AUTHORITIES confirmed that the body that was found in Wyoming on September 19, 2021, was that of missing YouTuber Gabby Petito.
The 22-year-old vlogger was on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie when she was reported missing after he returned home without her.
Cops are still searching for Petito’s fiancé who vanished on September 14, 2021, after telling his parents he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve in Florida.
When was the autopsy on Gabby Petito carried out?
Human remains were found in Grand Teton National Park where the 22-year-old had been camping with her fiancé when she disappeared.
The coroner’s van was seen leaving the national park after FBI and National Park Service officials held a press conference regarding the remains.
The autopsy on Gabby Petito’s body was carried out on September 21, 2021.
“The FBI’s commitment to justice is at the forefront of each and every investigation,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Scheider said in a statement as Petito’s identification was confirmed.
“The FBI and our partners remain dedicated to ensuring anyone responsible for or complicit in Ms Petito’s death is held accountable for their actions.”
What did the autopsy reveal?
The Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that Petito died as a result of homicide but the cause is still pending final autopsy results.
Laundrie’s family lawyer commented “May Gabby rest in peace” when asked for a statement on the body identification.
Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…
Meanwhile, the YouTuber’s killer has been listed among the FBI’s Most Wanted as the agency hunts for information on the young woman’s final movements.
What is a ‘person of interest’?
On September 15, 2021, Laundrie was named a “person of interest” in the missing blogger’s case.
Cops said he was “hindering this investigation” by not co-operating with them.
The term “person of interest” refers to individuals who have possibly been involved in a criminal investigation but have not been arrested or charged.
Police could have an “interest” in the individual for various reasons- it could be because they are cooperating with the investigation or because they might have information that could help the investigation.
However, the term has no legal meaning like “suspect” or “witness.”
How are autopsies conducted in the US?
An autopsy is an examination of a body by dissection to determine the cause of death.
During the autopsy, a doctor, usually a pathologist examines the human remains inside and out while they can collect samples of tissue or body fluids.
During the procedure, they might removal internal organs for testing.
The extent of the autopsy varies, it might be focused on a single body part or to be more extensive.
Once the autopsy is finished the doctor will report on the cause of death and how they think it happened.
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