Gabby Petito update – live: Protesters confront Brian Laundrie’s parents after autopsy confirms cause of death
Watch live as coroner gives update on Gabby Petito autopsy
The Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed on Tuesday that social media star Gabby Petito died of 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.
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 nature reserve was searched and there is believed to be only a 50 per cent chance the missing man is still alive, police have said.
Josh Taylor, a North Port Police spokesperson, told CNN that nothing significant linked to Mr Laundrie has been found in the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve 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 suffering an ankle injury.
TikToker asks public how to ‘survive being a Brian Laundrie lookalike’
A TikToker who goes by the handle @bordhead went online and sought the public’s help in “surviving as a Brian Laundrie lookalike”.
In a video, he said that he was flying across the country for his cousin’s wedding the next day. “It is a pretty long flight and so if you have any tips for me on how not to get attacked or accused of being this guy.”
One user suggested: “Need a t-shirt that says, ‘Not Brian.’ Another asked him to shave. “You don’t have the same underbite it’ll be easier that way.”
It was previously reported that some Brian Laundrie doppelgangers had started wearing special T-shirts from Etsy to ensure they were not confused with the fugitive.
Several Etsy shops started selling t-shirts that read “I am just Bald. Nope I am not Brian Laundrie.”
Meanwhile, the coroner on Tuesday revealed that Gabby Petito was strangled.
Brian Laundrie, who has been identified as a person of interest in the case, is still missing.
Domestic violence survivors urge others to speak out after Gabby autopsy update
Domestic violence survivors banded together on social media after the Teton County coroner, Dr Brent Blue, revealed the cause of Gabby Petito’s death was manual strangulation.
Dr Blue refused to divulge more details about the investigation, citing the state law, but alluded to the Petito case being connected to domestic violence – suggesting other such cases did not receive the same attention.
Police have previously released bodycam footage of officers speaking to Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie after the two got into a fight, just a couple of weeks before she went missing.
On social media, several survivors posted about their own experiences with domestic violence.
One user wrote: “I was Gabby age during my DV. It took me 7yr to get out. I have kept it deep down inside of me as I was ashamed & silent about it until this case happened. The bodycam video of her awoke something in me. I can’t explain it. I will not be silent anymore. I want to help others [sic].”
Another said: “There’s so many that have experienced DV. Aug 1991, I waited till my x husband went to work, then packed bags and went to a women’s shelter with my kids. He use to say to me “if you don’t like it there’s the door” I knew he wouldn’t let me take my kids… so I left secretly [sic].”
Yet another user said: “So many of us recognised what was going on after the first Moab video. For me, it was when Brian told the officers that Gabby was crazy. I knew right then he was totally gaslighting her and manipulating the officers.”
North Port residents devastated after Gabby autopsy update
As the coroner revealed the cause of death of Gabby Petito, many residents of North Port, Florida — where Petito used to live with her boyfriend and his parents — were glued to their television screens.
Many said that the details surrounding Petito’s death broke their heart.
One resident, Sandra Vaughn told WFLA that her heart sunk on learning the news. She said: “Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry. My heart breaks for you. My heart really breaks for you, and I hope that you can find some kind of peace somewhere, somehow.”
Ms Vaughn added: “I pray that the Laundries will come out and give you come to some kind of answers.”
Coroner alludes to domestic violence during Petito autopsy update
The Teton County Coroner who conducted an autopsy on Gabby Petito briefly alluded to domestic violence on Tuesday but refused to go into detail citing the state law.
Dr Brent Blue told the media: “Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence. And it’s unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one.”
Dr Blue described the attention on the Gabby Petito case as a “media circus.”
Earlier in the media briefing, the coroner revealed that Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation.
Woman found dead in unused police vehicle outside station
Christina Nance, 29, was found dead inside a police van parked outside the law enforcement offices in Huntsville, Alabama. Now, her family is demanding answers.
Local media reports state that Ms Nance was discovered at around 9.15am on Thursday outside the Huntsville Public Safety Complex. A police officer found the body in an old and unused police vehicle as he was walking to a car in the parking lot.