Wyoming state law, he could only release the manner and cause of death. All other details concerning the autopsy are not yet open to the public.

A private investigator has meanwhile suggested Ms Petito was asphyxiated. He came to this conclusion having seen a bodycam video with Utah police, involving Ms Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie.

In Florida, the parents of Mr Laundrie, who remains missing, were confronted by two furious protesters after details of the autopsy were published.

Two people banged on the door of Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s home and shouted taunts at the family before saying: “We’ll be back. Better speak up soon.”

A police manhunt for Mr Laundrie remains without leads after a Florida nature reserve was searched and there is believed to be only a 50 per cent chance the missing man is still alive, police have said.

Josh Taylor, a North Port Police spokesperson, told CNN that nothing significant linked to Mr Laundrie has been found in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve but said that searches will continue until police receive more information.

It comes as reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, who involved himself in the search, said he was withdrawing from the operation after suffering an ankle injury.

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Key Points

  • Coroner alludes to domestic violence during Petito autopsy update

  • Teton County coroner reveals Gabby Petito died by strangulation

  • Protesters knock on door of Laundrie house, shout abuse

  • Chris Laundrie’s search efforts could be a positive sign, ex-FBI agents say

  • Experts question Brian Laundrie’s survival skills

  • What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

Gabby Petito’s death confirmed strangulation

16:31 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed yesterday that Gabby Petito died from strangulation.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more on what the coroner could - and could not - reveal about Ms Petito’s fate in the story below...

Gabby Petito autopsy confirms cause of death as strangulation

What happens if Brian Laundrie is never found?

16:03 , Graig Graziosi

Brian Laundrie has been missing for a month.

With Gabby Petito’s cause of death known, people following the case are even more frustrated that Mr Laundrie has managed to evade the authorities and avoid answering questions about his girlfriend’s final days in Wyoming.

Mr Laundrie has not been charged with murder, and - until he’s found - won’t be tried for anything.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more on how Mr Laundrie’s disappearance below...

What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

Protesters bang on Laundrie family front door and harass them after Gabby Petito cause of death announcement

15:30 , Graig Graziosi

Two protesters walked up to Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s front door in the hours after Gabby Petito’s cause of death was revealed and began shouting at the family.

Fox News captured footage of the encounter, during which the protesters pounded on the door and called them “dirty Laundries.”

“Come on, you guys like to strangle people,” one of the protesters yelled through the door. “It’s time to wake up and face the consequences.”

Brian Laundrie’s parents have not been charged with a crime.

After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, key questions remain

15:13 , Graig Graziosi

On Tuesday it was revealed that Gabby Petito died of strangulation.

With the cause of death now known, several key questions still need answered before there can be a clear understanding of the woman’s fate.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley discusses those questions below,,,

After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

Gabby Petito memorial on the Laundrie’s front lawn disrupts Chris Laundrie’s yard work

14:38 , Graig Graziosi

Protesters outside the Laundrie home have been leaving items on the family’s front lawn to create a small, makeshift memorial to Gabby Petito.

The family has largely ignored the memorial, as cameras captured on Wednesday when Chris Laundrie trimmed around the items as he worked to maintain his lawn.

The yard excursion was one of the first appearances made by Mr Laundrie’s parents since Ms Petito’s cause of death was announced on Tuesday.

Reddit moderators apologise over tasteless Gabby Petito awards

13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

A group of moderators on the forum have been forced to quit and formally apologise after admitting that awards for users on a Gabby Petito thread were “tasteless” given her disappearance and murder.

Moderators revealed the awards last week with a number of different designs relating to Ms Petito.

Her death was ruled a homicide following the discovery of her body in a Wyoming national park on 19 September but her fiance, Brian Laundrie, remains on the run from authorities, the facts of which have been widely debated on Reddit’s r/GabbyPetito thread, which has more than 150,000 followers.

Graig Graziosi has more details.

Reddit moderators apologise over tasteless Gabby Petito awards

Dog the Bounty Hunter responds to Gabby Petito autopsy

12:00 , Chris Baynes

Dog the Bounty Hunter (AKA Duane Chapman), who has been conducting his own search to trace deceased YouTuber Gabby Petito’s absconding boyfriend, has said the best decision for Brian Laundrie now would be to turn himself in.

Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed that Petito died three to four weeks before her body was discovered on 19 September. The coroner on Tuesday said that under Wyoming state law he could only release the manner and cause of death. All other details concerning the autopsy are not open to the public.

Dog, an American reality TV personality, said the coroner’s statement has “established a timeline that looks worse for Brian Laundrie.”

“His continued evasion of law enforcement makes him look guilty,” he told The Sun. “I can’t fathom how Brian’s parents can live with themselves after how they’ve stonewalled the Petito family. They need to be doing more to signal Brian to stop running.”

Chapman had previously taken it upon himself to look for Laundrie but returned to Colorado earlier this week following an ankle injury.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar has more:

Dog the Bounty Hunter responds to Gabby Petito autopsy

Why is Brian Laundrie still just a ‘person of interest’, not a suspect?

11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

As the manhunt for Gabby Petito’s missing fiance continues through the swamplands of the Carlton Reserve and angry demonstrators continue to ramp up the pressure on his family, it can be easy to forget that Brian Laundrie has not actually been charged with a crime other than the fraudulent use of her credit card.

Graig Graziosi has this explanation of why he is still not officially considered a suspect.

What is ‘person of interest’ Brian Laundrie not a suspect?

Protesters confront Brian Laundrie’s parents after autopsy reveals Gabby Petito died of strangulation

10:51 , Chris Baynes

Two furious protesters were filmed confronting Brian Laundrie’s parents after an autopsy of Gabby Petito revealed the YouTuber died of strangulation.

Two people banged on the front door of the Laundries’ home in North Port, Florida, at about 8.30pm local time and shouted taunts at the family. The incident was captured on camera.

“You guys like to strangle people with your little b***h a** son. It’s time to wake up and face the consequences,” the two can be heard screaming.

“We’ll be back. Better speak up soon,” they added.

After they left, Christopher Laundrie, the father of 23-year-old Brian, came to the door briefly before the police arrived.

The Laundrie family has been encountering similar protests since Petito’s family reported her missing on 11 September.

Bevan Hurley reports the full story here.

Six key unanswered questions about Gabby Petitos’ death following coroner’s verdict

10:30 , Joe Sommerlad

In Wyoming yesterday, Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue shed a little more light on Ms Petito’s murder but there is still a great deal we don’t know.

Bevan Hurley reviews the new information.

After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

Brian Laundrie’s sister forced to call police nine times over death threats, records show

09:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Cassie Laundrie, the sister of the wanted fugitive, has been inundated with death threats since Gabby Petito went missing, police records show.

Sheriff’s deputies have been dispatched to her Flordia home multiple times in recent weeks as “random people” have threatened to kill their family and kidnap their children, WFLA-TV reports.

Justin Vallejo has the latest.

Brian Laundrie’s sister calls police 9 times after multiple death threats

TikToker asks public how to 'survive being a Brian Laundrie lookalike'

07:03 , Maroosha Muzaffar

A TikToker who goes by the handle @bordhead went online and sought the public’s help in “surviving as a Brian Laundrie lookalike”.

In a video, he said that he was flying across the country for his cousin’s wedding the next day. “It is a pretty long flight and so if you have any tips for me on how not to get attacked or accused of being this guy.”

One user suggested: “Need a t-shirt that says, ‘Not Brian.’ Another asked him to shave. “You don’t have the same underbite it’ll be easier that way.”

It was previously reported that some Brian Laundrie doppelgangers had started wearing special T-shirts from Etsy to ensure they were not confused with the fugitive.

Several Etsy shops started selling t-shirts that read “I am just Bald. Nope I am not Brian Laundrie.”

Meanwhile, the coroner on Tuesday revealed that Gabby Petito was strangled.

Brian Laundrie, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case, is still missing.

Domestic violence survivors urge others to speak out after Gabby autopsy update

06:12 , Joe Sommerlad

Domestic violence survivors banded together on social media after the Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed the cause of Gabby Petito’s death was manual strangulation.

Dr Blue refused to divulge more details about the investigation, citing the state law, but alluded to the Petito case being connected to domestic violence - suggesting other such cases did not receive the same attention.

Police have previously released bodycam footage of officers speaking to Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie after the two got into a fight, just a couple of weeks before she went missing.

On social media, several survivors posted about their own experiences with domestic violence.

