Earlier this week, Brian Laundrie’s family called the police after Dog the Bounty Hunter knocked on their door. The former reality show star believes they are helping their son run from police in the Gabby Petito slaying. But he said he only wanted to speak with the 23-year-old’s father.
Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, told Dr. Oz. on Tuesday he wanted to reason with Brian Laundrie’s dad. He added that he understands what the family is going through. That’s because a Texas jury convicted Chapman of first-degree murder in 1976, The Sun reported.
“Well, you know, I wanna talk to his dad and explain the difference between involuntary manslaughter and murder one out of Wyoming,” Chapman told Dr. Oz. “In murder one, you’re facing the death penalty. Manslaughter is a life sentence with the possibility of parole,” he said. “I wanted to explain to him, ‘I know exactly what you’re going through right now. As a matter of fact, I personally went through it.’ So, I just wanted to talk to the dad.”
Brian Laundrie’s family says they do not know where their son is and haven’t spoken with him since September 14. That’s the day they say he packed a backpack to go on a hike in a nearby nature preserve and never returned. Many people believe he is on the run from authorities.
The FBI wants to question Brian Laundrie in the killing of his fiancee, Gabby Petito. The couple was on a cross-country trip when she disappeared on Aug. 25. Agents found her body on Sept. 19 in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Dog The Bounty Hunter: Most Parents ‘Know Where Their Kids Are’
Dog the Bounty Hunter gained praise and condemnation after he announced recently he would try to hunt down Brian Laundrie. Since then, he said he’s received thousands of tips. One of which turned out to be a major development in the case.
Chapman said that the Laundrie family went camping at Fort DeSoto Park after Gabby Petito went missing. Documents from the park, which is about 75 miles from their family home in Florida, show Laundrie’s mom did check into the park on Sept. 6. Laundrie’s parents later admitted they went camping with their son there.
Chapman went further to say that Brian Laundrie likely stayed behind at the 1,500-acre park to hide while his parents returned home. They deny this accusation and the police said they are not searching that area. But Chapman says he still believes they are helping their son hide.
“About 50 percent of the time,” he told Dr. Oz, parents know where their kids are. And “35 percent of the time, the parents help.” He insinuated those statistics were from personal experience and not a study.
Police have not accused the Laundries of helping Brian escape. Authorities list him as missing and not a fugitive.