Watch live as coroner gives update on Gabby Petito autopsy
A man resembling Brian Laundrie found himself handcuffed by US Marshals after someone misidentified him as the fugitive.
He was hiking the Appalachian Trail and taking a day off at a resort when he was detained. The federal agents recommended he shave his beard to avoid further complications.
Meanwhile, North Port Police reported that they found no new evidence of Mr Laundrie’s location in the Carlton Reserve on Friday. Police and FBI have been searching the 25,000-acre nature preserve – where Mr Laundrie was reportedly hiking alone – for more than a month and have employed the use of a human remains-detecting dog in their efforts. On Monday it appeared the police and FBI were scaling back their search in the swamps.
Authorities have previously said there is believed to be a 50 per cent change that Mr Laundrie is still alive.
Earlier this week, Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County, has suggested that “murder charges are imminent.”
Moments after the autopsy results were revealed on Tuesday. Mr Aronberg tweeted: “Gabby Petito’s death was previously ruled a homicide.
“Today we learned that the cause of death was strangulation. This most likely means that murder charges are imminent.”
Teton County coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed that Ms Petito was killed by manual strangulation. 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 yet open to the public.
On Thursday, Ms Petito’s body was released to her parents, who are currently in Wyoming, after the weeks-long autopsy. Her body was then sent to a local mortuary for cremation.
Prior domestic incident could be used to establish motive in Petito homicide case, lawyer says
If Brian Laundrie is apprehended by the police and named as a suspect in the killing of his girlfriend Gabby Petito, their history of domestic incidents could be used as evidence in court, a lawyer has said.
Brian Laundrie is the subject of a federal arrest warrant and is a person of interest in the Petito homicide case.
Police have previously released bodycam footage of their response to a fight between the couple in August, not long before she went missing and died, during which they admitted to hitting each other.
Ajay Pallegar, a Sarasota-based criminal defence attorney, told Fox News that even though the prosecution is not allowed to “admit evidence of a prior crime to show that the defendant has a bad character … or acted in bad faith” or to show that “because he committed this similar crime before, he’s likely to do it again,” there are circumstances under Florida law where the prosecution can try and introduce evidence of past bad acts to show intent, motive, knowledge, modus operandi and so on.
Maroosha Muzaffar19 October 2021 04:50
Opinion: ‘I’m a survivor of intimate partner violence. Gabby Petito’s killing is the wake-up call we all need’
More likely than not, at least one woman you know, whether that be your mother, sister, cousin or a friend, has faced violence at the hands of a man, writes Victoria Gagliardo-Silver for Independent Voices.
“If you stood in a room with four or more female family members, the likelihood of one of them being an abuse, rape, or assault survivor is nearly 100 per cent. Someone you know, someone you love, has faced this. I am one of those women. I experienced sexual, physical, and emotional violence in one of my college relationships… and yet, I struggled to leave.”
Justin Vallejo19 October 2021 04:11
Opinion: It has been a media circus. But without the coverage Gabby Petito’s body would have been found in 8 days
The interest over every aspect of the case, be it the reported sightings of the young woman’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, or the reaction from the families to each development, has been obsessive, writes The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe.
“One point, ignored by the coroner, but not by Petito’s family or the police or the FBI, is that without the massive media coverage, it is very unlikely that the young woman’s remains would have been found within just eight days.”
Justin Vallejo19 October 2021 03:15
Petito timeline: When was she found and how did she die?
Agencies have been scouring the alligator-infested wilds of Florida for several weeks with helicopters, drones, all-terrain vehicles and canine units.
The timeline of Brian Laundrie’s movements both before and after his girlfriend Gabby Petito went missing has altered dramatically since the YouTuber went missing.
It is now known that Mr Laundrie flew from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Florida on 17 August for six days before returning to join Ms Petito on their cross-country road trip.
Catch up on the full timeline.
Justin Vallejo19 October 2021 02:15
Watch: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out
“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told 60 Minutes Australia. “I thought he would take care of her.”
Gabby Petito’s mother says she thought Brian Laundrie ‘would take care of her’
Justin Vallejo19 October 2021 01:11
Brian Laundrie look-a-like ambushed by US Marshals
Severin Beckwith looks like an average man. He is of generally average height and build, with a mid-length beard and a bald head – a perfectly normal looking guy.
That is why US Marshals pointed guns in his face when they raided a hotel he was visiting in Western North Carolina.
Mr Beckwith was traveling with his partner, Anna Brettmann, along the Appalachian Trial, aiming to hike from George to Virginia.
Justin Vallejo19 October 2021 00:06
ICYMI: ‘I thought he would take care of her’: Gabby Petito’s parents speak out in plea for justice
Gabby Petito’s parents spoke with 60 Minutes Australia about their daughter’s death and their feelings about Brian Laundrie, the only person of suspect in the woman’s killing.
“I felt safe because she was with Brian, and I felt like she would be OK,” Ms Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, said. “I thought he would take care of her.”
The Independent’s Nathan Place has more from the interview below…
Graig Graziosi18 October 2021 22:00
More signs at the Laundrie house Monday
Protesters put up more signs outside the Laundrie family home on Monday.
One read “no justice, no peace” and another was a large cutout photo of Gabby Petito.
Over the weekend Chris Laundrie, Brian Laundrie’s father, tore a sign off his lawn that read “What is it was Cassie?”
Graig Graziosi18 October 2021 21:12
ICYMI Laundrie attorney slams Dog the Bounty Hunter and “America’s Most Wanted” creator John Walsh
Steven Bertolino, the attorney representing Brian Laundrie and his parents, called Dog the Bounty Hunter – real name Duane Chapman – and “America’s Most Wanted” creator John Walsh “dusty relics” who were involved with the Gabby Petito case to feed their own “egos.”
The Independent’s Graig Graziosi has more from the attorney in the story below…
Graig Graziosi18 October 2021 21:00
Artist who painted angel wing mural that served as a background for one of Gabby Petito’s photos speaks out
Diego Jaguart’s mural of colorful angel wings in Old Colorado City became synonymous with Gabby Petito after the woman’s social media images were spread worldwide in the wake of her disappearance.
Since then, Mr Jaguart says his understanding of the piece has changed.
“It’s different now. For me, it changed,” Mr Jaguart told Fox News. “It’s … bittersweet, you know? My sensation now is honor … because the people love the mural, but for the first time, I was feeling very, very sad.”
He said he created the mural for Valentines Day two years ago. He recently “refreshed” the mural by touching up spots where the paint had faded.
Graig Graziosi18 October 2021 20:40