Gabby Petito post-mortem: Coroner faces challenges in determining time, cause of dying, says forensic pathologist
The physique believed to be Gabby Petito will bear an post-mortem Tuesday as her fiance, Brian Laundrie, stays lacking. Board-certified forensic pathologist Priya Banerjee joined “Fox & Friends First” on Tuesday providing her experience on the important issue selections of the post-mortem and the potential challenges in determining the time and cause of dying.
“I would still approach this case like any other suspicious death, take fingernails, hair, any sort of sexual assault kit,” talked about Banerjee. “You just never know what can be found with further testing.”
“Then even with decomposition, sometimes the bugs found on the body and other tissue changes can even tell you help you along the lines for dating- bugs, soil elements that can actually, if a forensic entomologist gets involved, they can work backwards to try to deduce a better timeline for when she was killed.”
The physique, in step with the outline of Gabby Petito, was found in Wyoming on Sunday. The 22-year-old was reported lacking on September 11 after embarking on a cross-country highway journey with fiance Brian Laundrie, who stays an individual of curiosity, and is lacking.
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“Given the length of time, I just worried that everything’s going to not look like it’s supposed to be, hence the decomposition,” talked about Banerjee. “That can change not only the color of tissues, but it could potentially even hide surface defects.”
“Once we get inside, hopefully they can see, you know, remnants of blood discoloration, whatever else, bone trauma should be readily identified.”
Authorities haven’t been succesful of affirm however when the physique is Gabby Petito, nonetheless will perform DNA testing to make clear the id.
“The first thing to consider is that if we think about when she was last communicated with in late August, that leads quite a bit of time for her to be deceased and for the body to decompose,” talked about Banerjee.
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“So that’s going to make things a little bit more challenging.”
“But again, we don’t know exactly how she died. And so that’s going to be critical for the pathologist to really dive in, use all sorts of extra analysis, if you will, not only toxicology, potentially needing a forensic anthropologist, if bone traumas there, depending on the condition of the body.”
The FBI raided the Laundrie household dwelling in North Port, Florida on Monday, the place Gabby lived with Brian prior to embarking on their months-long highway journey to tour nationwide parks.
Laundrie returned from the couple’s journey in the 2012 Ford Transit van they used collectively, on September 1, nonetheless with out Gabby.
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