DOG the Bounty Hunter has revealed how he would track down missing Brian Laundrie – but said “suicide is likely” as feds continue to hunt Gabby Petito’s fiancé.
The TV bail bondsman suggested that investigators start with friends and family before looking into the connection between him and the Florida reserve police.
Dog – real name Duane Chapman – told Newsweek: “We need to run his record. We need to see what his background is, as far as domestic violence or anything else.”
Chapman said Laudrie “isn’t an experienced runner or criminal” and it’s possible “he’s right there in his hometown.”
But he added: “Suicide is a very likely possibility.”
SNIFFER DOGS AT THE SCENE
An underwater recovery team has reportedly been called to the Carlton Nature Reserve in the hunt for Brian.
Sniffer dogs are also at the scene, “currently assisting @northportpd in the search for” Laundrie.
Gabby returned to North Port on September 1, but he is still missing.
A preliminary autopsy report on Tuesday identified Gabby’s body after it was found at a Wyoming national park on Sunday. It was reported that her death was a homicide.
America’s Most Wanted’ host John Walsh has said he is “settling up to catch” Brian.
Check out our Gabby Petto live blog to get the most recent news and updates.
He added: “I don’t know how he got out of the house with the FBI and local cops watching him day and night.”
Laundrie’s neighbor Gary Coble told WFLA: “Turn yourself in. They’re hunting. They’ll find you.”
Police, FBI agents, and K9s started searching the 24,000-acre nature reserve for Brian during the weekend without success.
However, on Wednesday divers with an underwater recovery team were called to the reserve, Sarasota Sheriff’s Office told a local reporter.
It comes as internet sleuths are peddling a wild conspiracy that Laundrie may be hiding on a boat to evade police.
The theory, which is gaining traction on Twitter, appears to be born out from an unfounded claim that Laundrie went live on Instagram for a matter of seconds on Monday.
The FBI stated that it is currently seeking to speak with anyone who saw Gabby at Spread Creek, where her body was found, between August 27th and 30.
Gabby was last seen spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 24.
She sent a final text to her mom on August 30, claiming: “No service in Yosemite.” But her family have cast doubt on whether that message had actually been sent by Gabby.
Laundrie and Petito lived together for the past two decades. The transit was discovered parked outside their home.
After he allegedly told his family that he was planning to hike in the Mabry-Carlton Reserve, Laundrie was reported missing by his relatives.
Laundrie’s parents said that they drove his car home from a Florida wildlife reserve after he “failed to return from a hike” – days before they reported him missing.
On Monday, cops searched the home of Laundrie and bundled his parents into a police van after declaring the area a “crime scene.”
The FBI announced a “search warrant” twice before they removed Chris and Roberta Laundrie from the home. The parents were put in a van that was placed on their lawn.
Police also towed away Laundrie’s silver Mustang from his parents’ home.
According to some reports, Laundrie may have driven his Mustang on Tuesday while he was supposedly going for a hike in a nature reserve of 25,000 acres in Sarasota. This is the last time his family claims they saw him.
Laundrie’s parents reportedly told police they realized Brian hadn’t come back from his hike “on Wednesday or Thursday,” and that’s when they went to pick up the Mustang and drove it back to their home.
When asked by local reporter Brian Entin if Laundrie’s parents could be leading them in the wrong direction, police said they are “working to corroborate their story.”
“They did not say ‘we believe the parents or we know for sure that Brian was hiking in this reserve’,” shared Entin.
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