Duane Chapman, aka “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is on the search for Brian Laundrie, the fugitive fiancé of the deceased Gabby Petito, and a new tip he has received may hold the key to Laundrie’s whereabouts.
Dog told Fox News he received a tip on Monday that Laundrie’s parents spent the night with their son in Fort De Soto Park twice in early September, from Sept. 1-3 and then Sept. 6-8. Remember, the Laundries’ neighbors told police officers that Laundrie and his parents had left the house in a vehicle with an attached camper “about a week after September 1.” Only the parents ever returned home.
That timeline suggests the Laundries could have scoped out the park before helping Brian hide out there between Sept. 6-8. Law officers have mentioned this theory as well.
Unlike most tips he receives, Dog told FNC he believes this one is accurate and could lead to evidence on camera.
“They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here,” he told Fox News on Monday evening. “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.”
At least someone on the search will admit it: Brian Laundrie is not in the Carlton Reserve swamp. That was likely a red herring spread by his parents to buy their son time.
“Allegedly, what we’re hearing is two people left on the 8th,” Dog goes on. “Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure.”
If Laundrie is or was at Fort De Soto Park, he’s not far from home. The park is just 75 miles away from the Laundries’ home on Wabasso Avenue. Thus far, criminal investigators like John Walsh have speculated that Laundrie fled to Mexico or the Appalachian Mountains, an area in which he has spent time.
Either way, all circumstantial evidence indicates that Brian Laundrie’s parents assisted in his disappearance. I suspect Laundrie’s parents took him somewhere, waited for a few days to report him missing, and then misled authorities to a Florida swamp. For what it’s worth, Steven Bertolino, who represents Brian’s parents, says unequivocally that “they do not know where Brian is.”
As Dog said, the park’s surveillance should tell — or not tell — the story. Still, a Pinellas County sheriff spokesperson told Fox News that local police are not investigating Ft. DeSoto at this time. That’s fine, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman is on his way.