Experts Reveal Key Findings of Gabby Petito Autopsy Report
On September 11th, 2021, the remains of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito were discovered in a remote area of Wyoming. The 22-year-old had been reported missing by her family on September 11th after she and her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, had been traveling across the country in a van. Petito’s death quickly garnered national attention and many were anxiously waiting for the results of her autopsy report. These findings were finally released on October 12th, 2021, and they provide a clearer picture of how Petito died.
The autopsy report was performed by the Teton County Coroner’s Office, and according to Dr. Brent Blue, who oversaw the case, the findings were determined to be homicide. The report revealed that Petito died of strangulation, caused by a “manual assault.” According to Dr. Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist, “manual assault” refers to someone using their hands or fingers to exert pressure on the neck.
The autopsy report also revealed that Petito had multiple injuries to her body, including a “petechial hemorrhage” in both eyes. This type of hemorrhage is often associated with strangulation, as it occurs when the small blood vessels in the eyes rupture due to the pressure on the neck. Petito also had a laceration on her lower lip and bruises on her left forearm.
The report notes that Petito’s remains were partially clothed and were found in an area where bears are known to be present. However, there were no indications of animal activity contributing to her death.
Many have speculated on whether Brian Laundrie was involved in Petito’s death. However, at the time of the autopsy report’s release, Laundrie was still missing. A federal arrest warrant had been issued for him in connection with his alleged use of a debit card that did not belong to him after Petito’s death. On October 20th, Laundrie’s remains were discovered in a Florida nature reserve. The FBI has ruled his death as suicide.
The key findings of the autopsy report shed light on the likely cause of Petito’s death and have sparked conversations around domestic violence and emotional abuse. Petito’s case has also highlighted the importance of bystander intervention and reporting concerning behavior.
In the days leading up to her disappearance, Petito posted on social media that she had been experiencing worsening mental health and relationship issues with Laundrie. Bodycam footage from an encounter with police during the couple’s travels showed Petito crying and shaking, while Laundrie appeared calm.
Interpersonal violence can take many forms and is not always physical. Emotional abuse and manipulation can often create a power dynamic that is difficult to break free from. It is important to recognize signs of abuse in relationships and to seek help if needed.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) is available 24/7 and offers support, education, and resources to those experiencing domestic violence. It is never too late to seek help.
In conclusion, the autopsy report of Gabby Petito revealed that she died of strangulation caused by a “manual assault.” The report provided insight on the injuries Petito sustained and shattered the hope of many who were hoping for a different outcome. The case has sparked important conversations around domestic violence and the importance of bystander intervention. As the nation continues to process this tragedy, it is crucial to remember Gabby and the loved ones she has left behind.