The FBI’s decision not to share the cause of Gabby Petito’s death when the manner was announced and withhold her remains from her family is “very unusual,” according to the former chief forensic pathologist for New York State Police.
Two days after Petito’s body was found in Grand Teto National Park on September 19, officials ruled that her death was a homicide. However, the cause is still pending final autopsy results. Petito’s former partner, Brian Laundrie, has gone missing after being named as the person of interest in her murder. Laundrie, 23, also has an active warrant out for his arrest on fraud charges for allegedly using someone’s bank card and PIN around the time Petito, 22, disappeared.
Dr. Michael Baden spoke with Fox News on Tuesday. Baden previously served as chief medical examiner in New York City and chief forensic pathologist for the New York State Police. He has been involved in several high-profile cases, including the ongoing investigation into the death of disgraced financier and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.