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Dog the Bounty Hunter Investigating Whether Brian Laundrie Could’ve Been Eaten by Gators, Wild Hogs

by Josh Lanier
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When Brian Laundrie vanished into a nature preserve in Florida, police warned of all of the dangers that would beset anyone trying to survive there. The North Port police said Carlton Reserve is full of deadly snakes, alligators, wild hogs, and an array of unpleasant bugs. That’s not to mention the recent flooding and normal dangers trying to live alone in the wilderness brings.

Dog the Bounty Hunter, who started hunting the wanted 23-year-old fugitive a few weeks ago, said he’s now considering the possibility that Laundrie succumbed to one of those dangers. Federal authorities want to question Laundrie about the strangulation death of his fiancee, Gabby Petito.

In an interview with The Sun, Dog the Bounty Hunter said he’s not ruling out anything in the hunt for Brian Laundrie.

“I’ve learned I learned a lot in this case,” the 68-year-old told the British tabloid. “I found out that a hog, wild boar, if they eat a human, and they check for DNA, we’re so close to their DNA, they can’t tell it.

“I also found out that an alligator, when they get you they don’t go — like we see on TV — eat you up. They… drown you and then stick you up underneath the bank for four or five days to start softening up, and then they eat you.”

Though Dog the Bounty Hunter told the newspaper that believes Brian Laundrie is still alive.

“In the beginning…I thought [Gabby’s death] was not intentional — second degree, involuntary,” he said. “Now, the way he’s running, I think it’s more than that. Is he alive? Oh, yeah. Yeah, he’s alive.”

He didn’t explain why he believes that or what evidence he’s found that backs up that claim.

Search Efforts for Brian Laundrie Ramp up Again at Reserve

Brian Laundrie packed a bag and told his family on Sept. 14 that he was going for a hike at Carlton Reserve, his parents said. He didn’t return home from the 25,000-acre Sarasota County, Fla. preserve. More than a month later, police are still searching for him there.

The search at the recreational area though has gone through phases. Shortly after Laundrie’s parents reported him missing — four days after he disappeared — FBI agents and police combed Carlton Reserve day and night. But after weeks of coming up empty-handed, search efforts wained as investigators focused on other potential areas.

But late this week, people reported seeing several police vehicles near the Venice entrance of the reserve, WFLA said. It seems investigators are ramping up searches again at Carlton Reserve, the news station reported. Police confirmed to the station they sent human cadaver dogs and patrol K9s into that area on Thursday to search for Brian Laundrie.

On Friday, investigators closed off an entrance to Carlton Reserve with police tape. Reporters saw police with rifles walking into the park later that day.

A police spokesperson told WFLA that they were “training and searching” there but didn’t elaborate on why they were in that area of the reserve.