Brian Laundrie's attorney calls Gabby Petito's death a 'tragedy' after a Wyoming coroner found she was strangled

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Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito.
Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito. North Port Police Department
  • The attorney for Brian Laundrie said the death of Gabby Petito was a "tragedy."

  • A Wyoming coroner announced Tuesday that Petito's cause of death was strangulation.

  • The autopsy concluded she died 3-4 weeks before her body was found on September 19.

The attorney for Brian Laundrie said that the death of Laundrie's fiancé, Gabby Petito, was a "tragedy" after a coroner determined she died by strangulation.

"Gabby Petito's death at such a young age is a tragedy," Steven Bertolino said. "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.

"At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him," he added.

Petito's cause of death was strangulation, a Wyoming coroner announced Tuesday. Results from the autopsy suggest Petito was killed approximately 3 to 4 weeks before her body was found on September 19, making the date of her death likely between August 22-29. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said there "will not be an exact date of death on the death certificate."

Laundrie has been missing since September 13 and has not yet been found. He remains the subject of an FBI manhunt.

Laundrie, who is a person of interest in Petito's case, returned home from his and Petito's cross-country road trip on September 1 without Petitio. Petito was then reported missing on September 11, two days before Laundrie vanished.

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