Cause of death in the case of Gabby Petito: 22-year-old strangled – friend disappeared – world

14.10.2021 13:46

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Mourning Gabby Petito – Investigators are still looking for the murdered woman’s friend
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Sad certainty: In the case of Gabby Petito, the cause of death has been determined. The 22-year-old was strangled, said forensic doctor Brent Blue on Tuesday in the US state of Wyoming.

The exact time of death is open. It is believed, however, that Petito was killed three to four weeks before her body was found. A few weeks ago, the forensic medicine department had declared that the case was suspected of a homicide.

Gabby Petito case: worldwide sensation

The Gabby Petito case has attracted a great deal of attention in the United States and around the world. Petito and her 23-year-old boyfriend set off on a trip through the USA in the summer, which they documented on social networks such as Instagram. Petito’s boyfriend eventually returned from the trip without his girlfriend.

Investigators were looking for the young woman. Her body was finally discovered in Wyoming in September. There is now no trace of her boyfriend – investigators are looking for him.

Cause of death according to coroners: strangulation

“We are only entrusted with determining the cause of death (…). Whoever committed the homicide is a matter for the law enforcement authorities,” said Blue. Images from a police officer’s body camera had emerged from the couple’s trip. The police stopped Petito and her boyfriend on suspicion of physical violence after an argument between the two.

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