Gabrielle Petito Died From Strangulation, Coroner Says

by 24USATVOct. 13, 2021, 1 a.m. 24
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Gabrielle Petito, the Florida woman whose disappearance led to a wide-ranging investigation into her fiancé, who returned home without her from a cross-country trip before disappearing himself, died from strangulation, the authorities said on Tuesday.

Dr. Brent Blue, the Teton County, Wyo., coroner, did not disclose at a news briefing how Ms. Petito was strangled. He said her body had been outside for three to four weeks before it was found on Sept. 19 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, in Wyoming.

The Teton County Coroner’s Office had determined on Sept. 21 that her death was a homicide, but Dr. Blue said on Tuesday that he did not know the exact day Ms. Petito died.

“There will not be an exact date of death on the death certificate,” he said.

Dr. Blue revealed little else about the condition of Ms. Petito’s body, though he said she was not pregnant at the time of her death. (Rumors had circulated that she was pregnant.) The authorities conducted a toxicology test on her body, which is being held at a local mortuary, but did not disclose the results. Dr. Blue directed further questions about the homicide to the F.B.I.

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