Television personality Dog the Bounty Hunter is joining the search for Brian Laundrie, more than 10 days since he was last seen by his family. Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the disappearance and death of his fiancée Gabby Petito.
Dog the Bounty Hunter—whose real name is Duane Chapman—specializes in locating and arresting people who have broken the terms of their bail agreements for his TV show.
Chapman’s team wrote in a statement to Newsweek, “Dog and Francie have experienced extreme loss themselves. Their hearts go out to Gabby’s family for what they’re going through and want to help bring justice for her death.”
Chapman wants anyone with information on Laundrie’s whereabouts to call him at 833-TELLDOG, and all information will be kept confidential, the statement said.
Investigators have been searching for Brian Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve near North Point, Florida, for more than a week. He was reported missing on September 17, and police believe he could survive in the swampland for months, if he’s there.
The FBI issued a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie on Wednesday, urging anyone who knows where he may be to come forward. The warrant was issued following a grand jury indictment for alleged “Use of Unauthorized Access Devices” in late August and early September.
Petito was reported missing on September 11. Her body was found last Sunday in the Spread Creek area of Wyoming. On Tuesday, the Teton County Coroner announced the manner of death to be a homicide.
Last week, Chapman shared his thoughts on the case with Newsweek, saying that “a lot of circumstances point towards him being the defendant.”
“To look at the case, so far, I haven’t got any info yet inside info. But it seemed like she was very verbal when they got into arguments, because there was people that heard her screaming at him,” Chapman told Newsweek.
He said that to find Laundrie, he would need to learn more about his background.
“He went straight home to tell his parents what happened. And then he took off. So we got to look at his background, look at his record, know, his friends, his family. He’s not an experienced runner or criminal. Suicide is a very likely possibility—and it seems like he’s kind of an outdoors kid,” he said.
He said when he searches for people, they often end up close to home.
As the search that has captivated millions of people continues, new details have emerged surrounding his disappearance. One woman claimed that she picked up Laundrie while he was hiking in Wyoming—becoming the second person to say they had given him a lift.
His family was concerned that he might hurt himself after he left home without some key items, including a wallet or cell phone.