‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ Sets Up Home Base in Florida for Brian Laundrie Manhunt

by Chris Haney

Following his recent involvement with the Brian Laundrie manhunt, Dog the Bounty Hunter is setting up shop in Central Florida to provide continued assistance on the case.

Duane Chapman, who is better known as Dog, is a real-life bounty hunter. He became a reality TV star in the 2000s because of his show that followed him as he tracked down fugitives. Chapman tracked fugitives from his home base of Hawaii and in his native state of Colorado on the show. However, he and his bounty hunting crew are now setting up in Florida to help with the Brian Laundrie investigation.

A New York Post report stated that Dog the Bounty Hunter will officially relocate for now to Central Florida. The newlywed put his honeymoon with wife Francie Frane on hold to lend a hand to the ongoing search. He joined the investigation on Saturday to look for Laundrie who is a prime suspect in his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.

On Tuesday, Chapman and his crew went over leads related to the search while on Marcos Island, according to the outlet. Supposedly, a source close to the situation said he also made plans to move his team’s headquarters tomorrow.

“He’s trying to decide the next best lead to track,” the source told the New York Post. “They are returning hundreds of calls and planning.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter Claims to Have Lead on Possible Whereabouts of Brian Laundrie

As of the last 24 hours, Dog the Bounty Hunter has made claims of having new information that could lead to authorities finding Brian Laundrie. Allegedly, Chapman has video footage of Laundrie and his parents entering and exiting Florida’s Fort De Soto Park. The park is less than 100 miles away from the Laundrie family’s residence.

Chapman shared that registration reports prove that the family visited the park on two different recent occasions. He says they visited Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 6-8. However, Chapman explained that Brian Laundrie did not leave the park following the second trip.

“Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left [the campsite] on the 8th. Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told FOX News. 

“We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp,” he added.

The swamp Dog mentioned is the Carlton Reserve where authorities have focused their attention the last couple of weeks. According to Laundrie’s parents, their son told them he was going hiking there. Yet he never returned from the supposed hike, and his parents reported him missing on Sept. 17. As of Wednesday, the FBI-led search has had little to no luck while searching the Carlton Reserve.