Gabby Petito autopsy update – John Walsh ID Special Report 'claims Brian Laundrie is in Mexico' as fiance still missing

America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh says that Brian Laundrie may have fled to Mexico following the release of Gabby Petito's autopsy results.

Criminal investigator Walsh suggested Laundrie may have traveled to Mexico.

He told ID Wednesday: “He (Laundrie) could walk across the border naked with his hair on fire and nobody would notice him.

“I think that’s maybe where he’s hiding – and somebody might be helping him.”

Walsh alleged that Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta may be helping the 23-year-old. There is no evidence to support these claims.

The Teton County Coroner held a press conference on the 22-year-old vlogger's full autopsy in which the cause and manner and death were confirmed as homicide by strangulation.

No suspect has been named in the case and he would not comment on Brian Laundrie.

Gabby's body was found in Grand Teton National park on September 19, eight days after her family reported her missing.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    UNSURE ON HOW GABBY WAS STRANGLED

    Officials remain unsure whether she was strangled with an instrument or by her killer's hands.

    “Throttling generally means that it was done with human hands as opposed to an instrument,” Dr Brent Blue explained.

    “It doesn’t necessarily have to be, but manual strangulation basically means it was not done with equipment,” he said as part of an interview with NewsNationNow.

    Dr Blue added that when it comes to understanding the specific nature of strangulation, the harm to the neck is closely investigated. 

    “It’s determined by the nature of the injuries around the neck,” he said.

  • Julia Fields

    GABBY'S FAMILY TO RETRIEVE HER REMAINS

    Gabby’s family are heading to Wyoming so they can be “reunited” with their daughter, Fox News reports.

    They plan to have her body cremated before returning to New York with her ashes, according to TMZ.

    While in Wyoming, the family will also meet with law enforcement for an update on the case.

    Gabby's parents aren't intending to make any statements to the media until the vlogger's remains are in New York.

  • Julia Fields

    DECOMPOSITION

    In an interview with NewsNationNow, Blue said a body lying outside for a lengthy period of time is prone to decomposition.

    He said: “In a situation where any body that is outside whether’s it’s exposed to the elements and insects and animals – there’s various forms of decomposition.

    “Decomposition usually runs its various course.”

  • Julia Fields

    GABBY'S TOWN SHARE CONDOLENCES

    Residents in North Port, Florida have also expressed their condolences to the vlogger's family.

    Sandra Vaughn told WWSB: “My heart just sunk into my stomach, very upsetting.

    “Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry, my heart really breaks for you.”

    Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed Tuesday that the vlogger died by strangulation.

  • Julia Fields

    GABBY'S FRIEND SPEAKS OUT

    One of Gabby's friends shared their horror after the autopsy findings were revealed.

    Alyssa Chen, who went to school with the vlogger in Long Island, told PEOPLE: “It makes me sick to my stomach. I wonder what was going through her mind, knowing she was probably about to die. She must’ve been so scared.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY SLEUTHS WONDER ABOUT LAST TEXT

    Internet sleuths wonder if the final text from Gabby Petito to her mom may have been sent from her ex-fiancé Brian Laundrie who intended to reach his own mom.

    A recent post that appeared on a Facebook page dedicated to sharing ideas about Gabby Petito's mystery homicide pegs Brian for possibly using the 22-year-old's phone and communicating with his mom.

    The post by Christina Jensen accuses Brian of "using her phone to [reach] HIS mom but he was frazzled and sent to 'mom.'"

    The text, dated August 30, read: "No signal in Yosemite" and Nicole Schmidt alleged it was not sent by her daughter.

    She told MailOnline: "That text was NOT from Gabby I know it!"

    More specifically, Schmidt explained the date of the text didn't add up.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'CHILLING PLEA FOR HELP'

    Gabby Petito's last text to her mother may have been a chilling cry for help while she was on a road trip with her fiance Brian Laundrie, online sleuths have claimed.

    After Petito's mom revealed her slain daughter's final text message to her, internet investigators are piecing together what the cryptic message meant – and say the text was a coded secret "plea for help" prior to her disappearance and strangulation.

    Petito's mom Nichole Schmidt got a chilling message from her daughter on August 27 saying: "Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls."

    Although Nicole inferred that the text was probably in reference to her father and Petito's grandfather Stan, she found it "odd" given that Petito never referred to her grandpa by his first name.

    However, a number of sleuths have taken to the internet to say Stan is actually an acronym that stands for "Send The Authorities Now."

    In a Facebook group dedicated to finding Petito, some have speculated that's indeed what STAN means.

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY’S BODY ‘FOUND NEXT TO HIKING SHOES’ (continued)

    The video was not released publicly but was reviewed by Kurt Morgan, a longtime Salt Lake County prosecutor who has surveyed the scene of numerous homicides.

    Morgan said the footage indicated that whoever discarded Gabby’s body there did so with haste.

