Dog the Bounty Hunter says Brian Laundrie manhunt is ‘becoming dangerous' as he hands over key evidence for DNA testing
DOG the Bounty Hunter says the search for Brian Laundrie is becoming "more dangerous" adding that he's handed over evidence for DNA testing.
Laundrie, 24, vanished from his home in Florida shortly after being made a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his ex-fiance Gabby Petito.
Brian and the vlogger, 22, began a road-trip in June before Gabby's body was found in Wyoming last month.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, has joined the search for the suspect.
The reality star and his team recently found a campsite and potential evidence that Brian had stayed there.
Dog is searching islands near Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for his team told Newsweek: "Tracking a fugitive is a marathon, not a sprint.
"We are continuing to search for Brian Laundrie. The longer he is on the run, the more dangerous this becomes."
They added: "Dog and team appreciate the thousands of tips pouring into the tip line and urge people to report tips to the FBI as well as his tip line."
Dog's team said they handed over evidence to police hoping that DNA testing would prove it belonged to Brian.
The spokesperson said: "Dog has turned over evidence to the authorities including items found on one of the islands near Fort De Soto Park. It is his hope that DNA can be assessed to prove Laundries' presence.
"In addition, he has had multiple conversations with law enforcement."
The reward for any information leading to Laundrie's arrest now stands at $180,000 after Dog contributed to the fund.
His spokesperson said he "does not care who brings Laundrie in, just that he is apprehended."
Gabby was reported missing by her parents on September 11 prompting the Laundrie family to reveal Brian had hired lawyers and would not be cooperating with police.
Laundrie's parents claim he went hiking on September 14, shortly after being made a "person of interest" in the case, and never returned home.
The FBI are investigating reports of a burner phone bought on the day Laundrie went missing.
A source told TMZ that Brian purchased a phone at the AT&T store on September 14 with an "older woman."
Meanwhile Florida resident Dennis Davis told The New York Post that he saw Brian in North Carolina on Saturday.
He said: "There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie—none whatsoever."
Dog has an anonymous tip line at 833-TELL-DOG for anyone with information relating to Brian's whereabouts.
Anyone with info is also asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
- July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
- July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
- August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
- August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
- August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
- September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
- September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
- September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
- September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
- September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
- September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
- September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
- September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
- September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
- September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
- September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
- September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.
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