One user wrote: “I was Gabby age during my DV. It took me 7yr to get out. I have kept it deep down inside of me as I was ashamed & silent about it until this case happened. The bodycam video of her awoke something in me. I can’t explain it. I will not be silent anymore. I want to help others [sic].”

Another said: “There’s so many that have experienced DV. Aug 1991, I waited till my x husband went to work, then packed bags and went to a women’s shelter with my kids. He use to say to me “if you don’t like it there’s the door” I knew he wouldn’t let me take my kids… so I left secretly [sic].”

Yet another user said: “So many of us recognised what was going on after the first Moab video. For me, it was when Brian told the officers that Gabby was crazy. I knew right then he was totally gaslighting her and manipulating the officers.”

North Port residents devastated after Gabby autopsy update

05:38 , Maroosha Muzaffar

As the coroner revealed the cause of death of Gabby Petito, many residents of North Port, Florida — where Petito used to live with her boyfriend and his parents — were glued to their television screens.

Many said that the details surrounding Petito’s death broke their heart.

One resident, Sandra Vaughn told WFLA that her heart sunk on learning the news. She said: “Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you. My heart really breaks for you, and I hope that you can find some kind of peace somewhere, somehow.”

Ms Vaughn added: “I pray that the Laundries will come out and give you come to some kind of answers.”

Another resident Juan Rodriguez was quoted in the My Sun Coast as saying: “That’s very sad to hear. Why did he have to do that? Something had to trigger him.”

“It’s clarity now; this case is real frustrating because nothing is making any sense,” said Matt, a North Port resident. “It’s like a big circus. There are so many different factors.”

Protesters knock on door of Laundrie house, shout abuse

05:11 , Maroosha Muzaffar

On Tuesday, two protesters were filmed repeatedly knocking on the door of Brian Laundrie’s parents’ house around 8.30pm in North Port in Florida.

One of the two men could be heard shouting: “Come on, dirty Laundries,” “Come on, you guys like to strangle people,” and “We’ll be back.”

They also asked the family to “speak up soon.”

Earlier, the Teton County Coroner, Dr Brent Blue, had revealed that Gabby Petito died of “manual strangulation/ throttling.”

Mr Laundrie, who has been named as a person of interest in the homicide case, remains at large.

Dog the Bounty Hunter says he is still in Florida looking for Brian Laundrie

04:58 , Graeme Massie

Duane Chapman had been thought to have returned to Colorado after injuring himself, but told WFAL he had a “change of plans and couldn’t bring himself to leave.”

He also reacted to the results of Gabby Petitio’s autopsy, which ruled she had died from strangulation and that her body had been left in the wilderness for three to four weeks.

“Strangulation is not an accident. It looks very bad right now for the Laundrie family,” Duane Chapman told WFLA.

Coroner alludes to domestic violence during Petito autopsy update

04:55 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The Teton County Coroner who conducted an autopsy on Gabby Petito briefly alluded to domestic violence on Tuesday but refused to go into detail citing the state law.

Dr Brent Blue told the media: “Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence. And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”

Dr Blue described the attention on the Gabby Petito case as a “media circus.”

Earlier in the media briefing, the coroner revealed that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.

Woman found dead in unused police vehicle outside station

04:02 , Graeme Massie

Christina Nance, 29, was found dead inside a police van parked outside the law enforcement offices in Huntsville, Alabama. Now, her family is demanding answers.

Local media reports state that Ms Nance was discovered at around 9.15am on Thursday outside the Huntsville Public Safety Complex. A police officer found the body in an old and unused police vehicle as he was walking to a car in the parking lot.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Christina Nance: Woman found dead in unused police vehicle outside station

It was a media circus. But without the coverage it’s unlikely Gabby Petito’s body would have been found in just 8 days

02:01 , Graeme Massie

Coroner Dr Brent Blue did not seem best pleased when he was asked about the challenges of doing his job in the glare of intense media attention.

“Well, it was quite the media circus and continues to be,” said the Teton County official, as he announced that an autopsy examination had concluded Gabby Petito had been strangled to death, even as the search for her missing boyfriend continued.

Andrew Buncombe has the story.

