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The Wyoming coroner who conducted the autopsy of high-profile murder victim Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was targeted with harassment during a press conference.
As Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue spoke with the media to announce the final autopsy report for Petito on Tuesday, he was verbally attacked through a reporter’s account.
“Someone hacked my name on the coroner’s chat and asked horrible things I’m told. That wasn’t me,” NewsNationNow reporter Brian Entin tweeted following the presser.
“The coroners office says there were at least four people logged into the zoom press conference under my name,” he noted.
A commenter uploaded screenshots of the harassment, which took place in the chat section of the streamed news conference.
“Hope you get homicied [sic],” one comment said, along with an anti-gay slur.
Another included a racial slur.
Entin, a Miami-based reporter, has been covering the Petito case for the past month. He has often staked himself out in front of the Laundrie home in North Port, Florida. Just Wednesday morning, he gave updates on Chris and Roberta Laundrie’s movements. Chris and Roberta are the parents of Brian Laundrie, the 23-year-old boyfriend of Petito, who is a person of interest in her disappearance. Brian has been a fugitive for weeks now. A federal arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest for the unauthorized use of a debit or credit card following Petito’s murder, though it doesn't specify whose card he allegedly used.
Blue announced on Tuesday that Petito, 22, was strangled to death and that she had been dead for some time before her remains were found on Sept. 19. Petito was reported missing on Sept. 11 by her family in New York, 10 days after Brian returned from a cross country trip with Petito to his parents' home without her.
"The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media" will air on Oxygen on Monday, January 24 at 9/8c. It's also available to stream on Peacock now.
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