The search for fugitive Brian Laundrie recently came to an end when authorities found his remains in the Carlton Reserve. Dog the Bounty Hunter joined the investigation to try to bring in Laundrie alive. Although he was unsuccessful, the bounty hunter’s daughter shared how proud she is of her father’s contributions.
On Thursday, the FBI confirmed that remains they discovered the day before matched Laundrie’s DNA. The announcement brought an almost six-week search for the fugitive to an abrupt end.
Dog the Bounty Hunter temporarily moved his headquarters to Central Florida to conduct his own private search for Laundrie. He felt compelled to get involved after Gabby Petito’s case captured the nation’s attention in recent months.
During his investigation, Dog (real name Duane Chapman) came across multiple clues that he hoped would lead to Brian Laundrie’s capture. He supposedly found surveillance footage evidence and received thousands of leads in the case. However, Chapman couldn’t find the fugitive in time to bring him to justice alive.
Earlier this afternoon, Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, posted about her dad’s search. She shared details about the case, and showed proof about how many leads they followed. Lyssa uploaded a screenshot of 3,400 phone messages in their inbox and 1,060 text messages.
The bounty hunter received almost 4,500 tips that Dog’s crew attempted to follow up on one by one. He may not be leaving Florida with Brian Laundrie in custody, but his daughter said she’s “so proud of my dad for helping.”
“I’m sure if Gabby’s Dad asked anyone of you for help you would have done the same thing my dad did. He used his skills, contacts, money and time to help and I appreciate all of the kind messages of support. On to the next case…,” Chapman added in a third tweet.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Thinks Brian Laundrie Could Be Alive Today If Parents Cooperated
As Dog the Bounty Hunter and his crew’s time in Florida came to an end, they made a series of statements about the investigation. Following weeks of searching and combing through thousands of tips, Chapman is taking his headquarters back home to Colorado. But before he returned, multiple news outlets asked the reality TV star for his thoughts on the case.
Around the same time that authorities found Gabby Petito’s body in Grand Teton National Park, her fiancé went missing. His parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, told police that their son went hiking in the Carlton Reserve and never came home. But past reporting their son as missing, Laundrie’s parents were slow to cooperate with the FBI-led investigation. They stayed silent for weeks, and hired an attorney to speak for them. Dog the Bounty Hunter thinks their decision to not cooperate could’ve been a fatal mistake for their son.
“If the Laundrie parents had fully cooperated from the beginning, Brian Laundrie might still be alive,” Chapman told In Touch today.
“The positive ID of Brian Laundrie’s remains gives some measure of closure to this case,” Chapman continued. “If not to Gabby’s family, who will likely now never know what truly happened.”