Without the media it’s unlikely Gabby’s body would have been found in just 8 days

‘Case not closed’: Sheriff probes how 3-year-old boy missing for 3 days found alive by a ‘Good Samaritan’

Wednesday 13 October 2021 00:53 , Graeme Massie

Investigators will continue to probe the disappearance of Christopher Ramierez after the three-year-old boy was found alive in the woods by a man guided by “divine intervention”.

The toddler was found naked five miles from his Texas home after reportedly chasing a dog into the woods.

Justin Vallejo has the story.

Sheriff probes how 3-year missing for 3 days found alive by ‘Good Samaritan’

Dog the Bounty Hunter reacts to Gabby Petito autopsy results

Tuesday 12 October 2021 23:41 , Graeme Massie

Duane Chapman, better known by Dog the Bounty Hunter, returned to Colorado from Florida after picking up an injury in his search for Brian Laundrie.

“The coroner’s statement has established a timeline that looks worse for Brian Laundrie. His continued evasion of law enforcement makes him look guilty. His best decision now would be to turn himself in,” said Chapman in a statement.

“I can’t fathom how Brian’s parents can live with themselves after how they’ve stonewalled the Petito family. They need to be doing more to signal Brian to stop running.”

Gabby Petito’s mother reacts to Laudrie lawyer after coroner reveals cause of death: ‘His words are garbage’

Tuesday 12 October 2021 22:10 , Graig Graziosi

Gabby Petito’s mother has responded to the statement put out by Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino following the revelation that Ms Petito was killed by strangulation.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has Ms Petito’s response in the story below...

Gabby Petito’s mother reacts to Laudrie lawyer after coroner reveals cause of death

Reddit moderators on Gabby Petito forum apologise over “tasteless” community awards

Tuesday 12 October 2021 22:00 , Graig Graziosi

Moderators on a Gabby Petito-dedicated subreddit issued an apology over the “tasteless” use of community awards by some members of the forum community.

The moderators faced criticism from users claiming they were profiting from the woman’s death through the use of the awards.

The Independent’s Gino Spoccia has more on the story below...

Reddit moderators apologise over tasteless Gabby Petito awards

Gabby Petito was strangled so why is Brian Laundrie just a ‘person of interest’?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 21:45 , Graig Graziosi

With the revelation Tuesday that Gabby Petito was strangled, people following the case have openly wondered; why is Brian Laundrie still only considered a “person of interest?”

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi explores what the term means and how it impacts Mr Laundrie in the story below...

What is ‘person of interest’ Brian Laundrie not a suspect?

Gabby Petito’s remains will return home

Tuesday 12 October 2021 21:30 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue said that Gabby Petito’s remains were transferred to a mortuary in Wyoming and would be released to her family.

Dr Blue revealed on Tuesday that Ms Petito was killed by strangulation. Further details of the autopsy are not open to the public under Wyoming state law.

After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, key questions remain

Tuesday 12 October 2021 21:15 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed Tuesday that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.

With that information in play, several key questions remain in the case of Ms Petito’s death.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley has more in the story below...

After Gabby Petito’s death is confirmed as strangulation, these key questions remain

Gabby Petito’s mother responds to Laundrie lawyer: “His words are garbage”

Tuesday 12 October 2021 21:00 , Graig Graziosi

Gabby Petito’s mother Nichole Schmidt responded to a statement put out by Steven Bertolino, Brian Laundrie’s attorney, in response to the revelation that Ms Petito was killed by strangulation.

“His words are garbage. Keep talking,” she texted WFLA’s JB Biunno.

Teton County coroner says Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death

Tuesday 12 October 2021 20:45 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue told reporters that Gabby Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.

According to Dr Blue, Ms Petito died of strangulation 3-4 weeks before her body was found on 19 September.

The Independent’s Gustaf Kilander has more on the story below...

Coroner denies theory Gabby Petito was pregnant

Gabby Petito’s body left outside for 3-4 weeks before being found

Tuesday 12 October 2021 20:28 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue said Gabby Petito died by strangulation and was left outside for 3-4 weeks before her remains were discovered on 19 September.

The Independent’s Helen Elfer has more on the revelation below...

Gabby Petito body likely left outside for weeks before being found, coroner says

Teton County coroner reveals Gabby Petito cause of death - watch

Tuesday 12 October 2021 20:15 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed Tuesday that Gabby Petito’s cause of death was strangulation.

Watch the video of Mr Blue’s press conference below...

