Gabby Petito Case: Dog the Bounty Hunter Refusing to Share His Tips with Police

by Amy Myers

Duane Chapman, otherwise known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, is more of a lone wolf, even in a national case. Chapman continues to search for fugitive Brian Laundrie in the Gabby Petito case. However, he explained that he isn’t collaborating with police and vise versa.

Since joining the search efforts for Laundrie last Saturday, Chapman has received thousands of tips from his 833-TELLDOG hotline. The bounty hunter clarified that he and police investigators “work differently,” so he hasn’t shared any of these tips with authorities. Even if Chapman follows up on a lead that police have already investigated, the bounty hunter wants to come to his own conclusion.

“I guess we kind of do the same thing but I really don’t pay too much attention, like they don’t pay too much attention to me,” the bounty hunter told hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith of Spicer & Co.

According to the bounty hunter, he and law enforcement tend to work on different planes, very rarely interacting until Chapman brings in the fugitive.

“I can’t call up and say, ‘Hey, G-Man…where’s your leads?’” Chapman said. “And they don’t call me and say, ‘Hey, Dog, where’s your leads?’ – so I have no idea.”

All police know about Chapman’s tips in the Gabby Petito case is the sheer quantity. The bounty hunter also added that roughly 20 percent of the calls from his personal hotline are “positive leads.”

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While Chapman might not have FBI authorities on speed dial, he’s not hesitant to dial 911 when the situation becomes dangerous. If he comes across a bounty that is brandishing a weapon, he lets the police handle the takedown.

“Now if someone’s in a house and they start firing at us, then we call Big Brother and they send the SWAT and the dogs and get the guy,” he explained. “But I don’t check in with the police officers or the government to tell them what I’m doing and again they don’t check in with me to tell me what they’re doing.”

As both police and Chapman continue their separate investigations, the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancée reaches the end of its second week. Investigators first began the hunt for Laundrie on September 18, a day after his parents reported him missing. A spokesperson for the bounty hunter stated that he would continue the search on Friday at an “undisclosed location.”

Regarding the interaction between Chapman and the police, his team clarified that the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé was no competition.

“Dog does not care who brings him in, just that he is apprehended,” Chapman’s team said in a statement.