Why Dog the Bounty Hunter Is Taking Brian Laundrie Manhunt in Gabby Petito Case Personally

by Shelby Scott

The investigation surrounding the death of 22-year-old travel vlogger Gabby Petito and the ensuing manhunt for her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, has gained national-bordering-on-international attention.

Petito’s death saw confirmation Tuesday and Laundrie has been missing for more than a week. Now, TV reality star, Dog the Bounty Hunter, has joined the search for the missing man. As the manhunt continues, the professional bounty hunter claims he joined the hunt as the case is personal for him.

According to Fox News, Dog the Bounty Hunter, legally identified as Duane Chapman, lost his own daughter in a car accident in 2006. His daughter, one of 13, lost her life at the age of just 22, as Gabby Petito now has.

“I know what the victims feel like,” he said. As the manhunt continues, Gabby Petito’s parents and stepparents prepare for their daughter’s funeral later Sunday. Further, while the young woman’s family mourns her death, it appears the rest of the nation continues to do so. Frustration and desperation ensue as a result.

Chapman revealed he and his wife, Francie Chapman, were honeymooning in Florida when he began receiving calls about Brian Laundrie. Following reports Chapman had answered the call, he showed up at the Laundrie’s front doorstep Saturday seeking information. As law enforcement has experienced so far, the bounty hunter met with further silence. Check out the clip below:

The clip shows the famous bounty hunter incessantly pounding on Laundries’ front door. And while Chapman received no further answers into the case, it appears he’s already identified a potential lead. Though it takes him away from the Carlton Reserve authorities continue to investigate.

Bounty Hunter Follows Brian Laundrie Scent Along Appalachian Trail

Many Americans took to social media to react to seeing Dog the Bounty Hunter join search efforts for the country’s most wanted man, Brian Laundrie. Fox revealed Chapman received no clues from the 23-year-old’s parents. However, he nevertheless believes his own search takes him in a completely different direction from the Carlton Reserve.

The 68-year-old bounty hunter further stated that, while he met silence upon his arrival at the Laundrie residence yesterday, “the dad can still reach out to me, through social media.”

While many Americans believe Laundrie could have potentially taken his own life, Chapman disagrees. He also said, “Let’s get the kid captured alive. Alive.”

Now, the bounty hunter continues to receive calls and tips about Laundrie’s potential location every two to three minutes. Many have pointed to the Appalachian Trail as Laundrie has camped there previously and possesses familiarity with the mountainous trek.

Chapman identified Laundrie’s greatest talents as an outdoorsman, which sources have highlighted before. And to Laundrie’s skill level as a criminal, he said, “On a one-to-10 he’s probably a six, compared to the outdoorsmen…I’ve captured.”

Additionally, should Laundrie be somewhere along the East Coast trail network, the bounty hunter has an advantage. Fox reports he partook in a massive upstate New York manhunt for two escaped murderers in 2015.