Gabby Petito Case: Did Dog the Bounty Hunter Fly ‘Aloha Brian Laundrie’ Banner Around Florida?

by Leanne Stahulak

Dog the Bounty Hunter swore to track down Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, Brian Laundrie. And now that he’s closing in, he’s sending a message to Laundrie via a banner flown around by plane. Or at least, that’s what someone wanted to make it look like.

Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, is focusing his efforts on Fort De Soto Park near St. Petersburg, Florida. We know Brian Laundrie and his parents visited the park on Sept. 6-8, according to park documents. But Dog believes Laundrie never left the park with his parents.

So, the bounty hunter’s been scoping out several islands close to the park where Laundrie could be hiding. He brought on “boat crews,” “ground teams,” and private K-9 units to try and sniff out Gabby Petito’s boyfriend.

While Laundrie still hasn’t been located, Dog did discover a recently used campsite and a Monster can on one of the islands. But he said in a recent Instagram post that “Chapman and his team found no conclusive evidence that Laundrie was still on Egmont Key.”

But Dog the Bounty Hunter isn’t giving up hope just yet. Or at least, someone pretending to be Dog isn’t giving up yet. Another tactic someone used to in hopes of sending a message to Gabby Petito’s boyfriend is flying a banner around the islands off the coast of Florida. “Aloha Brian Laundrie,” the banner reads, signed “Dog.” You can see the banner for yourself in the tweet below.

They could be flying it around for any number of reasons. While it wasn’t confirmed to be Dog, he definitely does like to get in the head of the people he’s hunting down. In fact, usually he does so by making phone calls to the fugitive, according to 97.3 The Dawg. While he can’t do that now because he doesn’t have Laundrie’s number, Dog’s not afraid to improvise.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Criticized in Gabby Petito Case For Possibly Hindering Investigation

The internet’s divided over whether or not Dog the Bounty Hunter should be helping in the Gabby Petito case. On the one hand, people say, the more help in finding Brian Laundrie, the better. But others say he could hamper the FBI and police’s work to track down Laundrie, especially when people with tips are divided between the two sources.

Former FBI Special Agent Dr. Bryanna Fox is now an associate professor of criminology at the University of South Florida. She spoke with local news station WFLA about how Dog’s search affects the general manhunt for Laundrie.

“The other big issue with somebody who is such a high-profile person, such as a reality TV figure, injecting themselves is everything they learn now is public,” Fox said. “And law enforcement, when they learn certain information, they hold that back. That protects the integrity of their investigation. It also makes sure that if they eventually catch the right person, there are some details that only law enforcement knows.”