GABBY Petito may have been strangled to death based on her body language in police bodycam footage, a private investigator claims.

It comes as a press conference is due to be held today at 2:30pm EST where it’s expected that coroners will reveal Gabby’s cause of death.


A preliminary autopsy revealed the manner of the vlogger's death to be a homicide – days after her body was found in Wyoming -but an official cause was not disclosed.

Jason Jenson, a Salt Lake City-based investigator, believes the vlogger’s cause of death could be asphyxiation.

He referred to Gabby’s body language while she was quizzed by cops after she and Laundrie were involved in an incident in Moab, Utah on August 12.

In an interview with Fox News, he claimed: “I wouldn’t be surprised that it’s manual strangulation.

“Any victim that’s been choked before – their natural reaction is to lower their chin to their clavicle to prevent that hand from going around their throat.”

Harrowing bodycam footage, first released last month, shows a tearful Gabby recalling a clash that she and her fiancé had outside the Moonflower Cafe. 

She said that their morning had been “stressful” and explained to cops that she had been apologizing to Laundrie for her OCD.

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Gabby alleged that Laundrie had grabbed her face, left a “burning” gash on her cheek and red marks on her arm as cops notice some bruises.

She told cops: "Well, he like grabbed me, like, with his nail, and I guess that's why it hurts. I definitely have a cut. Like, I can feel it."

Gabby alleged that Laundrie had told her to shut up as she appeared to admit that she hit him first.

While the vlogger appeared distressed, her fiancé seemed calm throughout as he told cops his story.

He told the police: "She (Gabby) gets really worked up, and when she does she swings and she had her cell phone in her hand. So I was just trying to push her away." 

'HE GRABBED ME'

Laundrie claimed that Gabby had attacked him, alleging that she scratched his face and arm.

He said: "She had her phone and was trying to get the keys from me. So, I was backing away – I know I shouldn’t have pushed her but I was just trying to push her away to go ‘Let’s take a minute. Step back and breathe.”

The incident in Utah came just weeks before Gabby’s last known contact with her family.

She told her parents that the couple had reached Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 25.

Cops and FBI agents found the vlogger's remains on September 19.

Meanwhile, Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17 – days after returning to Florida alone without Gabby.

He allegedly told them that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota.

SEARCH CONTINUES

Cops and FBI detectives have scoured the national park but the fugitive remains at large

Reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter joined search efforts but has had to return to Colorado amid reports of an ankle injury.

But, it’s thought that he has assembled a “talented team” to continue the manhunt while he’s away, WFLA reports.

Dog will continue to process leads in Colorado and is raising funds to continue funding the "expensive" search.

He has been searching the Fort de Soto campground and its nearby islands for weeks after receiving a tip-off that the Laundries camped there on September 6.

The bounty hunter told The Sun that he has received more than 3,000 potential leads.

While searching the Fort de Soto campground, the bounty hunter appeared to find a Monster energy drink can. It’s not known if it belonged to Laundrie.

The gold can appeared to show no signs of rust or faded colors, Fox News reports.

Dog is yet to find Laundrie but his daughter Lyssa Chapman said he was also investigating a potential sighting along the Appalachian Trail.

There have been alleged sightings of Laundrie in other parts of Florida, Alabama, Canada, and Mexico. Most alleged sightings have led to dead ends.



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