When Gabby Petito went lacking and information broke that her fiancé Brian Laundrie had pushed throughout the nation with out her in her van, individuals throughout the nation tuned in for updates on her attainable whereabouts. 

Then the FBI uncovered her stays at a Wyoming campsite and Laundrie snuck off into the night time – elevating extra questions and revealing few solutions.

Duane “Dog” Chapman, often known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, joined the search final week after buddies, followers and household urged him to become involved, he mentioned.

Dog the Bounty Hunter searches an island off Fort De Soto Park near St. Petersburg, Fla.

Dog the Bounty Hunter searches an island off Fort De Soto Park close to St. Petersburg, Fla.
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But one thing stood out when he appeared into the case. His daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman died, in a rollover automobile crash in Alaska close to her Fairbanks dwelling in 2006 – when she was 23 years outdated. Petito was 22.

“Because I lost a daughter at about the same age, I know what the parents feel like,” Chapman informed Fox News. “And you want justification. You want the guy behind bars.”

Francie Chapman, the bounty hunter’s spouse, additionally famous that each she and her husband had been widowed and mentioned that performed an emotional position in getting them concerned within the case.


“Dog and I had our chance to say our goodbyes to Bob and Beth when they were sick, and we knew that they were going home,” she informed Fox News. “We got closure — even though we still had to go through the grieving process, and we still had the heartbreak and the picking our lives backup — we got to say goodbye.”

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She mentioned the thought of not with the ability to say farewell to a liked one is heartbreaking.

“If we can help them have some closure and be able to start putting their lives back together, we want to be able to do that,” she mentioned.

They’re working lengthy days – from sun-up to sunset – sniffing out suggestions, fact-checking rumors and bodily within the area with volunteer search groups on the lookout for clues of Laundrie’s actions. Earlier this week, Chapman and a non-public Ok-9 unit searched a pair of islands off of Fort De Soto, the place Laundrie could have hidden out.

Passersby will name out, and Chapman greets them with heat however will get again to enterprise.


“I can’t talk right now, we’re working,” he’ll inform a gawking bicyclist or a bunch of individuals leaning over the again of a yacht. “But aloha and God bless you.”

Despite the hoopla surrounding the case – Chapman has an extended file of profitable captures. And he says he holds the file of most arrests with 8,000.

With assist from secret sources and suggestions from the general public, the bounty hunter turned up two key leads that led to main developments within the case.

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He was first to steer reporters to the Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, Fla., the place data present the Laundrie household camped out from Sept. 6 to eight. Officials mentioned the FBI seized surveillance video there this week.

And he was first to share proof that Cassie Laundrie, Brian Laundrie’s sister who doesn’t reside with the mother and father, met the household on the campground.

Chapman has mentioned he goals to seize Laundrie alive – however he’s additionally in contact with the FBI.

And he’s asking for the general public to proceed sharing any attainable leads within the case, which have been useful to date.

“Please everyone keep your eyes open, and thank you for providing all the leads we’re getting,” he mentioned Saturday morning. “Aloha.”

Chapman has his personal nameless tip line at 833-TELL-DOG for people who find themselves hesitant to name authorities immediately – nevertheless anybody with data on Laundrie’s whereabouts is requested to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.