The dog that Bounty Hunter says he is already shutting down Brian Laundrie when he officially began his search for a 23-year-old man seeking interrogation in the disappearance of the death of Gabby Petito.
“We’re here on the island,” a real TV star, whose real name is Duane Chapman, he said on Twitter Wednesday. “This is likely to be and may be a good place to hide. Not too many people out there but there are a lot of environmental issues we are fighting.
“So here we go,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. Search has just begun. ”
He wrote in the tweet that “crew members and ground crews have been called and we have search and rescue dogs deployed.”
Chapman, 68, was on Marco Island in Florida on Tuesday and was building a house in Sunshine State since he began his Laundrie search, a source close to a well-known manhunter told The Post this week.
On Wednesday, he was at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County – about 70 miles from Laundrie’s home – where Laundrie and her parents camped earlier this month.
Explaining another statement, TMZ reported Wednesday that Chapman believes Laundrie is not only alive but that he is “close to catching her.”
Chapman did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.
Laundrie was on a cross-country trip with Petito when she disappeared last month.
The 22-year-old body of Long Island was found in a remote area of Wyoming camp on September 19, about three weeks after Laundrie returned home to Florida without her.
Laundrie refused to cooperate with the authorities and passed away on September 14, according to her parents and has since been the subject of intense search.
Chapman announced Saturday that he would join the search, although an FBI-led search is underway at the 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve near Laundrie village in the North Port.
The incoming coroner announced the death of Petito murder last month.
Laundrie was not charged with her death but was seen as the only person interested in the case.
He is also named in an arrest warrant for federal fraudulent courts after prosecutors in Wyoming said he used someone else’s bank card on August 30 and September 1.
The FBI did not say whether the card belonged to Petito.
Further announcement by Jack Morphet