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Gabby Petito: Dog the Bounty Hunter to set up Florida base to find Brian Laundrie

“He’s trying to decide the next best lead to track,” a source said about Dog the Bounty Hunter, who is trying to find Laundrie in Gabby Petito case
UPDATED SEP 29, 2021
Dog the Bounty Hunter has been searching for Brian Laundrie (Getty Images/ Bennett Raglin and Instagram)
Dog the Bounty Hunter has been searching for Brian Laundrie (Getty Images/ Bennett Raglin and Instagram)

Dog the Bounty Hunter is taking the next step in his efforts to find Brian Laundrie, the missing boyfriend of Gabby Petito, who vanished during a cross-country trip with him before her dead body was found. It has been reported that the television personality, whose real name is Duane Chapman, will set up a home base in Central Florida on Wednesday, September 29, to catch the 23-year-old man, who has been named a person of interest in Gabby’s case.

A source commented on Chapman’s next move and said, “He’s trying to decide the next best lead to track. They are returning hundreds of calls and planning.” Reports said the 68-year-old former bail bondsman canceled his honeymoon with his newly-wed wife Francie Frane, on Saturday, September 25, to join the FBI manhunt for Brian, who has been missing since September 14 after returning from the trip on September 1 without Gabby.


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The Long Island YouTuber’s remains were found on September 19 inside a national park in Wyoming. On September 21, the official identification was done and in a statement, the Denver office of the FBI said: “Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed the remains are those of Gabrielle Venora Petito, date of birth March 19, 1999. Coroner Blue’s initial determination for the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death remains pending final autopsy results.”

The search operation for Brian was in full swing as authorities have been looking through a waterlogged 25,000-acre reserve near Brian’s parents’ home in North Port, Florida. But Chapman has a different theory. He believed that Gabby's boyfriend was miles away at the Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, where he along with his parents was seen on September 8.


The new detail comes as Brian’s parents called cops on Chapman after he was seen banging on the front door of their home, where the fugitive once lived with Gabby. But Chapman defended himself by saying, “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.”

Media personality Duane Chapman, known in the media as "Dog the Bounty Hunter" promotes his book "When Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given" at Borders Wall Street on March 19, 2010, in New York City (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, people on Twitter have reacted to Chapman’s search efforts to Brian. A user wrote, “Well if Dog the Bounty Hunter is on his case (and he is), Brian's days are numbered. That guy knows how to catch people better than the FBI themselves.” The second one commented, “I really can’t believe this gabby petito and brian laundrie documentary is gonna end with dog the bounty hunter bringing him into custody.” “The fact that Dog the Bounty Hunter has made more progress in a case than the FBI, shows where this country is at right now,” the third one added.




A tweet read, “It wouldn’t surprise me if it’s witness leads. Some people might not want to get involved with the FBI but will push their grandma over to talk to Dog the bounty hunter. I do not like him as a human  but i think his presence could have its benefits here.” “Why the fuck does it feel like #BrianLaundrie  is going to be brought in by #dogthebountyhunter  idk why I just can't shake it I keep feeling like one of these days I'm going to come on Twitter and see dog the bounty hunter found Brian laundrie trending,” another one added.