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Watch live as coroner gives update on Gabby Petito autopsy

Gabby Petito’s parents are flying to Wyoming just one day after Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed that their daughter was killed by manual strangulation. Ms Petito’s family will collect her remains after a weeks-long autopsy.

According to Dr Blue, Ms Petito died 3-4 weeks before her body was located on 19 September. The coroner said that, under Wyoming state law, he could only release the manner and cause of death. All other details concerning the autopsy are not however open to the public.

A private investigator has meanwhile suggested Ms Petito was asphyxiated. He came to this conclusion having seen a bodycam video with Utah police, involving Ms Petito and her fiance, Brian Laundrie.

In Florida, the parents of Mr Laundrie, who remains missing, were confronted by two furious protesters after details of the autopsy were published.

Two people banged on the door of Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s home and shouted taunts at the family before saying: “We’ll be back. Better speak up soon.”

A police manhunt for Mr Laundrie remains without leads after a Florida character save was searched and there is believed to be only a 50 per cent chance the missing man is nevertheless alive, police have said.

Josh Taylor, a North Port Police spokesperson, told CNN that nothing meaningful connected to Mr Laundrie has been found in the 25,000-acre Carlton save but said that searches will continue until police receive more information.

It comes as reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, who involved himself in the search, said he was withdrawing from the operation after experiencing an ankle injury.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter shows up at Brian Laundrie’s sister’s home

Duane Chapman is nevertheless in Florida and headed to the home of Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, to try and discuss the case, according to TMZ.com.

Cassie has said she does not know where her missing brother is, and has reportedly called police to her home nine times amid death threats to her family.

And Dog did not have any luck as there was no answer at the home when he knocked, says TMZ.

Graeme Massie14 October 2021 04:47

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Elizabeth Smart opens up about Gabby Petito case

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped and held captive for nine months as a 14-year-old, says that it is “heartbreaking” knowing what Ms Petito likely went by in the last few weeks of her life.

“In Gabby’s case in particular, I average, I was alive, and I came home, and hers tragically has not ended that way,” Ms Smart, who now works as a victims rights activist, said on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk show.

“But knowing what it’s like being on the other side and potentially what may have happened and what may have led up to her final moments, and understanding probably a lot of what she was feeling, it’s heartbreaking.”

Graeme Massie14 October 2021 03:30

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Remains found in California search for Lauren Cho

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says that it found human remains last Saturday during its search for Lauren Cho, who went missing in June.

Officials say that the identification course of action could take several weeks.

“During the search, unidentified human remains were located in the tough ground of the open desert of Yucca Valley. The remains were transported to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Division where staff will work to clarify the remains and determine a cause of death.

“The identification course of action could take several weeks. No further information will be released until the identity of the deceased has been confirmed.”

Graeme Massie14 October 2021 02:30

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Dog the Bounty Hunter trying to speak to Brian Laundrie sister

Duane Chapman is nevertheless in Florida and headed to the home of Brian Laundrie’s sister, Cassie, to try and discuss the case, according to TMZ.com.

Cassie has said she does not know where her missing brother is, and has reportedly called police to her home nine times amid death threats to her family.

Graeme Massie14 October 2021 01:28

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Coroner clarifies that Gabby Petito likely strangled ‘with human hands’

The coroner who performed the autopsy on Gabby Petito has clarified that she was likely strangled “with human hands.”

Teton County, Wyoming Coroner Brent Blue explained his findings in more detail during an interview with NewsNation Now the day after announcing that Ms Petito died by “manual strangulation/throttling.”

“Throttling generally method that it was done with human hands as opposed to an instrument,” Mr Blue told the outlet.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be, but manual strangulation basically method it was not done with equipment.”

He also revealed that Ms Petito was likely left in the wilderness for three to four weeks before the discovery of her body last month.

Graeme Massie14 October 2021 00:15

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John Walsh speculates Brian Laundrie fled to Mexico in new TV special

The America’s Most Wanted great number says in Gabby Petito: ID Special Report that Mr Laundrie may have slipped across the border.

“We’ve had over a thousand substantial tips to the ‘In Pursuit’ hotline. Most of them are about my theory of his father driving him to the Mexican border and letting him go by Mexico,” said Walsh.

“It’s a great time to be heading south, because [there are] thousands of refugees … I average, he could walk across the border naked with his hair on fire, and nobody would notice him,” Walsh says. “I think that’s maybe where he’s hiding — and somebody might be helping him.”

(AP)

Graeme Massie13 October 2021 23:15

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Gabby Petito’s mother responds to Laundrie family lawyer statement

Gabby Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, responded to Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino’s comments following the announcement that her daughter died of strangulation.

Mr Bertolino noted in his response that Mr Laundrie has not been charged in the woman’s death.

Ms Schmidt called the lawyer’s words “garbage.”

The Independent’s Graeme Massie has more of Ms Schmidt’s comments below…

Graig Graziosi13 October 2021 22:05

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Media frenzy over Gabby Petito is likely why her body was found so quickly

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue chastised the media during a press conference on Tuesday in which he revealed that Gabby Petito died due to strangulation.

Dr Blue said the media frenzy over Ms Petito’s case overshadowed coverage of numerous people who are killed each year due to domestic violence.

However, The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe argued that without the media’s dogged coverage of the case, it may have taken much longer to locate Ms Petito’s remains.

Read his argument below…

Graig Graziosi13 October 2021 21:45

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Teton County coroner releases Gabby Petito’s remains to mortuary for cremation

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue has turned over Gabby Petito’s remains to a mortuary in Wyoming, where they will be cremated.

Ms Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, is in Wyoming and will be collecting her remains after cremation.

Graig Graziosi13 October 2021 21:15

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Dog the Bounty Hunter reportedly staying in Florida after saying he was leaving the search for Brian Laundrie

Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, said he was going to stay in Florida because he had a “change of plans and couldn’t bring himself to leave” the search for Brian Laundrie.

Last week it was reported that Mr Chapman was leaving the search to deal with an injury to his ankle he consistent while looking for Mr Laundrie.

Graig Graziosi13 October 2021 21:00

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