Gabby Petito autopsy: Strangulation can be precursor to homicide, domestic violence, experts say
NORTH PORT, Fla. – Strangulation can "very well" be a precursor to homicide, as it was in the case of deceased 22-year-old Gabby Petito, experts say.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue on Tuesday announced that Petito died from manual strangulation weeks after the FBI uncovered the 22-year-old's remains at Bridger-Teton National Forest, north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
GABBY PETITO AUTOPSY PAINTS GRIM PICTURE OF LAST MOMENTS, EXPERTS SAYWyant added that controlling finances and isolating victims from friends and family are "considerable red flags" of a relationship moving in an unhealthy direction.
GABBY PETITO: EXPERTS SAY 1ST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGE LIKELY AFTER AUTOPSY RESULTMore than one in four women who identified themselves as being in abusive relationships said they had experienced non-fatal strangulation, according to a 2008 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
"Research has repeatedly demonstrated non-fatal strangulation and other forms of violence are important risk factors for homicide.
"While strangulation is a relatively widespread form of violence toward women who experience violence in abusive relationships, it is important to recognize how it is a predictor for future lethal violence," Romanoff explained.
BRIAN LAUNDRIE SEEN ARGUING IN WYOMING RESTAURANT HOURS BEFORE GABBY PETITO VANISHED, EYEWITNESSES SAYLizbeth Meredith, a former domestic violence advocate and probation officer who now works as a domestic violence educator, similarly told Fox News that strangulation can "very well can be a precursor to homicide."
Meredith, who is herself a victim of domestic violence and, specifically, strangulation, said the violent act "is considered to be a red flag of an extremely volatile abuser and now taken more seriously in the last years as it can very well end in homicide."
GABBY PETITO: FEDERAL ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR BRIAN LAUNDRIEPetito's parents reported her missing eight days before her remains were discovered.
The 22-year-old was traveling cross-country in a Ford transit van with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, when she went missing.
Before her disappearance, Petito and Laundrie were recorded in Aug. 12 Moab, Utah, police bodycam footage following a domestic incident in which Petito takes blame for hitting Laundrie, though she does tell police that Laundrie grabbed her face.
Laundrie is a person of interest in the case, and his whereabouts have been unknown for weeks.