Who is Dog the Bounty Hunter and what does he do?
DOG the Bounty Hunter made headlines after he announced he was joining the search for Brian Laundrie.
The famed bounty hunter is recognized by American audiences from his reality television series.
Who is Dog the Bounty Hunter, and what does he do?
Dog the Bounty Hunter, born Duane Lee Chapman, is an American television personality star, bounty hunter and former bail bondsman.
Chapman, 68, rose to fame as a bounty hunter in 2003, after his successful capture of Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico.
Factor fled the United States in the middle of his trial on charges of drugging and raping several women.
Luster had been convicted in absentia on 86 counts, including multiple rape charges connected to assaults in 1996, 1997, and 2000.
Chapman was assisted by his "hunt team," which consisted of his son, Leland, and an associate, Tim.
The three bounty hunters captured Luster in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they had been living under assumed names.
The following year, Chapman was given his series, Dog the Bounty Hunter, on A&E.
After Dog the Bounty Hunter ended in 2014, Chapman appeared in Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, a similarly formatted TV show, alongside his wife and business partner, Beth, on CMT.
His series Dog's Most Wanted debuted on WGN America in late 2019.
Did Dog the Bounty Hunter find Brian Laundrie?
Fotage captured on September 25 showed Dog the Bounty Hunter at Laundrie's family home as he joined the search to track the 23-year-old.
On September 25, the TV star said on the “heart goes out” to the family of homicide victim Gabby Petito, and he “wants to help bring justice for her death."
In an interview with the New York Post, Dog the Bounty Hunter promised to catch Laundrie before his 24th birthday on November 18.
He told The Post that he’s already received hundreds of tips on his 833-TELLDOG hotline – many of which point to Laundrie being somewhere along the Appalachian Trail.
“That is the most leads coming in right now that say that,” Dog told The Post.
“[Gabby's] friend Rose [Davis] said she was 100 percent sure and more that because of his past, being there for two months at a time that she said ‘I’m telling you right now that’s where he headed,’” the 68-year-old bounty hunter said.
“That’s what he does. He’s a wilderness guy.”
“That’s their baby … This is not going to jail for 20 years. This is execution,” he said.
The search for Laundrie came to an end. On October 20, Laundrie's personal items were found in Myakkahatchee Creek Park. A medical examiner was called in.
The remains found in the search for Laundrie have been identified as his. The FBI made the announcement in a statement saying, "On October 21, 2021, a comparison of dental records confirmed that the human remains found at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve and Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park are those of Brian Laundrie."
Dog called off his search for Laundrie following the announcement that his personal items were found.
“We are praying for Gabby’s family as yet another day ends with seemingly more questions than answers though it does seem the search for Brian is indeed over,” Chapman, 68, told The Sun as he expressed gratitude towards authorities working the case.
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