Brian Laundrie DID NOT return from camp with parents, claims Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty Hunter has claimed that he has found a lead in the search for Brian Laundrie and that a Florida campsite is likely to be the key to finding Laundrie, whose whereabouts have been unknown for several days. TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman claimed to have received a tip that Laundrie and his parents went camping at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County twice in early September. However, according to him only two people allegedly left the place.
Chapman told Fox News that Chris, Roberta and Brian Laundrie went to Fort De Soto twice, from September 1-3 and then again from September 6-8. On their second trip, only two people left while the one stayed behind. "They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here," he said. "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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"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," Chapman said. Fort De Soto Park is located about 75 miles away from the Laundries’ home on Wabasso Avenue and is spread over 1,130 acres. Chapman believes the recent tip he received gives hope that the search for Laundrie could finally come to an end. The reality TV star and former bail bondsman arrived at the house of Laundrie's parents on September 25 marched up their drive and knocked repeatedly on Laundrie's front door, demanding that the parents answer questions about their missing son.
Meanwhile, Laundrie's family attorney has said that Chris and Roberta Laundrie are not aware of their son's whereabouts. “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in a statement. “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,” he added.
Investigators have been looking for Laundrie around a wildlife refuge near his home in North Port for several days after he disappeared. At present, Laundrie is the only person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito's death. Ever since Laundrie's disappearance, social media has slammed Laundrie's parents, accusing them of helping him escape and not cooperating with police by concealing their son's whereabouts and even trashed their business by writing in scathing one-star reviews.
Petito's body was found on September 19 at Wyoming campground and her death was ruled a homicide. Despite the failed attempts to find Laundrie, experts believe that some clues hidden in Laundrie's behavior may lead investigators to him. Psychiatrist James Huysman said that a person like Laundrie, who he described as a narcissist, "is very likely to run away, to hide, to think they can get away with it."