Grisly new details have emerged after Gabby Petito’s cause of death was released by the coroner.
Ms Petito, 22, died three to four weeks before her body was found on September 19 near an undeveloped camping area along the border of Grand Teton National Park in remote northern Wyoming, Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue said in a news conference on Tuesday (local time).
The 22-year-old died of strangulation, he revealed.
KSL-TV, which sent a helicopter over the scene, reported it spotted boots above ground along with human remains near what appeared to be a blanket. The station has not release the video.
It did, however, show the footage to Kurt Morgan, a long time Salt Lake County prosecutor.
Mr Morgan told KSL-TV one of the things he noted about the case was talk of ongoing fights between Ms Petito and her fiance Brian Laundrie which turned physical. Mr Laundrie is a person of interest in this case but has not been charged with an offence. He remains missing.
But Mr Morgan said from what he saw of the scene it did not appear as though there had been fighting on the ground.
“I don’t see that here. All I see is one individual who suffered the damage and no evidence of injury created by her,” he told the station.
He added whoever discarded Ms Petito’s body did so quickly.
"This was not sitting here for five or six hours, trying to figure out how to conceal a crime,” he said.
Ms Petito’s case has led to renewed calls for people to pay greater attention to cases involving missing people of colour, with some commentators describing the intense coverage of her disappearance as “missing white woman syndrome.”
The search for Mr Laundrie has generated a frenzy, with TV personalities like Duane Chapman — known as Dog the Bounty Hunter — and longtime “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh working to track him down.
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