As Dog the Bounty Hunter’s focus turns toward the Appalachian Trail in the search for Brian Laundrie, Fox News is confirming a neighbor’s story that they saw the Laundrie family go camping earlier in September.
As Fox News reported, Laundrie’s mom, Roberta—who also called 911 on Dog later last week—checked into a Florida park roughly 75 miles away from their home. This is something Dog learned after entering the search for Brian as well.
Dog told Fox News that Brian Laundrie and his parents reportedly “spent the night in Fort De Soto Park with their son twice in early September from September 1 to 3 and September 6 to 8.” Documents obtained by the News channel confirm the September 6 to 8 dates, however, the documentation doesn’t exist for the September 1 to 3 dates.
September 1 is reportedly when Brian Laundrie returned from his cross-country trip without his fiancé Gabby Petito. Petito’s body was found 19 days after his alleged return in Wyoming.
Other people have suggested that the same night Gabby Petito was officially reported missing by her family on September 11, Brian Laundrie was pulled over by police driving in the White Ford Van he and Petito had been traveling in. However, that report has never been confirmed by authorities.
“They’re on camera. They were here,” Dog said. “We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp.”
Another family believes they were staying right next to the Laundrie family when they were at Fort Soto in September. A selfie they took may have captured Brian walking in a field.
“The swamp” is in reference to where local law enforcement and the FBI had focused their search after Brian was first reported missing by his parents on September 17. The Laundrie’s told law enforcement that Brian told them that’s where he was going the last time they saw him.
However, according to KVUE, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told 10 Tampa Bay that deputies are “unaware of any confirmed sightings of Brian” at Fort De Soto. Fort De Soto Park is reportedly the largest one in the county.
Dog the Bounty Hunter’s Daughter Says They’re ‘Getting Warmer’ in the Search for Brian Laundrie
Following this information and the information that Dog has moved his search to the Appalachian trail, Dog’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, published this tweet on September 28.
As Chapman concluded her tweet, she wrote the hashtag, “getting warmer.” After reporting Dog for knocking on their door, the Laundrie’s lawyer made this brief statement about the bounty hunter.
“I will no longer give that dog credibility or dignify his false claims with the time of my reply,” Steven Bertolino told Fox News. Bertolino also claimed that while the Laundrie’s did camp at the park on September 6 and 7, “they all left the park.”
In an additional statement, Brian Laundrie’s family also seemed to address claims that they may know where their son really is. “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.”
Gabby Petito’s Family Says She Is Sending Them Signs as They Continue to Fight for Families Like Them
On September 27, Gabby Petito’s family held a memorial service to honor the 22-year-old’s life. Following that service, Petito’s parents made a few statements regarding what is next for their families.
“We don’t stop remembering Gabby and keeping her name out there and fighting for other people out there like her,” her stepfather Jim Schmidt said. “She’s always with us every day, she’s giving us signs.”
In an example of one of those signs, her mother, Nicole, added, “We actually got behind a car yesterday and there was a Wyoming sticker and the letters were G-B-Z … so it was ‘Gabs.’ She’s with us.”
Both of Gabby Petito’s parents and stepparents got matching tattoos in honor of their daughter as well. As it has been known, Petito had a “Let It Be” tattoo on her forearm and now her parents do too, WANE reports.
“I want to ask everyone to help all the people that are missing and need help. It’s on all of you, everyone that’s in this room to do that,” Joseph Petito said. “And if you don’t do that for other people that are missing, that’s a shame, because it’s not just Gabby that deserves it.”
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