By Aoife Hanna
Dog the Bounty Hunter is looking for Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fugitive boyfriend, as the ongoing search to discover his whereabouts continues.
The heartbreaking story of Gabby's death has highlighted the issues of violence against women and domestic abuse. It has also piqued the interest of those interested in true crime as the mysterious and heartbreaking case continues.
In an unexpected turn of events, reality TV star Duane Chapman, known as Dog the Bounty Hunter has revealed that he's searching for Brian.
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Dog, an expert in tracking people down, has even promised that he'll catch the fugitive boyfriend before his 24th birthday on November 18, 2021.
The New York Post reports that the reality TV star was seen banging on the screen door of the Florida home where Brian lived with Gabby, the Long Island native.
Speaking to the publication, he revealed that hundreds of tips had already come in on his 833-TELLDOG hotline. He revealed that many of these indicating that Brian is somewhere along the Appalachian trail—a location he was known to camp in for months at a time.
“That is the most leads coming in right now that say that,” Dog told The Post.
“[Gabby's] friend Rose said she was 100% sure and more that because of his past, being there for two months at a time that she said ‘I’m telling you right now that’s where he headed,’” said Dog. "That’s what he does. He’s a wilderness guy.”
He also said that, although the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve near his Florida home is being extensively searched by authorities, he isn’t convinced Brian is hiding there.
The reality star also alleged that Brian's parents helped him escape, referring to the fact that Wyoming is a state which still has the death penalty. “That’s their baby," he said. "This is not going to jail for 20 years, this is execution."
What happened to Gabby Petito?
💔#GABBYPETITO she touched the world. pic.twitter.com/DukH7UCTPoSeptember 19, 2021
Gabby embarked on a road trip with her boyfriend Brian in July 2021. After a month of traveling, Brian returned home to Florida without Gabby and she was officially reported missing by her family on September 11, 2021.
Brian refused to speak to police or the media, following his girlfriend's disappearance, then disappeared himself a few days after returning from the trip.
The social media influencer's body was found on September 19, 2021 after a nationwide search, at a campground in Wyoming’s Bridger Teton National Forest, not far from Grand Teton National Park. The coroner has since ruled her death as a homicide.
Although her death has been ruled a homicide, Brian has not been accused of being responsible. The FBI issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday, September 2021, based on his suspected use of Petito’s debit card on August 30 and September 1.
Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.
She's an Irish journalist and writer with over 1500 bylines and a background in creative writing, comedy and TV production.
Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the soon-to-be-published Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.
Outside of work you might bump into her at a garden center, charity shop, hot yoga studio, lifting heavy weights or (most likely) supping/eating some sort of delicious drink/meal.
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