Authorities say a body found in Grand Teton National Park is likely Gabby Petito’s remains. An autopsy will soon determine if there were “signs of violence,” medical examiner Dr Michael Baden said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday. Authorities said the investigation was still ongoing, noting that the body had not yet been 100% identified.
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DR. MICHAEL BADEN: The autopsy… should tell us if there were any signs of violence or if death may have been natural or if they need to do toxicology to find out if there are any medications or drugs involved. But this seems very worrying for both parties, unfortunately.
I think the police are treating this as if it were homicide. They may have a lot more information than we do. But the autopsy will find if there is violence, if there are injuries. Now, because a wound, a blunt wound, is it a fall, is it because she got hit by a rock or something? That’s what they can tell from the autopsy. The kind of concern a forensic scientist would have here is a possibility of neck compression or strangulation as one of the things to look for. But another thing to look for, could it be an overdose of a drug that was taken unintentionally or intentionally?
And then the body went from there, missing about 25 days at least. So there is a lot of decomposition, but it should not interfere with determining the cause of death.
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