On Wednesday, Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman engaged a private K-9 search and rescue team to scour an island called Egmont Key off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida, in his hunt for Brian Laundrie. Four individuals with backpacks and other supplies on boats, each containing three K-9s. Chapman informed CSU World Record that he hired the group to assist in the search for Laundrie, a wanted person of interest in the disappearance and death of his fiancée, Gabby Petito.
“We’re on the island,” Chapman added in a video shared to Twitter on Wednesday. “This would be an excellent location for him to conceal himself; there aren’t many people out here.”
The island has a lighthouse, a ranger station, and a pilothouse that was constructed in 1858 but is now primarily used as a wildlife refuge. The whole island measures 450 acres and lies about two miles southwest of Fort De Sont Park – an easy kayaking distance under the right circumstances.
According to a park ledger, Laundrie may be hiding off the coast of De Soto, where he and his family went on a camping trip between September 6-8.
Chapman revealed Saturday that he was launching a search for Laundrie, and offers began to arrive. He informed CSU World Record Monday that Laundrie’s parents spent the night in Fort De Soto Park with their son on two occasions in early September, from September 1 through 3 and September 6 through 8.
“On the 8th, allegedly, we’re hearing that there are two people still here. On the 6th, three individuals arrived, and on the 8th, two people departed,” he continued. “I believe he has been here for sure.”
During the summer, Petitot and Laundrie were on a cross-continent journey in a Ford Transit van, with weeks of filming their adventures across the United States prior to when Laundry returned home to Florida. On Sept. 11, 1 without Petito was reported missing. On September 19, Petites remains.
Since returning home, the FBI and local cops have been looking for Laundrie. His parents informed authorities on September 17 that they hadn’t seen their son since September 14. Last week, a federal court in Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant against Laundri
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