Gabby Petito, the blogger who was on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend, was found dead last month. Her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, is a person of interest and is being sought by the FBI for charges related to using a bank card that did not belong to him. Laundrie has been missing for weeks and his family refuses to speak with police.
Teton County Coroner Brent Blue determined that Petito died by manual strangulation/throttling. Her death has been ruled a homicide.
It was also revealed that Petito was not pregnant, dispelling theories related to the case. Officials also believe that when her body was found, it had been there for 3 to 4 weeks.
The announcement can be viewed below.
Whether or not Laundrie will be found is the big question, and his location could be anywhere. Police have been focusing on certain areas near the family home, but so far have come up with nothing.
Assuming that this is a domestic violence incident that resulted in murder, it’s a reminder to us all that we look for signs of domestic abuse in our own lives, and clues to domestic abuse with others. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is help.
Being able to defend yourself is also paramount, whether it be with weapons training or martial arts training. In the end, it was Gabby against a person that she spent a lot of time with and trusted, who (it would seem) is capable of murder. Laundrie is currently not a suspect, but things aren’t looking good for him.
Whether or not it was intentional may never be known, but don’t underestimate certain people, especially if they’ve shown their temper before.