Coroner determines Gabby Petito died by strangulation

New details continue to emerge from the ongoing investigation into the death of Gabby Petito.

On Tuesday, a Wyoming medical examiner determined that she died as a result of strangulation.

“No other information will be released”

The finding bolsters Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue’s initial assessment that her death appeared to be a homicide.

According to CBS News, Blue declined to provide many additional details regarding how he arrived at his determination. His report also offered no news regarding who might have been responsible for Petito’s death.

Blue did conclude, however, that she likely died between three and four weeks before her body was discovered on Sept. 19.

“We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be, the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” the medical examiner said during a press conference this week. “By Wyoming state statute, no other information will be released about the autopsy.”

One detail that was included in the statement was that Petito was not pregnant at the time of her death.

“Only one of many deaths”

While Blue indicated that she had likely been dead for weeks when her remains were recovered, she was seen alive on Aug. 27, which was just over three weeks prior to the discovery at a national park in Wyoming.

Arrangements are now underway to return her body from Wyoming to her family in Long Island, New York. Richard Stafford, an attorney for Petito’s parents, said the return of her remains is a “top priority.”

As much of the nation remains enthralled in the crime drama playing out in the press, Blue provided some pushback against the “media circus” that has grown out of the case since Petito was first reported missing on Sept. 11.

The focus of that coverage has increasingly hinged on the search for Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, who disappeared days before her body was found and is considered by police to be a person of interest.

“Unfortunately, this is only one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence, and it’s unfortunate that these other deaths did not get as much coverage as this one,” the coroner said. “I’m assuming, because the deceased was a blogger, that this received more coverage than others but there are a lot of both men and women who have lost their lives that aren’t covered with this kind of media attention.

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