Dog the Bounty Hunter stated he believes that Brian Laundrie remains to be alive someplace within the wilderness since he’s a “survivalist” and confirmed no indication that he had plans to take his personal life.
“I would assume, you know, he is alive. Not alive and doing well but he’s alive,” the truth TV star, whose actual identify is Duane Chapman, told TMZ on Monday.
Chapman, 68, stated he has no motive to consider the 23-year-old fugitive — who’s searched for questioning in Gabby Petito’s disappearance and dying — was suicidal when he took off amid mounting consideration to the case.
“There’s no evidence of him being suicidal like that anywhere. And you know he didn’t say that to anyone,” he stated.
“If you go to his Instagram pages and look what kind of person he really is and the books that he reads, and especially a very favorite book, [those are] not books for suicidal people.”
Laundrie’s shared YouTube web page with Petito featured a clip of him studying Jeff VanderMeer’s “Annihilation,” a novel about individuals exploring uncharted terrain who go lacking.
Chapman stated he believes that Laundrie may be hiding out in Fort de Soto Park in Pinellas County, the place he camped out final month along with his household.
“He goes fishing or camping … with his parents, while he’s down here in that camp area, the bomb drops,” Chapman stated, referring to the information of Petito’s disappearance. “Brian Laundrie hits national news. They are watching that on television and they’re going, ‘Oh no.’”
“So right then, they had to make decisions and since he’s a survivalist — he’s been on the Appalachian Mountains for two months at a time by himself … That was the only thing to do,” he continued.
Chapman stated he’s collected proof that means Laundrie was nonetheless within the space a number of days in the past.
“Is he here a few days ago? Absolutely. But he could have got out during night? Then he’d have to have help from, I guess it might be close to a family member, and you know he’s taken off somewhere else,” he stated.
Laundrie was on a cross-country journey with Petito when she vanished in late August.
The physique of the 22-year-old Long Island native was discovered at a distant Wyoming campground on Sept. 19, practically three weeks after Laundrie returned house to the couple’s Florida house with out her.
Laundrie refused to cooperate with authorities and took off on Sept. 14, in line with his dad and mom, and has since been the topic of an enormous manhunt.