Gabby Petito autopsy paints grim picture of last moments, experts say
NORTH PORT, Fla. The Gabby Petito autopsy that concluded she died from murder by strangulation is an increased likelihood that she was the victim of violent domestic abuse and an armed attack on the Wyoming camp which an FBI-led investigation revealed her remains in the last month, as experts inform Fox News.
Her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who was camping with her, before returning home to Florida on his own and then disappearing is now as a person of significance in her death. She is wanted in connection with the federal level for warrant for bank card fraud.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced Tuesday that Petito died by “manual strangulation/throttling,” meaning she’d been killed by hand and not with an item like a rope or chain.
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Doctor. Dan Field, a board-certified emergency physician, and the expert in homicide and strangulation cases, has said that killing someone with strangulation can be a long and deliberate procedure.
“I [testified in] a murder case in Florida, where the defense was trying to put forth the theory that it was a moment of passion — and so the question I was asked is how long does it take for strangulation to kill somebody?” He said to Fox News Digital. “The numbers are very, very specific.”
It’s between about 62 to 157 seconds the scientist said.
“And then the question the prosecution has is, does that sound like a ‘moment of passion’ — 62 seconds?” He said.
Prosecutors were able to secure a conviction the case.
Victims may lose consciousness in the first 5-10 seconds after the stranglehold is applied according to Field The cause is the combination of a lack of oxygenin the blood, reflexes as well as the blockage in blood circulation. The seizures can happen between 11-17 seconds. Within thirty seconds they have lost control over other organs.
However, death is more time-consuming.
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“It is surprisingly quick, but it’s not a moment,” Field declared. “It’s not a flap. It’s not the pulling of a trigger.”
Most of the time these attacks are deliberate according to Field. While the sequence that led to the death of Petito is publically unknown, Field said that statistically being a bit more precise, accidental strangulation of close friends is more rare than foul play.
“Unlikely, just by the numbers, unlikely to be erotic asphyxiation,” said the doctor declared. But it’s still possible.
Prosecutors also have stayed clear of naming anyone involved in Petito’s death, which makes it unclear what they’ll claim or prove in the courtroom.
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“If you don’t have an eyewitness, then you’re going to have to build a circumstantial case,” Field explained. “And if the circumstances place the two of them in the same place, at the same time or near the time of her death, that’s circumstantial evidence that, he was involved in her death. Not proof — but circumstantial evidence.”
The remains of Petito’s were left within The Wyoming wild for at minimum about three weeks. Blue announced in his press conference on Tuesday. In the period, the natural environment and wildlife may have caused massive decomposition. However, certain clues could remain in the area.
A broken hyoid bone that is located in the neck of the victim, Field said. There are other possibilities, such as bleeding in the muscles of the strap of the neck, or damage to the carotidartery or the jugular. Blue refused to provide further details on his findings, however Blue was confident about the decision of the authorities on manual strangulation.
Strangulation may also be unplanned emotional or impulsive in the words of the Dr. Ziv Cohen, a New York City criminal psychiatrist.
“Strangulation is a more intimate type of homicide, and so it generally points us in the direction of somebody certainly who knew her or who might have gotten physical with her,” the prosecutor stated.
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Additional evidence of physical intimacy between the two couples is evident on the August. 12 Moab bodycam footage of the police the officer said.
“We know that from the 911 callers, that Brian Laundrie was reported to be witnessed as striking her,” he added. “And we know that she admitted on the bodycam footage that she scratched him.”
Field came to an identical conclusion.
“If there’s been evidence of some interpersonal violence previously, it raises the likelihood of homicidal strangulation to a much higher degree,” said the doctor explained, while discussing moab. Moab incident. “So I know that there was some issues between the two. Apparently, they were fighting their way across the country in the van.”
Petito also shook her head in the bodycam video towards her jawline. This, is what Salt Lake City’s private detective Jason Jensen said earlier this week was a red signal which suggests she’s been snatched with her throat.
“Any victim that’s been choked before — their natural reaction is to lower their chin to their clavicle to prevent that hand from going around their throat,” said the doctor.
Two weeks following incident Moab incident, when Laundrie returned home in Florida over a period of a week, and returned to see Petito at a different location in Utah witnesses saw the couple in a fight with waitresses in an Jackson, Wyoming, restaurant named Merry Piglets.
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Laundrie often left and came back to confront female employees at restaurants, Nina Celie Angelo and Matthew England told Fox News earlier this month. Then, an angry Petito acknowledged his actions. This could be her last public appearance. was able to see her in public.
“There’s a lot of evidence, from the 911 calls, from the witnesses at Merry Piglets, and I believe there were other witnesses, that their relationship was spiraling out of control,” Cohen stated. “There was conflict, verbal conflict, physical conflict, and certainly, I think that the Merry Piglets episode is significant in the sense that even other people were running afoul of Brian Laundrie.”
A few days later when he showed up in his parents’ Florida residence in the van of Petito, and she was not there. The FBI discovered her remains in a camp site close to Jackson on September. 19.
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“We know that he couldn’t contain his behavior, even in a public place like a restaurant,” Cohen declared. “When we shortly thereafter find her strangled to death, it does suggest a kind of intimate type of homicide, domestic abuse, type of homicide between a couple — and therefore certainly makes Brian Laundrie the main suspect.”
In addition, the details of the scene of the crime which haven’t been made public made available could play a role in the type of charges that prosecutors ultimately seek, Cohen said.
The position of Petito’s body may indicate remorse or a sense of brutality, for instance.
“That, again, is circumstantial evidence,” He declared. “But it could point to something that’s more suggestive of intimate partner violence.”