Laundrie family attorney issued statement in wake of Gabby Petito cause of death revelation

Tuesday 12 October 2021 20:05 , Graig Graziosi

Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie and his parents, issued a statement in response to Teton County Coroner Brent Blue’s revelation that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.

“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,” Mr Bertolino wrote. “Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise. At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”

Gabby Petito disappearance and death - full timeline

Tuesday 12 October 2021 19:54 , Graig Graziosi

Gabby Petito’s cause of death was revealed Tuesday by the Teton County Coroner Brent Blue.

Ms Petito’s death was ruled a strangulation.

For a full timeline of the Gabby Petito case, read The Independent’s timeline below...

Gabby Petito cause of death revealed as Brian Laundrie still on the run

Teton County coroner says Gabby Petito’s time of death was likely 3-4 weeks before her body was found

Tuesday 12 October 2021 19:42 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said today that Gabby Petito died of strangulation, and was likely killed 3-4 weeks before her body was discovered on 19 September.

He told reporters the autopsy took several weeks because they were “very exacting” in their examination and had to wait on specialists to assist in their work.

Gabby Petito manner of death is strangulation

Tuesday 12 October 2021 19:33 , Graig Graziosi

Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said today that Gabby Petito died from strangulation.

Mr Blue made the ruling today during a livestreamed press conference.

He said “only the cause and manner of death” would be released per state statute.

What does being a “person of interest” mean for Brian Laundrie?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 18:33 , Graig Graziosi

Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, has been on the run for nearly a month, and is currently wanted on fraud charges for using her debit card presumably after her death.

Mr Laundrie has not been charged with the woman’s death, but is considered a “person of interest” in the case.

The Independent’s Graig Graziosi delves into what a “person of interest” is and what it means for Mr Laundrie in the story below...

What does being a ‘person of interest’ mean for Brian Laundrie?

Gabby Petito memorial in Florida has been completely removed

Tuesday 12 October 2021 17:55 , Graig Graziosi

The memorial for Gabby Petito outside the North Port, Florida City Hall has been fully removed by city workers.

The items at the memorial were collected and sent to Ms Petito’s family. The city decided to remove the memorial to prevent the items left by mourners from suffering weather damage.

A permanent steel bench honouring Ms Petito will eventually stand in the location where the memorial was situated.

Everything we know about Brian Laundrie

Tuesday 12 October 2021 18:06 , Graig Graziosi

Brian Laundrie has still not been found more than a month after Gabby Petito was reported missing.

Police have been searching the Carlton Reserve, a vast protected swamp, for weeks after finding Mr Laundrie’s car parked at the reserve.

The Independent’s staff has collected everything we know about Mr Laundrie in the story below...

Everything we know about Brian Laundrie as manhunt continues

Teton County coroner’s press conference apparently not connected to Brian Laundrie charges

Tuesday 12 October 2021 17:10 , Graig Graziosi

Speculation the Teton County Coroner’s Office press conference today will come alongside a break in the search for Brian Laundrie - either in the form of new charges or his capture - appears to be wrong.

The US Attorney’s Office in Wyoming reportedly said the press conference was not connected to its office and “our office is not commenting on the case.”

Kidnapping threats made against Brian Laundrie’s sister

Tuesday 12 October 2021 16:33 , Graig Graziosi

Police reports obtained by WFLA in Tampa show that in mid to late September, after Gabby Petito’s disappearance made national headlines, Brian Laundrie’s sister Cassie faced kidnapping threats.

Ms Laundrie’s husband, James, told deputies in Manatee County that “random people” had been calling he and his wife, making threats including “killing his family and kidnapping his kids.”

Deputies visited the house numerous times in September and early October to check in on the Laundries.

Tuesday 12 October 2021 15:34 , Graig Graziosi

It has been two months since witnesses saw Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie having a fight in Moab City, Utah.

That fight would result in troubling police body camera footage showing the toxic state of the young couple’s relationship.

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley’s examines the 911 calls made by witnesses to their fight in the story below...

New 911 call reveals witness saw Brian Laundrie ‘hitting’, ‘slapping’ Gabby Petito

City of North Port tears down Gabby Petito memorial

Tuesday 12 October 2021 15:03 , Graig Graziosi

Just a little over a month has passed since Gabby Petito was reported missing, and during that time a large, makeshift memorial for her grew on the lawn outside the North Port City Hall in Florida.

