Dog the Bounty Hunter, on the lookout for fugitive Brian Laundrie, is said to have discovered a new campground in a Florida park, where he and his team discovered a can of Monster Energy Ultra Gold.
According to Fox News, the reality TV personality — whose actual name is Duane Chapman — uncovered no clear evidence the late Gabby Petito’s boyfriend was still on Egmont Key in the forests of Shell Island near Fort De Soto Park.
“We’ve arrived on the island. This would be, and possibly is, the ideal hiding area for him. “There aren’t a lot of people out here, but there are a lot of environmental issues that we’re going to fight,” Chapman tweeted on Wednesday.
“All right, let’s get started. The hunt is now on in earnest. The quest has only just begun, according to the 68-year-old.
According to a source close to Chapman, the celebrity hunter was on Florida’s Marco Island this week, establishing a home base in the Sunshine State from which to commence his search for Laundrie.
He was 75 miles from Laundrie’s home on Wednesday, in Fort De Soto Park, where Laundrie and his parents camped on Sept. 6, and five days after he returned alone from the couple’s cross-country vacation in her van.
Petito’s body was discovered on September 19 in Wyoming’s Bridgers-Teton National Forest.
Steven Bertolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, confirmed that Laundrie and his parents, Chris and Roberta, were at the campground on September 6 and 7.
He refuted Chapman’s allegations that the Laundries stayed in Fort De Soto Park until September 8, but that his parents left without him.
Laundrie’s parents reported him missing on Sept. 17, three days after he allegedly informed them he was going for a hike at Sarasota’s Carlton Reserve and then vanished.
Although Laundrie has not been charged in Petito’s death, he is the only person of interest in the homicide investigation. He was listed on a federal fraud arrest warrant issued last week for allegedly using someone else’s bank card.
Despite Bertolino’s assurances, campers at Fort De Soto told the Sun they were concerned that Laundrie might be nearby.
About Laundrie’s likely presence, Amanda Smith, who has been camping at the campsite since Sunday, told the news outlet, “It’s scary but realistic.” “We were just looking at some of the mangroves out there, and they are really dense.
“You’d have to be experienced in the outdoors, which he appears to be, but you could definitely hide in them, and this is a fantastic place in terms of being close to things while yet being able to go away,” she added.
A North Port police representative told the Sun that the department “can’t provide any of that information out over the phone” when questioned about law enforcement “activity” at Fort De Soto Park.