Dog the Bounty Hunter Reportedly Turns Over Evidence to Authorities in Brian Laundrie Manhunt

by Leanne Stahulak

Dog the Bounty Hunter officially turned over evidence found during his search to the authorities. The evidence comes from Fort De Soto Park near St. Petersburg, Florida.

According to The New York Post, Duane “Dog” Chapman handed over the evidence with the hope that traces of Brian Laundrie’s DNA could be found on it. Dog discovered that Laundrie stayed at the local park with his family between Sept. 6-8. This past week, the bounty hunter’s been scouring the park and islands off its coast for signs Laundrie never left.

He reported finding a campsite and recently used Monster can on Sept. 29. The Post did not say if they were among the evidence given to the authorities. Per Dog the Bounty Hunter’s publicist, he’s also working with an off-duty police officer on the team to help with the search.

“Tracking a fugitive is a marathon, not a sprint,” Dog the Bounty Hunter said. “We are continuing to search for Brian Laundrie. The longer he is on the run, the more dangerous this becomes.”

Dog’s time in Florida might be up. His publicist reported that he’s starting to look into a lead that puts Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail. Dennis Davis, a 53-year-old from Florida, spoke to Fox News and several other news outlets about seeing a man who he’s positive was Brian Laundrie near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, told The New York Post that she and Davis were talking. She said that Dog’s team is confirming several new leads, with almost 3,000 tips coming in from the hotline.

Dog the Bounty Hunter: Will He Look Into New Lead on Appalachain Trail?

Earlier this week, Dennis Davis told news outlets that he’s almost certain he met Brian Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail. “There is no doubt about it. That was Brian Laundrie I was just talking to. 100%. Not a doubt in my mind,” Davis said.

While driving towards a parking lot to drop off his car, Davis passed a pick-up truck whose driver stuck his head out of the window. Davis pulled over to talk to the driver.

“I could tell right away that something wasn’t right with him,” the hiker recalled. At first, Davis thought the man might be “on drugs.” But after a closer look, he decided the guy just “looked mentally shot” and “not dirty at all.”

The duo had a weird conversation about the driver trying to find a way to California so he could see his girlfriend after they had a fight. Davis recommended he take I-40 West, but the man said, “No, I think this road that we’re on — I’m going to take it to California.”

After their conversation, as he drove away, Davis stated wondering if the man might just be Brian Laundrie. So he looked up photos of the missing man, and in his mind, the two were a match. He quickly called the FBI and local police stations. As of Sunday morning, no authorities had reached back out to him.