The memorial included cards, drawings, photos, stuffed animals and religious iconography all remembering Ms Petito.

City workers removed those items today, boxing them up to ship to Ms Petito’s family. The items were removed to prevent them from suffering weather damage.

A timeline of Gabby Petito’s death

Tuesday 12 October 2021 14:05 , Eleanor Sly

See below for a timeline of events so far:

Family attorney believes Brian Laundrie is in Carlton Reserve as search ramps up

Wyoming coroner to give update on Gabby Petito autopsy

Tuesday 12 October 2021 13:40 , Eleanor Sly

The Wyoming coroner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito will hold a virtual news conference to discuss her post-mortem results, officials said on Monday.

Dr Brent Blue, the coroner of Teton County will speak with reporters via Zoom on Tuesday at 12.30pm and is expected to include a cause of death, nearly a month after her body was found in Wyoming.

While the coroner had ruled Petito’s death a homicide, the details about the circumstances of her death were not disclosed to the public.

Namita Singh has more:

Wyoming coroner to give update on Gabby Petito autopsy

Ex-FBI agent says that it’s likely no new information will be released in press conference

Tuesday 12 October 2021 13:07 , Eleanor Sly

A former FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer, told Brian Entin of News Nation Now that she did not expect details of Gabby Petito’s death to be released after the autopsy.

She said: “Those details are so crucial for the investigation.

“Moreover, say that specific details are released as an example that she was strangled, and later there are witnesses that say they thought they observed perhaps like strangulation - did that come from the coroner’s report and the specifics of that?

"Or was it something they really saw? So, It is very important that those kinds of details are concealed in this type of case."

Ms Coffindaffer added: "Even in the case of a situation where a killer actually confesses.

"Those details are very important for corroborating their confession.

"Those are typically not released, I would be surprised if any new details come out."

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue will speak to the media about Ms Petito’s autopsy findings at 12:30pm local time.

Q and A session to follow coroner's report

Tuesday 12 October 2021 12:29 , Eleanor Sly

At 12:30pm local time on Tuesday, the Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue will discuss the ruling on 22-year-old Ms Petito’s autopsy. This will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session, reports CNN.

Dr Blue previously ruled that Ms Petito’s manner of death was a homicide in his initial findings. However, according to the FBI, the official cause of death remained pending further autopsy results.

Meanwhile, talking about his daughter Gabby, Joseph Petito called on people to use his daughter’s adventurous spirit as an inspiration.

He said: "I want you to be inspired by Gabby, that’s what we’re looking for.

"If there’s a trip that you guys want to take, take it now. Do it now while you’ve got the time.”

Gabby Petito: Everything we know about YouTuber’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

Tuesday 12 October 2021 11:35 , Eleanor Sly

Gabby Petito, 22, the US social media star who went missing in late August during a “dream” cross-country road trip from New York to Oregon with her fiance, Brian Laundrie, 23, has been officially declared the victim of a “homicide” after her body was found in a Wyoming national park on 19 September.

Authorities confirmed two days later that the human remains they found in Grand Teton National Park belonged to Ms Petito.

In a statement, the FBI said an initial determination by Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue found that the woman had been murdered but an exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Read more here:

Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

Police should have done more to keep tabs on Laundrie, says ex-FBI agent

Tuesday 12 October 2021 11:04 , Eleanor Sly

A former FBI agent has said that police ought to have done more to stop Brian Laundrie from vanishing, following the death of his partner Gabby Petito.

Ex-FBI agent Stuart Kaplan, who works as a lawyer in South Florida, told The Sun that police should have kept better tabs on Mr Laundie to ensure that he didn’t slip through the net.

He explained: "I think hindsight being 2020, had they realised that at the very beginning this was more than a missing persons case, it may have been better served to have him in pocket. And that’s the lingo. I think certainly had he been kept in pocket, we probably would not be having this discussion.

"And that’s the lingo. I think certainly had he been kept in pocket, we probably would not be having this discussion.

"He probably would be arrested and facing prosecution, not only for the bank fraud, but also for the murder of Gabby Petito."

What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 10:29 , Eleanor Sly

The FBI have been searching for Brian Laundrie for more than three weeks, with little more than a scattered group of tips from across the country to show for their efforts.

