GABBY Petito was a victim of domestic violence, suggested the coroner who completed her autopsy, as he refused to comment on whether fiancé Brian Laundrie is a suspect.
Dr Brent Blue from Teton County coroner’s office announced during a press conference on Tuesday that Gabby was manually strangled to death after weeks of speculation.
As per Wyoming law, he refused to release any more information from the full autopsy on Gabby’s remains apart from her manner and cause of death.
However, he did remark on the media attention Gabby’s case is receiving, comparing it to domestic violence cases.
“Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence,” Dr Blue said in answer to one question.
“And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”
He was answering a query from a local radio host about his role as a small-town official in the high-profile case.
Dr Blue referred to it as a “media circus” before making the domestic violence comment.
“I’m assuming that because the deceased was a blogger, that this received more coverage than others,” he added.
“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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The remark from the coroner was unexpected.
The FBI, who is leading the case, has not officially linked Gabby’s death to domestic violence.
No suspect has been named but Brian Laundrie is a person of interest.
Dr Blue had initially said that he could not reveal more on the autopsy’s finding or the toxicology report.
He also said he could not comment on investigative matters as that falls under the FBI’s remit, not the coroner’s.
However, Dr Blue did confirm that cops had taken DNA samples from Gabby’s remains.
“He shouldn’t be concluding that,” former Miami-Dade homicide detective Pat Diaz told Fox News on Tuesday of the domestic violence remark.
“That’s just an assumption on his part.”
The speculation about domestic violence comes after body cam footage revealed a physical argument between Gabby and her fiancé two weeks before her death.
Police in Moab, Utah, received a 911 call that reported seeing Laundrie hit Gabby in the street.
She sobbed as she told officers that Laundrie grabbed her face to try to make her be quiet.
However, cops deemed her the “aggressor” after she admitted she hit Laundrie first and there were no charges pressed.
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