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Why the Wyoming coroner in the Gabby Petito case wants to avoid media ‘circus’

Dr. Brent Blue said the Gabby Petito case has a lot of sensationalism around it

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue gives a press conference in Jackson, Wyoming.
Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue gives a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Jackson, Wyo., on the cause of death of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. Petito had been on a cross-country trip with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
Bradly J. Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP

Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue wants to avoid all of the noise surrounding the Gabby Petito case.

Blue, a Wyoming coroner who announced Petito’s cause of death, recently told The Louisville Courier Journal that there is so much “hoopla” surrounding the Petito case.

  • “The media has been somewhat of a circus because there’s so much sensationalism going on,” he told The Courier Journal. “But I’m just doing my job and keeping it very objective, very professional and trying to ignore the hoopla.”

On Tuesday, Blue held a press conference to reveal Gabby Petito’s cause of death for the young woman who went missing in September before her body was found outside a Wyoming national park. She had been traveling with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.

  • Blue said Petito had been strangled about three to four weeks before her body was found on Sunday, Sept. 19, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Reports surfaced earlier in the week that Blue would hold a press conference to share the autopsy report.

Blue later told CNN he was unsure when Petito was killed because of weather conditions and since so much time had passed since her death.

  • “There will not be an exact date of death on the death certificate,” Blue said.