Brian Laundrie updates – Dog the Bounty Hunter interview reveals he thinks missing man could be on the Appalachian Trail

DOG the Bounty Hunter has vowed to find Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie as the "hottest lead" points to the Appalachian Trail where he previously camped.

The TV star, real name Duane Chapman, has joined the hunt for 23-year-old Laundrie as he told Gabby Petito's family he "wants to help bring justice for her death".

Cops have been searching for Brian Laundrie for the last seven days after the 22-year-old travel blogger's death during their cross-country road trip.

Petito's body was found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forrest last Sunday in Wyoming – more than a week after she was reported missing.

The search for Laundrie continues as the FBI visits his parents' Florida home asking for personal items to "match his DNA."

"The FBI requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could," the Laundries' lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told Fox News on Sunday.

Read our Brian Laundrie live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    Alabama has also become a hotbed for potential Laundrie sightings in the last few days, despite the missing van-lifer having no connections to the area.

    Police across the state received more than a dozen tips alone on Monday but none of the calls yielded any concrete leads.

    Social media was rife with reported Laundrie sightings in Mobile across the weekend, Fox 10 reported.

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    The search for Brian Laundrie continues as the FBI visits his parents’ Florida home asking for personal items to “match his DNA.”

    “The FBI requested some personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie to assist them with DNA matching and Brian’s parents provided the FBI with what they could,” the Laundries’ lawyer, Steven Bertolino, told Fox News on Sunday.

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    Police and FBI agents using divers, tracking dogs and helicopters have been hunting for the missing man in the Carlton Reserve wilderness area near North Port since Friday, when his parents told them that he had gone there to hike three days earlier.

    Search teams have been searching through the alligator-infested wilderness with costs reportedly spiralling to $200,000 a day.

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    On Wednesday, a couple who had been in a Wyoming restaurant hours before Gabby was last seen or heard from, claimed they saw Laundrie get into an explosive argument with a waitress.

    Nina Celie Angelo, of New Orleans, said she had been visiting the state with her boyfriend, Matthew England, on August 27 when they stopped for lunch at Merry Piglets, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Jackson Hole between 1 and 2pm.

    Speaking to Fox News, Angelo claims she watched on in shock as an agitated Laundrie began arguing with a waitress. Petito was with him at the time, she said.

    While she said she couldn’t hear what words were being exchanged between Laundrie and the woman, she believed the spat was either over the bill or about money.

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    The remains were discovered in Grant Teton National Park, where she had been camping with her fiancé when she disappeared.

    “I want to personally thank the press and news media for giving the Petito and Schmidt family time to grieve,” lawyer Richard Stafford said in a statement.

    “We will be making a statement when Gabby is home. I will contact you to arrange a time and location.”

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    The most recent potential sighting came in Okaloosa County, Florida on Monday, when Facebook user Sam Bass shared an image of a man he spotted on one of his trail cams.

    Police have since confirmed this was a false sighting.

    Along with a grab of the male figure, Bass wrote: “I’m not saying this is the guy but whoever was on my trail camera this morning in Baker, Fl strongly fits the description of Brian Laundrie.

    “Authorities have been contacted but people in the North West Florida area be on the lookout.”

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    Laundrie, 23, disappeared sometime around September 14, three days after Gabby was reported missing.

    According to his parents, he told them he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve, near Venice, Florida, but failed to return.

    They didn’t inform investigators he was missing until three days later.

    Local police and FBI have been scouring the park by foot, air, and water for the last five days but have so far found no trace of Laundrie.

    He is not currently considered a suspect in Gabby’s homicide but he is considered a person of interest.

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    Laundrie’s neighbor Gary Coble told WFLA: “Turn yourself in. They’re hunting. They’ll find you.”

    Petito was last seen alive on August 24. Investigators appear to believe she was killed sometime between August 27-30.

    Her remains were discovered near the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground – an area crawling with bears, wolves and other wild animals – and the coroner said it was a homicide, without revealing how she died.

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    Petito’s boyfriend Laundrie, 23, was charged last Thursday with fraudulently using her bank debit card.

    Police have sought him for seven days in connection with the 22-year-old travel blogger’s death during their cross-country road trip.

    He remains missing after returning to his home in North Port, Florida on September 1 without his partner.

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    Internet sleuths are peddling a wild conspiracy that Laundrie might be hiding on a boat to evade police.

    The theory, which has been gaining traction on Twitter, appears to be born out from an unfounded claim that Laundrie went live on Instagram for a matter of seconds on Monday.

    The FBI has said it wants to speak with anyone who may have seen Gabby at Spread Creek – where her body was found – between the dates of August 27 and 30.

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    Vigils for Petito have been held across the country after the FBI issued a warrant for Brian Laundrie’s arrest.

    Gabby, 22, had been missing for two weeks after going on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé Brian Laundrie.

    On September 19, 2021, authorities in Wyoming announced a body was found in the area where the search for Gabby had been underway.

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    Mark Burrow, a local survival expert, believes Laundrie is “living in hell” if he’s in the Florida wilderness, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

    He warned that starting a fire would be “impossible” due to the heavy rains that have hit the nature reserve in recent days.

    And, drinking water is likely to be full of tannins after the downpours. They are commonly found in the roots and bark of trees but high concentrations can be harmful to humans.

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    Dog the Bounty Hunter asked for “anyone with information on Brian Laundrie’s whereabouts to call me at 833-TELLDOG” and added that “all information will be kept confidential”.

    Just a few days ago the TV bail bondsman suggested how he would track down Laundrie.

    He advised investigators to start with the missing man’s family and friends before looking into his connection to the Florida reserve.

    Dog said Laundrie “isn’t an experienced runner or criminal” and it’s possible “he’s right there in his hometown”.

    But he added: “Suicide is a very likely possibility.”

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    But, McEwen doesn’t believe that Laundrie died in the wilderness as no buzzards have been circulating.

    He said: “Anything dead you find in the woods, you’re gonna look up, you’re gonna see buzzards flying like crazy.

    “No buzzards, no body is my theory. And I haven’t seen any buzzards flying.”

    The rancher said Laundrie could be anywhere as the search to find Laundrie enters its ninth day.

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    Josh Taylor, of North Port Police Department, told Fox: “The FBI is now leading the search. I’m told, it will be scaled back and targeted based on intelligence.

    “Hopefully water will lower in areas hard to currently access.”

    Officers from NPPD will still be involved in the investigation.

    Experienced rancher Alan McEwen has cast doubt that Laundrie is hiding in the vast Carlton Reserve.

    He told Fox News: “Unless he’s got a butt like a duck and can float, he’s not in there.

    “I’ve been in the woods in and out all my life. I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot.”

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