Gabby Petito was killed by strangulation, a coroner said Tuesday
Brian Laundry’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, called Gabby Petito’s death a “tragedy” on Tuesday after Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said his murder was caused by “manual strangulation”.
Dr. Blue said Petito’s remains were found three to four weeks after he was killed in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 19.
Her former fiancé, Brian Laundry, returned to North Port, Florida in Gabby’s white van on September 1 and disappeared on September 13. He is a man interested in Gabby’s death and wanted for alleged debit card fraud.
“Gabby Petito’s death at such a young age is a tragedy,” Bertolino told Granthshala News on Tuesday.
“While Brian Laundry is currently charged with unauthorized use of a debit card belonging to Gabby, Brian is considered only a person of interest in connection with the passing of Gabby Pettito,” he continued. “Brian is still missing at this time and we will address the fraud charge pending against him when he is found.”
Gabby’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, dismissed Bertolino’s comments on Tuesday.
“His words are garbage,” she said WFLA. “Keep Talking.”
Petito’s remains are still in Wyoming and his family will not release any further statements until they bring him home, his attorney told Granthshala News on Tuesday.
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The Laundry family has kept low at their North Port home ever since Gabby was originally reported missing on September 11 in her hometown on Long Island.
When Petito’s remains were found last month, Bertolino called his death “heartbreaking” and added that “the laundry family prays for Gabby and her family.”
“Tonight America mourns for Gabby,” Bertolino told Granthshala News on September 19.
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Brian’s older sister Cassie Laundry, the only family member who has addressed Gabby’s death and her brother’s disappearance, told the crowd outside her Lakewood Ranch home last week that her parents were ignoring her calls. .
“We are just as upset, disappointed and sad as everyone else,” Cassie Laundry said on October 4.
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After Brian returned to North Port early last month, he accompanied his parents to the Fort de Soto campground from September 6-8. Cassie went with her family to that campground for the afternoon and evening on 6 September.
Cassie previously told ABC News in mid-September that the strangest thing about the whole situation was that she “has not been able to talk to Brian”, but blamed misunderstanding on the way the question was posed. .
On 4 October she said, “The media misunderstood what I said when they asked me if I had seen my brother.” As I said in the beginning, he didn’t say, ‘Have you seen Brian?’ It was, ‘What’s the weirdest thing in all of this?’”
About two weeks before Gabby stopped returning phone calls to her family, she had an altercation with Brian in Moab, Utah. An eyewitness told police that “a gentleman was slapping a girl.”
Gabby was clearly distraught over the body camera footage and told police that “he grabbed my face,” but officers separated the couple for the night without any charges.