Dog the Bounty Hunter has left the search for Brian Laundrie who is wanted in connection with the murder of his fiancee Gabrielle Petito.
‘Dog’ put together his own search team and spent weeks scouring the Carlton Reserve in Florida where the authorities believe Laundrie is hiding after allegedly killing his 22-year-old fiancee in August.
Lyssa Chapman, whose father is Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, 68, better known as ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’, said on Twitter that her dad is heading back to Colorado after spending weeks looking for Brian Laundrie in Florida yesterday, 10th October.
Previous reports said Dog was travelling to Colorado to receive treatment for an ankle injury, however Lyssa wrote: “Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business. (Remember, he was in Florida on his honeymoon) We are still actively searching for [Brian Laundrie], leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will.”
Dog has become one of the world’s most famous bounty hunters thanks to his TV show ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ which chronicles his experiences of hunting down bad guys.
When fans heard that Dog was leaving the search they asked Lyssa on Twitter if the whole team had given up on the ‘hunt’.
She responded: “Not giving up. It’s common that we (include you all) put so much heat on a fugitive they dig down, he will pop up again. Bait is set.”
WFLA reporter Josh Benson said on Twitter that Dog is “also raising funds to continue what he calls an ‘expensive search.”
According to Benson, Dog said he has “put together a talented network of local team members he calls the ‘Florida Team’ that will continue the search while he’s gone, he says he will continue to process leads in Colorado while he’s there”.
Brian Laundrie is wanted in connection with the murder of Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito who disappeared between 27th and 30th August while the couple was on a road trip.
Her body was found on 19th September in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, and preliminary results from an autopsy revealed that she had been killed.
Laundrie drove the couple’s vehicle from Wyoming to Florida alone and refused to talk about Gabby’s whereabouts. He was then made a person of interest in the murder.
After Laundrie was declared a person of interest, his parents said he went hiking near their home in North Port in Florida on 14th September.
The hunt for Laundrie has since been centred around the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, 21 kilometres (13 miles) from North Port.
No signs of Laundrie have been found after over three weeks of searching, and the police now believe there is only a 50 percent chance he is still alive after spending so long in the wild.