Following the breaking news that the FBI found the remains of Brian Laundrie, Dog the Bounty Hunter laid the blame at his parents’ feet for not turning him in sooner.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, has been in Florida conducting his own private investigation in the Gabby Petito case. Petito and Laundrie took a cross-country trip in recent months visiting America’s national parks. But Laundrie returned home to Florida in Petito’s van and his fiancée was nowhere in sight.
Officials eventually found her body in Grand Teton National Park, and Laundrie went missing around the same time. His parents told authorities that he went hiking in the Carlton Reserve, but he never returned. His parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, were slow to cooperate with the FBI-led investigation. Instead, they chose to be silent, and Dog the Bounty Hunter thinks it could’ve been a fatal mistake.
“If the Laundrie parents had fully cooperated from the beginning, Brian Laundrie might still be alive,” Chapman told In Touch today.
The reality TV star temporarily moved his headquarters to Central Florida to search for the fugitive himself. He came across multiple clues that he thought may lead to his capture, including surveillance footage evidence. Yet Dog the Bounty Hunter couldn’t find Laundrie in time to bring him to justice alive.
“The positive ID of Brian Laundrie’s remains gives some measure of closure to this case,” Dog explained. “If not to Gabby’s family, who will likely now never know what truly happened.”
Dog the Bounty Hunter Brings His Search for Brian Laundrie To a Close
Dog the Bounty Hunter has been on the hunt for Brian Laundrie for more than a month now. But on Wednesday, Chapman’s time in Florida came to an end.
He spoke to The Sun yesterday following the breaking news that officials had uncovered human remains, a notebook and backpack in the wildlife reserve. That led Chapman to shut down his independent investigation. He told the outlet he’s still praying for the Petito family since there are many questions left to be answered.
“We are praying for Gabby’s family as yet another day ends with seemingly more questions than answers. Though it does seem the search for Brian is indeed over,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told The Sun.
Authorities have been searching every inch of the Carlton Reserve since Laundrie went missing on Sept. 14. Almost six weeks later, officials have found the remains of Laundrie’s body, but Dog knows there are still more questions to be asked. He specifically pointed out that authorities will likely continue to look into Laundrie’s parents’ involvement.
“There will be time to ask questions such as what was the extent of the Laundries’ involvement in aiding Brian. But now we wait,” Chapman told the outlet.