What do asphyxiation and strangulation mean?

ON October 12, 2021, nearly a month after the death of Gabby Petito, her autopsy revealed that she died from strangulation.

The 22-year-old had been missing for weeks after her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned home without her during a cross-country road trip.

What do asphyxiation and strangulation mean?

Asphyxiation is "the state or process of being deprived of oxygen, which can result in unconsciousness or death; suffocation," according to the dictionary.

An example of asphyxia is choking.

Asphyxiation can be a result of strangulation, which is characterized by a compression of the neck that may lead to unconsciousness or death.

However, strangulation does not always lead to death.

The three types of strangulation are:

  • Hanging: Suspension from a cord wound around the neck
  • Ligature strangulation: Strangulation without suspension using some form of cord-like object called a garrote
  • Manual strangulation: Strangulation using the fingers or other extremity

What happened to Gabby Petito?

After being reported missing since September 11, 2021, Gabby Petito’s remains were found in Grand Teton National Park, where she had been camping with her fiancé when she disappeared.

On September 21, 2021, the Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue confirmed that Petito died as a result of a homicide.

Read our Gabby Petito live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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