Almost a month after her body was found, Gabby Petito’s autopsy results have been declared.

A Wyoming coroner has ruled her cause of death as “strangulation,” and the manner as “homicide”.

More specific paperwork listed the death as “strangulating/throttling”, but what does that mean?

Let’s explore her autopsy in detail…

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What is ‘throttling’?

Throttling is a term that means manual strangulation by human force.

This is when someone uses their hands, fingers, knee or a blunt object to strangle somebody to death.

This asphyxial death is a common method of homicide that compresses the front and side of the neck and blocks the airways.

It also interferes with the blood flow in the neck.

Gabby Petito’s autopsy results explored

On Tuesday (October 12th) Brent Blue, the Coroner of Teton County, Wyoming, released Gabby Petito’s official autopsy results.

He ruled the cause of death as “manual strangulation/ throttling” and her manner of death as a “homicide”.

This means that Gabby was strangled and murdered by another person, not by an animal or a mechanical accident for example.

The coroner did not reveal details of her toxicology report or say whether an item was used to kill her.

However, he did say that she was not pregnant at the time of her death.

Gabby Petito’s final autopsy report revealed by Wyoming coroner Brent Blue

Her body had been there for weeks

Gabby’s body was found in a Wyoming forest on September 19th.

Her remains were found in Grand Teton National Park, where she had been camping with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

The coroner revealed that her body had been “outside in the wilderness for three to four weeks” before it was found.

This estimates that she was murdered at the end of August. However, at the time of writing this, we don’t know who she was killed by.

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