Dog the Bounty Hunter has a THOUSAND leads in Brian Laundrie search & shares wanted poster – but gets age wrong
DOG the Bounty Hunter claims his team has more than a thousand leads in the hunt for Brian Laundrie.
The reality TV star – who joined the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé over the weekend – said he does not believe the missing man is in the Florida swamp being looked at by cops.
Dog – real name Duane Chapman – said on Monday his team are in the process of “going through all those leads.”
He added: “I would say within 48 hours, we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at.
“He’s very young, he’s not an experienced criminal. He’ll do what he should do. He can’t stay and shoplift and stay in cheap motels or rob people like a lot of people like I chase.
“This kid is an outdoorsman so I think he went to where he’s comfortable, to the outdoors.”
‘CAUGHT ON CAMERA’
Dog on Monday also shared a wanted poster for Brian – but appeared to get his age wrong, saying the 23-year-old was born in 1987.
He told Fox News on Monday that Brian’s parents are said to have been caught on camera at Florida campground 75 miles from their home in the days before their son disappeared.
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Brian was not with Chris and Roberta Laundrie when they left Fort De Soto Park days later, according to Dog.
The reality TV star told Fox news: “They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here.
“We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp.”
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Laundrie and his parents are said to have visited the campsite twice – once September 1 to 3 and again on September 6 to 8.
MAPPING HIS MOVEMENTS
Dog added: “Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left on the 8th. Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure.”
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday they are not investigating the area and are unaware of any confirmed sightings of Laundrie, according to local reports.
Laundroe attorney Steven Bertolino said: “They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.
“The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong.”
Dog said that his team will continue to investigate leads in the Fort De Soto Park area, adding, “I think he’s been here for sure.”
In his interview with Fox News, Dog also addressed the possibility that Brian might be somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.
“He spent a couple months there in the past, and he is an outdoorsman,” said Dog.
“He’s very young, he’s not an experienced criminal,” the bounty hunter explained, adding that Brian’s lack of criminal history prior to Gabby’s disappearance suggests that Brian won’t attempt shoplifting or breaking and entering to stay on the run.
“This kid is an outdoorsman, so I think he went where he’s comfortable,” Dog said.
He also addressed the idea Laundrie could be moving from island to island in a canoe.
Dog said: “There’s a lot of little islands around the area where we’re at, that he could get to on a canoe.”
“We talked to the caretakers today of the islands, they said he could be out here,” he added.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Gabby Petito’s family, Richard Stafford, has scheduled a press conference for the afternoon of Tuesday, September 28.
Stafford has not indicated what specific information the conference will address.
Early on Monday, it emerged that Laundrie’s parents called 911 on Dog the Bounty Hunter after he knocked at their Florida home.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, said it was a “shame” Roberta and Chris Laundrie called for cops rather than open the door to him.
Gabby Petito supporters have slammed the family’s silence, with a number of protesters arriving outside the home with a megaphone and posters on Monday.
Reality bounty hunter Dog has pledged to catch Gabby’s missing fiancé Brian before the fugitive’s birthday in November.
The reality TV star joined the search at the weekend as cops try to find the 23-year-old.
A dispatcher was heard saying Brian’s mom Roberta “referenced a situation with the male.”
Dog told Fox News: “It’s a shame they wouldn’t speak with us.
“The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did. I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive.”
North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor confirmed: “We’ve been called to the house numerous times for all sorts of issues: media, protesters, celebrity searchers.
“It’s not something normal. If the family calls and is concerned, we will respond like we would for anyone.”
PERSON OF INTEREST
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after allegedly telling his family that he was going for a hike in a nature reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
That came after he returned home to his parent’s house without Gabby. The couple had been on a cross country road trip when she disappeared.
Gabby was reported missing by her family on September 11. Her body was found several days later in a Wyoming national park.
An initial autopsy found that Petito died as a result of a homicide.
Laudrie has been named as a person of interest in her disappearance.
The FBI has also issued a warrant for his arrest; Laundrie is accused of swiping a Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.
Detectives have scoured the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota since last weekend after the 23-year-old reportedly told his parents that he was going for a hike.
Search efforts led by police are likely to be scaled back as FBI agents lead the probe, reports say.
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