Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue had beforehand dominated 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 info 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 mentioned on the information convention Tuesday.
A authorized doc Blue filed on October 5 with the Teton County Clerk of District Court docket specified that the reason for demise was “guide strangulation/throttling.”
“There is not going to be a precise date of demise on the demise certificates,” the coroner added.
The time since her demise and the climate circumstances she was subjected to make it more durable to pinpoint a precise date of her demise, Blue mentioned.
The post-mortem has revealed extra info than was launched however will probably be held again as a result of ongoing investigation, Blue mentioned.
Blue mentioned engaged on the case was “fairly the media circus and continues to be.” Along with disappearance and demise, the case has sparked conversations round home violence as a result of launch of physique digicam footage of an interplay between Petito, Laundrie and the police over one of many couple’s fights.
“Sadly, this is just one of many deaths across the nation, of people who find themselves concerned in home violence,” Blue mentioned. “And it is unlucky that these different deaths didn’t get as a lot protection as this one.”
Mysterious textual content messages and a police name
Petito referred to as her mother often, and people conversations appeared to disclose there was “increasingly more stress” in Petito’s relationship, in line with a police affidavit for a search warrant of an exterior arduous drive discovered within the couple’s van.
On August 27, an “odd textual content” from Petito apprehensive her mom that one thing was improper, in line with a search warrant.
“Are you able to assist Stan, I simply preserve getting his voicemails and missed calls,” the message learn, in line with the affidavit. Stan was a reference to Petito’s grandfather, who her mom mentioned Petito by no means referred to that approach, in line with the affidavit.
“We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the lady,” the caller mentioned. “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped within the automotive they usually 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 instructed about “some type of altercation.”
And on August 27, a witness described a “commotion” as they have been leaving the Merry Piglets Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.
Petito was in tears and Laundrie was visibly offended, going into and out of the restaurant a number of occasions, displaying anger towards the employees across the hostess stand, the witness Nina Angelo mentioned.
Angelo instructed CNN she didn’t see any violence or bodily altercation between Petito and Laundrie.
The seek for Laundrie
Investigators mentioned Laundrie’s dad and mom instructed them on September 17 he had left house days earlier and was headed to the close by Carlton Reserve — sparking a search of the character reserve’s 25,000 acres. Initially, his dad and mom mentioned he left on September 14, however final week, Laundrie household legal professional Steven Bertolino mentioned, “We now imagine the day Brian left to hike within the protect was Monday, September 13.”
In an announcement Tuesday, Laundrie’s household legal professional Steve Bertolino mentioned 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.