Former FBI agent Stuart Kaplan has said the DNA evidence provided by Teton County’s coroner to law enforcement could be the key in solving Gabby Petito’s homicide.

“This can of course include him (Brian Laundrie) as being the attacker or responsible person for causing Gabby Petito’s death or it could exclude him,” Mr Kaplan was quoted by WPBF25 as saying.

Mr Laundrie, who has been missing for 29 days now, remains a “person of interest” in Petito’s homicide. The 23-year-old was the only person accompanying the travel blogger on her last road trip before she died, and returned home without her.

In absence of Mr Laundrie, Mr Kaplan believes the DNA sample could be proof that the police need to move things forward. And he dismissed suggestions that, amid a huge national media focus on the case, the police’s efforts have been slow.

“I think they have moved this investigation quite expeditiously,” Mr Kaplan was quoted as saying. “Every procedural part of this case could be subject to questioning or challenged in the court of law and law enforcement only has one opportunity to do it right and get it right.”

A major breakthrough came in the case this week when the cause of Petito’s death was established as strangulation. “That piece of information, I would bet, has gone into grand jury – there is now a sealed indictment for the apprehension for the person who is responsible for the death of Gabby Petito,” Mr Kaplan said.

However, the authorities might hold onto that information, he thinks. “They would tend to not want to unseal that,” said Mr Kaplan.


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