Mr Laundrie disappeared after taking a hike into the Carlton Reserve near North Port, Florida, two days after his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was reported missing. He returned from a cross country road trip without her, and her family became suspicious after the woman failed to check in for several days.

Since then, searches in the Carlton Reserve have taken place nearly every day, but little evidence of Mr Laundrie’s presence has been located. Survival experts agree that even a highly-trained survival expert would struggle evading capture and staying alive in the swamp for weeks on end, leading them to believe Mr Laundrie is either not in the swamp, or he is dead.

Graig Graziosi has more:

What would happen if Brian Laundrie is never found?

Dog the Bounty Hunter increases reward money by $10,000

Tuesday 12 October 2021 09:46 , Eleanor Sly

Dog the Bounty Hunter has added $10,000 (£7,358) to the reward money being offered in the search for missing Brian Laundrie.

The American TV personality, whose original name is Duane Lee Chapman, revealed that he and his family would donate the money.

The reward was previously set at $170,000 (£125,060) but a representative for Mr Chapman told TMZ that money was being added to the total reward amount.

The news comes as Mr Chapman has had to pull out of the search due to an injured ankle. His team are, however, continuing the search.

‘Highly unlikely’ Brian Laundrie is still alive

Tuesday 12 October 2021 09:02 , Eleanor Sly

Police have suggested that there is a 50 per cent chance that Brian Laundrie will be found alive, with one expert saying it is “highly unlikely” he is still alive.

Josh Taylor, the police spokesperson for North Port, told CNN that nothing significant linked to Mr Laundrie has been discovered in the Carlton Reserve, Florida.

Meanwhile, Robert Urban, founder and instructor of Urban Survival Academy, told CNN that it is “highly unlikely” that someone could have survived so long in the Carlton Reserve if they did not have any professional tactics.

The 23-year-old Mr Laundrie has been missing since 14 September when he disappeared from his home in North Port having told his parents that he was going for a hike.

His fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing a few days earlier after Mr Laundrie returned from a road trip without her. Her remains were later found on 19 September.

Gabby Petito death: What does being a ‘person of interest’ mean for Brian Laundrie?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 08:28 , Eleanor Sly

Amid the frenzy of news coverage and public interest in the Gabby Petito case and subsequent search for her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, it can be easy to forget that Mr Laundrie has not actually been charged with any crimes beyond fraudulent use of her credit card.

Police have issued a warrant for Mr Laundrie’s arrest on the fraud charges, but when it comes to Ms Petito’s death, Mr Laundrie is still only considered a “person of interest.”

But what does that term actually mean, and what are the implications when law enforcement uses that term?

Graig Graziosi reports:

What does being a ‘person of interest’ mean for Brian Laundrie?

Petito could have died from asphyxiation says private investigator

Tuesday 12 October 2021 07:52 , Eleanor Sly

A private investigator has speculated that Gabby Petito could have died from asphyxiation having seen the bodycam video with Utah police

Jason Jenson, an investigator who is based in Salt Lake City, told Fox News Digital that he thinks Ms Petito’s body language in the 12 August bodycam footage from Moab, Utah could indicate that she was asphyxiated.

During the Utah incident, Ms Petito told police that Brian Laundrie, her fiancé, had grabbed her face during a domestic dispute.

“I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s manual strangulation,” Mr Jenson claimed. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s choked her before. Any victim that’s been choked before—their natural reaction is to lower their chin to their clavicle to prevent that hand from going around their throat.”

Gabby Petito homicide ‘nowhere near’ a cold case, Palm Beach County state attorney declares

Tuesday 12 October 2021 07:03 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The Palm Beach County State Attorney clarified that the Gabby Petito case is “nowhere near” to be declared a cold case.

In response to an audience question, Dave Aronberg told News Nation Now that “a case becomes cold when all investigative leads available to the primary investigators are exhausted… It is usually after a period of time. In many jurisdictions, the time is three years.”

He added that even if it is a cold case, they are periodically reviewed when new technologies can help. “They are not put aside. It [a cold case] still remains open.”

Brian Laundrie’s brother-in-law reveals threats to his family

Tuesday 12 October 2021 06:46 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Brian Laundrie’s brother-in-law, James Luycx, reveals getting “messages from random people” and threats about “killing his family and kidnapping his kids,” according to fresh documents obtained by WFLA.

