Gabby Petito must've been so scared knowing she was going to die while being strangled – it makes me sick to my stomach

GABBY Petito must’ve been so "scared knowing she was probably going to die" while being strangled, a high school friend says.

Coroners revealed Tuesday afternoon that the vlogger, 22, died from “manual strangulation”.

One of Gabby's friends shared their horror after the autopsy findings were revealed.

Alyssa Chen, who went to school with the vlogger in Long Island, told PEOPLE: “It makes me sick to my stomach. I wonder what was going through her mind, knowing she was probably about to die. She must’ve been so scared.”

Residents in North Port, Florida have also expressed their condolences to the vlogger's family.

Sandra Vaughn told WWSB: “My heart just sunk into my stomach, very upsetting.

“Gabby’s parents, I am so so sorry, my heart really breaks for you.”

Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue revealed Tuesday that the vlogger died by strangulation.

Dr Blue added that the vlogger's predicted death was three to four weeks before her body was found. The body was outside "in the wilderness" for this time.

In an interview with NewsNationNow, Blue said a body lying outside for a lengthy period of time is prone to decomposition.

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He said: “In a situation where any body that is outside whether’s it’s exposed to the elements and insects and animals – there’s various forms of decomposition.

“Decomposition usually runs its various course.”

The doctor also confirmed that YouTuber was not pregnant at the time of her death.

He added that a toxicology report was unable to be released at this time.

Gabby’s family are heading to Wyoming so they can be “reunited” with their daughter, Fox News reports.

They plan to have her body cremated before returning to New York with her ashes, according to TMZ.

While in Wyoming, the family will also meet with law enforcement for an update on the case.


Gabby's parents aren't intending to make any statements to the media until the vlogger's remains are in New York.

Laundrie and Gabby, who met in New York before moving to Florida two years ago, were around two months into their planned four-month cross-country road trip touring the US’ national parks before Gabby vanished sometime around August 27.

He quietly returned home to Florida without his fiancée on September 1.

Gabby was eventually reported missing by her family on September 11 and her remains were found by cops in a Wyoming national park a week later.

Days later, Laundrie vanished after allegedly telling his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve. The fugitive was reported missing on September 17.

A four-week search for the fugitive has so far yielded no leads beyond speculation and a handful of potential sightings.

The host of America's Most Wanted John Walsh suggested Laundrie may have traveled to Mexico.

He told ID Wednesday: “He (Laundrie) could walk across the border naked with his hair on fire and nobody would notice him.

“I think that’s maybe where he’s hiding – and somebody might be helping him.”

Walsh alleged that Laundrie’s parents Chris and Roberta may be helping the 23-year-old. There is no evidence to support these claims.

The criminal investigator said he's received thousands of potential leads.

Walsh said: “Most of them are about my theory of his father driving him to the Mexican border and letting him go through Mexico.”

The TV host says he has also received calls about potential sightings in the Bahamas. There is no evidence suggesting Laundrie is in the Caribbean country.

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