    “This was quick,” he told KSL. “This was not sitting here for five or six hours, trying to figure out how to conceal a crime.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY’S BODY ‘FOUND NEXT TO HIKING SHOES,’ EXPERT SAYS

    Gabby Petito’s body was found next to a pair of hiking shoes, hinting that the crime scene was covered up quickly, an expert says.

    A coroner revealed that Gabby was killed by strangulation at a press conference on Tuesday as the manhunt for her fiance Brian Laundrie continues.

    The announcement came nearly four weeks after her remains were found in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park on September 19.

    KSL filmed aerial video of the crime scene on the day of the discovery which showed the slain 22-year-old hiker’s body near a pair of discarded hiking shoes.

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY PETITO'S FINGERNAILS

    Gabby Petito's killer could be revealed by her fingernails, investigator Nancy Grace says.

    Results from the slain 22-year-old hiker's autopsy were announced on Tuesday, confirming that she was strangled before her body was discarded in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.

    Grace said it's possible Gabby clawed at her killer as she was strangled, potentially capturing their DNA under her fingernails.

    "This is a sweetheart murder," Grace said. "You are up close and personal with your victim. Gabby was out there alone strangled dead. 

    "Because her body was in the elements so long, we may not get certain evidence like DNA on her body or fibers from the killer's shirt. But I would look immediately to her fingernails. If she scratched at her killer that evidence may be protected." 

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY WAS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM, CORONER SUGGESTS

    Gabby Petito was a victim of domestic violence, suggested the coroner who completed her autopsy, as he refused to comment on whether fiancé Brian Laundrie is a suspect.

    Dr Brent Blue from Teton County coroner's office announced during a press conference on Tuesday that Gabby was manually strangled to death after weeks of speculation.

    As per Wyoming law, he refused to release any more information from the full autopsy on Gabby's remains apart from her manner and cause of death.

    However, he did remark on the media attention Gabby's case is receiving, comparing it to domestic violence cases.

    "Unfortunately, this is one of many deaths around the country of people who are involved in domestic violence," Dr Blue said in answer to one question. "And it's unfortunate that these other deaths do not get as much coverage as this one."

  • Danielle Cinone

    BRIAN'S PARENTS MAY HAVE ARMED HIM, JOHN WALSH CLAIMS

    Brian Laundrie’s parents may have armed their fugitive son with a gun and are "helping" him dodge the cops, former America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh has claimed.

    The prolific missing person’s investigator made the accusations while appearing on “Gabby Petito: ID Special Report” which aired on ID to try to piece together Gabby Petito’s strangulation homicide after her remains were found in a Wyoming campground on September 19.

    “I believe he's out there with the aid of his parents,” Walsh explained when asked if Brian, Gabby Petito’s 23-year-old ex-fiancé, was still alive.

    Walsh also blames the fugitive’s parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, for helping their son elude the pursuit by law enforcement.

  • Danielle Cinone

    LAUNDRIE FAMILY STATEMENT

    Brian Laundrie’s family attorney released a statement on Tuesday after Gabby Petito’s cause of death was revealed as strangulation.

    “Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy,” it read.

    “While Brian Laundrie is currently charged with the unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is only considered a person of interest in relation to Gabby Petito’s demise.

    “At this time Brian is still missing and when he is located we will address the pending fraud charge against him.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    WAS GABBY’S BODY DECOMPOSED?

    Dr Blue said that he could not comment on the state of Gabby’s remains when they were found.

    He would only say that her body was outside for three to four weeks before it was found.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'THIS IMAGE HAUNTS ME'

    People on social media continue to remember and mourn for Gabby Petito.

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY WAS ‘THROTTLED’ WITH ‘HUMAN FORCE’

    Coroners revealed that Gabby Petito’s cause of death was “manual strangulation” at a press conference held in Wyoming on Tuesday.

    Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue told CNN: “Throttling means that someone was strangled by human force. There was no mechanical force involved.”

    “There is no evidence that this was done by any animal as far as the cause of death.”

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY PETITO FOUNDATION TO HOLD FIRST FUNDRAISER

    The Gabby Petito Foundation will hold its first fundraiser on October 17th in Blue Point, New York.

    According to the website, there will be live music, food, a cash bar and a silent auction.

    Admission tickets will be sold for $20.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHY COULD IT BE HARD TO PROSECUTE GABBY’S KILLER?, PART THREE

    Morgan, who hosts the podcast Body Bags, has also been questioned about bruises Gabby appears to have on her arms in earlier pictures in which she and Laundrie were surfing on sand dunes.

    He said that while it would be “difficult” to identify earlier bruising if Gabby’s remains were decomposed, it wasn’t out of the question.

    “You have to take care in what you’re doing and be very exact,” he said.

    “Our body has a fantastic way of healing, but you can have overlying or overlapping injuries, where it’ll be at a different point in time in the healing process.”

    “You have some evidence, at least admittedly on the Moab tape, that they’ve been quarreling. So, for me, I’m going to say: ‘Well, I’m going to dig a little bit deeper.’”