Manatee County sheriff’s deputies have dropped by Cassie Laundrie and her husband’s home “numerous times” in a span of two weeks since her brother Mr Laundrie was reported missing.

The family say they have received messages from unknown members of the public threatening to kill their two young children.

Cassie Laundrie spoke out with protesters about a week ago, saying: “We’re not supposed to talk with anybody and you’re making my children cry.”

Wyoming coroner to give update on Gabby Petito autopsy

Tuesday 12 October 2021 06:19 , Maroosha Muzaffar

The Wyoming coroner, who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito, will hold a virtual news conference on Tuesday to discuss her post-mortem results, officials said on Monday.

Read the full story here:

Wyoming coroner to give update on Gabby Petito autopsy

What to expect during the coroner’s press conference?

Tuesday 12 October 2021 05:39 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Jason Jenson, a Salt Lake City-based private investigator, suggested that the Teton County Coroner’s office might discuss the results of a post-mortum toxicology test on Tuesday — which detects drugs in a body.

Dr Brent Blue announced that he will address the media and give an update on the ruling on Gabby Petito’s autopsy on Tuesday via Zoom at 2.30pm EST.

Mr Jenson told Fox News: “I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s manual strangulation. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s choked her before. Any victim that’s been choked before — their natural reaction is to lower their chin to their clavicle to prevent that hand from going around their throat.”

He also said that the cause of death might be asphyxiation. Gabby Petito was found dead in Wyoming after she went missing on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

Meanwhile, former FBI agent Jennifer Coffindaffer told Brian Entin of News Nation Now that the “coroner is going to reveal the official results, however, I’ll be very very surprised if he reveals the exact cause of death.”

Teton County Coroner to give Petito autopsy update on Tuesday

Tuesday 12 October 2021 04:28 , Maroosha Muzaffar

Teton County Coroner, Dr Brent Blue, is holding a press conference on Tuesday regarding the ruling on the autopsy of Gabby Petito.

The press conference will be hosted on Zoom at 12.30pm EST (2.30pm Mountain Time).

On 19 September, the FBI discovered Petito’s remains at a campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

She was declared a victim of homicide. And her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, was named a person of interest in the case. Even though he has not been charged with anything related to the homicide, he has a federal arrest warrant on his name for debit card fraud.

Dr Blue, during the press conference, might also reveal Petito’s time and cause of death, reports said.

The key questions, one month after Gabby Petito was reported missing

Tuesday 12 October 2021 02:00 , Alex Woodward

Where is Brian Laundrie? How did Gabby Petito die? And why did the Laundries go camping, while ignoring desperate requests for help from the Petitos?

The Independent’s Bevan Hurley dives into the unanswered questions after her death:

One month after Gabby Petito was reported missing, these key questions remain

One month after she was reported missing, everything we know about the Gabby Petito case

Tuesday 12 October 2021 00:45 , Alex Woodward

Gabby Petito, from Blue Point, Long Island, was last seen on 24 August when she checked out of a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, with Brian Laundrie, her partner of two and a half years.

The 22-year-old was declared the victim of a “homicide” after her body was found in a Wyoming national park on 19 September.

Mr Laundrie was named a “person of interest” but was last seen nearly a month ago himself.

Here’s everything we know so far:

Everything we know about Gabby Petito’s murder on ‘dream’ road trip

Ex-FBI agent says agency ‘spread too thin' to keep up manhunt

Sunday 10 October 2021 18:38 , Helen.Elfer

The FBI doesn’t have the resources to carry on its intensive manhunt for Brian Laundrie, says a former agent.

Stuart Kaplan told The Sun: “The agency is spread too thin with not enough resources to really be able to be as effective as they could be in kind of sticking to their mission statement. And basically the FBI’s mission statement, to be quite frank, is the national security of the United States.”

Police confirmed the FBI is leading the search for the missing fiancée of Gabby Petito, but Mr Kaplan warned: “The FBI is not tasked or mandated to investigate homicides [...] routinely a single homicide is not within the jurisdiction of the FBI.”

“Do I think that they can sustain 24 hours, seven days a week searching for this guy? Absolutely not. That’s ridiculous.” he added. “I don’t want to sound callous or heartless, but it’s a homicide of one person as tragic as it is.”

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