Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue found in his initial determination that Petito, 22, was the victim of a homicide, the FBI’s Denver Field Office announced on Sept. 21. Her body had turned up near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19.
But the office stopped short of revealing the cause of death pending the final autopsy results, and days went by without the agency releasing her remains to the family – a move that Baden, a Fox News contributor, called “very unusual.”
He added: “I think that the only reason would be, you’re concerned that you’re missing something, but that should not be a concern, because whatever is needed to investigate the death from the point of view of the medical examiner will be seen, documented and could be retained.”
If a pathologist is questioning whether someone suffered from heart disease, he or she would retain the heart – “but you don’t retain the whole body,” Baden said.
“I think that the only reason would be, you’re concerned that you’re missing something, but that should not be a concern, because whatever is needed to investigate the death from the point of view of the medical examiner will be seen, documented and could be retained,” he added.
For example, if a pathologist is looking to determine if someone suffered from heart disease, he or she would retain the heart, but not the whole body, Baden said.
“In 2021, where anything of value can be document[ed], retained, tested on day one or two or three, there’s no reason to keep the whole body from the family,” he added.
Asked whether she thought the missing 23-year-old
The state attorney for Palm Beach County in Florida claimed more serious criminal charges against Ms Petito’s missing boyfriend were “extremely likely” if he’s found alive.
David Aronberg defended his office for not filing charges against Mr Laundrie, saying “prosecutors have a higher burden to prove cases beyond any reasonable doubt”.
Asked by News Nation Now why Mr Laundrie hadn’t been charged with a more serious crime at this point in the death of his 22-year-old travel blogger girlfriend, which has been ruled a homicide, Mr Aronberg added: “I think that’s coming.”
Petito and Laundrie embark on a cross-country trip, according to North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison, who refers to Laundrie as Petito’s fiancé.They planned to travel in Petito’s white Ford van to the West Coast and visit state and national parks across the western United States, Garrison says at a news briefing.She had been excited to share her journey with her family and others on social media, he says.”She maintained regular contact with her family members during her travels; however, that communication abruptly stopped around the end of August,” the police chief adds.
Moab, Utah, police have an encounter with the couple on August 12, where officers describe them as having “engaged in some sort of altercation.”Although the two are described as getting into a physical fight following an argument, “both the male and female reported they are in love and engaged to be married and desperately didn’t wish to see anyone charged with a crime,” a report from officer Eric Pratt says.