Aka “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” Duane Lee Chapman, has joined the search for Brian Laundrie, promising to apprehend the fugitive boyfriend of deceased Long Island resident Gabby Petito before his 24th birthday on November 18.
Laundrie, 23, went missing three days after Petito’s family reported her missing on September 14. After she stopped phoning, her family became concerned but sent many strange texts while the pair was on a cross-country van tour visiting national parks.
Her body was discovered on September 19 in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming’s Bridger Teton National Forest.
The FBI issued a warrant for Laundrie’s arrest on Wednesday, based on his suspected use of Petito’s debit card onAugust 300 and September 1, probably while driving back to Florida in Petito’s van. The FBI has identified him as the only person of interest in Petito’s death.
Chapman does not believe Laundrie killed himself, claiming that the fugitive does not appear to be a “violent guy” in any of the video footage of the couple released during the investigation, including one police bodycam video in Utah where Petito is seen crying after police responded to a domestic dispute.
Even though Petito’s death was considered a homicide, Laundrie has not been charged. Chapman believes that any confrontation will most likely be classified as an “accident.”
He’s also accused Laundrie’s parents of assisting him in eluding capture, citing the fact that Wyoming, where Petito’s body was discovered, is a death penalty state. If Laundrie is charged with murder and convicted, he could face the death penalty.
“That’s their child… He stated, “This is not going to jail for 20 years.” “This is how it’s done.”
The goal, according to Chapman, is to locate Laundrie’s “beginning point” entrance into the state-wide nature trail.
In the statement, he stated, “I encourage anyone with information on Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts to call me at 833-TELLDOG.” He said that he would cooperate with the police while keeping the identities of any informants a secret.