Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had beforehand ruled Petito’s demise a murder, and although the trigger was revealed Tuesday, he declined to supply particulars about Petito’s post-mortem or a possible suspect, saying he was restricted in what data he might legally launch.
Who killed Petito, when she was killed and what occurred main as much as her demise stay a thriller.
Authorities are nonetheless trying to find her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who returned to Florida with out her after their journey throughout the Western US.
The post-mortem of Petito’s stays included a whole-body CT scan, an examination by a forensic pathologist and by a forensic anthropologist, and a toxicology evaluation, Blue stated on the information convention Tuesday.
A authorized doc Blue filed on October 5 with the Teton County Clerk of District Court specified that the reason for demise was “manual strangulation/throttling.”
“There will not be an exact date of death on the death certificate,” the coroner added.
The time since her demise and the climate circumstances she was subjected to make it more durable to pinpoint an actual date of her demise, Blue stated.
The post-mortem has revealed extra data than was launched however might be held again because of the ongoing investigation, Blue stated.
Blue stated engaged on the case was “quite the media circus and continues to be.” In addition to disappearance and demise, the case has sparked conversations round home violence because of the launch of physique digicam footage of an interplay between Petito, Laundrie and the police over one of many couple’s fights.
“Unfortunately, this is only one of many deaths around the country, of people who are involved in domestic violence,” Blue stated. “And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths did not get as much coverage as this one.”
Mysterious textual content messages and a police name
On August 27, a witness noticed a “commotion” as Petito and Laundrie have been leaving the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming — one of many final reported sightings of Petito earlier than her demise.
Petito was in tears and Laundrie was visibly offended, going into and out of the restaurant a number of occasions, exhibiting anger towards the employees across the hostess stand, the witness Nina Angelo stated.
Angelo informed CNN she didn’t see any violence or bodily altercation between Petito and Laundrie.
Also on August 27, an “odd text” from Petito apprehensive her mom that one thing was improper, in accordance with a police affidavit for a search warrant for an exterior exhausting drive discovered within the couple’s van.
“Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the message learn, in accordance with the affidavit. Stan was a reference to Petito’s grandfather, who her mom stated Petito by no means referred to that approach, in accordance with a police affidavit.
Petito referred to as her mother repeatedly, and people conversations appeared to disclose “more and more tension” in Petito’s relationship, in accordance with the affidavit.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller stated. “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”
CNN obtained dispatch audio recordings from the Grand County Sheriff’s workplace final month that shed extra mild on what Moab police have been informed about “some sort of altercation.”
The seek for Laundrie
Investigators stated Laundrie’s mother and father informed them on September 17 he had left residence days earlier and was headed to the close by Carlton Reserve — sparking a search of the character reserve’s 25,000 acres. Initially, his mother and father stated he left on September 14, however final week, Laundrie household legal professional Steven Bertolino stated, “We now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday, September 13.”
In an announcement Tuesday, Laundrie’s household legal professional Steve Bertolino stated Laundrie had used a debit card that belonged to Petito however famous he was not a suspect in her demise.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Rob Frehse, Jennifer Henderson, Christina Maxouris, Kari Pricher, Leyla Santiago, Jenn Selva, Amir Vera and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.