    “The trick of all of this is to try to differentiate, and it can be difficult to differentiate between pre-existing injury and the compositional artifact,” Morgan continued.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHY COULD IT BE HARD TO PROSECUTE GABBY’S KILLER?, PART TWO

    It comes as the state of decay causes difficulties for the coroner in deciding if something could potentially be an injury suffered by Gabby as she was killed.

    Joseph Scott Morgan exclusively told The Sun that the coroner would potentially take into account the body cam video from August 12 which shows Gabby telling cops Laundrie grabbed her face as he tried to get her to be quiet during an argument.

    The Moab, Utah, police department has been criticized for the handling of a 911 call that claimed Laundrie was seen hitting Gabby.

    After they were stopped, the cops decided that Gabby was the aggressor and decided not to press charges.

    Instead, the couple was told to separate for the night and allowed to continue on with their cross-country trip. Gabby was last seen alive two weeks later.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHY COULD IT BE HARD TO PROSECUTE GABBY’S KILLER?

    A forensic expert has said it could be hard to prosecute the killer due to the decomposition of Gabby Petito’s remains as the cause of death of the 22-year-old vlogger is revealed.

    The Teton County coroner’s office on Tuesday announced that Gabby died by homicide from manual strangulation or throttling.

    Joseph Scott Morgan, an Associate Professor of Applied Forensics with Jacksonville State University, exclusively told The Sun that if Gabby’s case goes to trial, decay of her remains will be an important factor.

    “If this thing were to ever go to trial, this case were to ever go to trial, that’s a mark against the prosecution and a mark for the defense,” he explained. 

    He added that it would “make it more difficult” to use evidence from the autopsy.

  • Danielle Cinone

    DEATH BY STRANGULATION

    After a prolonged autopsy process, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed during a press conference that Gabby died by “manual strangulation.”

    Officials had previously only ruled her death a homicide, and spent additional time on the autopsy to be “exacting” in their full examination.

    “We hereby find the cause and manner of death to be, the cause, death by strangulation, and manner is homicide,” Blue said.

    “By Wyoming state statute, no other information will be released about the autopsy.”

    Questions still remain about what the autopsy reveals of Gabby’s final moments, such as whether bruises were found that could indicate a struggle.

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY PETITO'S FINGERNAILS

    Gabby Petito's killer could be revealed by her fingernails, investigator Nancy Grace says.

    Results from the slain 22-year-old hiker's autopsy were announced on Tuesday, confirming that she was strangled before her body was discarded in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park.

    Grace said it's possible Gabby clawed at her killer as she was strangled, potentially capturing their DNA under her fingernails.

    "This is a sweetheart murder," Grace said. "You are up close and personal with your victim. Gabby was out there alone strangled dead. 

    "Because her body was in the elements so long, we may not get certain evidence like DNA on her body or fibers from the killer's shirt. But I would look immediately to her fingernails. If she scratched at her killer that evidence may be protected." 

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY'S BODY 'FOUND NEXT TO HIKING SHOES' (continued)

    The video was not released publicly but was reviewed by Kurt Morgan, a longtime Salt Lake County prosecutor who has surveyed the scene of numerous homicides.

    Morgan said the footage indicated that whoever discarded Gabby's body there did so with haste.

    "This was quick," he told KSL. "This was not sitting here for five or six hours, trying to figure out how to conceal a crime."

  • Danielle Cinone

    GABBY'S BODY 'FOUND NEXT TO HIKING SHOES,' EXPERT SAYS

    Gabby Petito's body was found next to a pair of hiking shoes, hinting that the crime scene was covered up quickly, an expert says.

    A coroner revealed that Gabby was killed by strangulation at a press conference on Tuesday as the manhunt for her fiance Brian Laundrie continues.

    The announcement came nearly four weeks after her remains were found in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park on September 19.

    KSL filmed aerial video of the crime scene on the day of the discovery which showed the slain 22-year-old hiker's body near a pair of discarded hiking shoes.

  • Danielle Cinone

    'CHILLING PLEA FOR HELP'

    Gabby Petito's last text to her mother may have been a chilling cry for help while she was on a road trip with her fiance Brian Laundrie, online sleuths have claimed.

    After Petito's mom revealed her slain daughter's final text message to her, internet investigators are piecing together what the cryptic message meant – and say the text was a coded secret "plea for help" prior to her disappearance and strangulation.

    Petito's mom Nichole Schmidt got a chilling message from her daughter on August 27 saying: "Can you help Stan, I just keep getting his voicemails and missed calls."

    Although Nicole inferred that the text was probably in reference to her father and Petito's grandfather Stan, she found it "odd" given that Petito never referred to her grandpa by his first name.

    However, a number of sleuths have taken to the internet to say Stan is actually an acronym that stands for "Send The Authorities Now."

    In a Facebook group dedicated to finding Petito, some have speculated that's indeed what STAN means.

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