Gabby Petito: Dog the Bounty Hunter Says He Has Over 1000 Leads on Brian Laundrie

by Shelby Scott

It seems the nation has joined in on the manhunt for Brian Laundrie. As such, leads and reports have rolled in from everywhere. Even Dog the Bounty Hunter, who joined in on the search earlier last week, reports over 1000 leads on Brian Laundrie. The fact potentially means reports become twisted and further complicated, slowing, rather than hastening, progress in the search.

However, with the growing number of reports, Dog the Bounty Hunter (Duane Chapman) remains resolved to get on Laundrie’s scent. Monday saw the bounty hunter in discussion with “Fox & Friends,” reporting on the leads he has received and continues to receive.

In regards to the thousands of leads, Chapman stated, “[W]e’re going through all those leads.” And while many of them could likely lead to nothing of note, the bounty hunter shared that many of them contain pictures of Laundrie in various locations. So he and his team continue to comb them over.

Rather confidently, Chapman also told the news outlet, “I would say within 48 hours, we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at.”

Further reports state law enforcement pursuing the case will likely see the search “scaled back and targeted.”

The search will then ensue in places based on tips regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts.

Gabby Petito’s death and Brian Laundrie’s proceeding disappearance have made national news. As such, Dog the Bounty Hunter isn’t the only high-profile TV personality putting additional pressure on the wanted fugitive. “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh has additionally added his expertise and opinions during search efforts.

However, the bounty hunter attracts media attention as he remains in the thick of the pursuance of Brian Laundrie. And while many Americans reached out to the iconic TV star to join in on the hunt, his actions are not necessarily legal.

Yes, unfortunately, there’s a good chance that if Chapman persists in his own hunt for Laundrie, he could very well face legal consequences. One Florida-based ABC affiliate explained the extent of the illegalities of Chapman’s hunt.

First off, “bounty hunter” as an official title is illegal in Florida, where Chapman and many others’ searches have begun. In the southern state, the profession is run by what is called bail agents. However, it’s not only the title putting Chapman in potential legal trouble.

Floridian policies require bond agents to be adult residents of the state. The position also requires a high school diploma and a lack of felony charges. Not to mention qualifying exams. On all accounts, Chapman fails. Not only is he not an FL resident and a registered Floridian bail agent, but he’s previously been charged as a convicted felon. The 1970s saw the bounty hunter slapped with a first-degree murder charge, though he didn’t officially kill anyone.

So, whichever way you spin it, Dog the Bounty Hunter really isn’t a legal resource in the manhunt for Brian Laundrie.