Dog the Bounty Hunter update – New wife Francie supports star in Brian Laundrie search he scours Florida wilderness

WITH the support of his wife, Francie, Dog the Bounty Hunter is continuing the search for Brian Laundrie in Florida amid revealing he cut his honeymoon short to join the manhunt.

Dog was filmed knocking on the front door of Cassie Laundrie's home.

No one answered the door, and Dog returned to his car after making multiple attempts to reach someone inside the home.

Dog said he believes Cassie, Brian's sister, "absolutely" knows more about Brian's whereabouts than what she has admitted.

Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, has been hunting for Brian Laundrie for weeks.

Gabby's body was found in Grand Teton National park on September 19, eight days after her family reported her missing.

Read our Dog the Bounty Hunter blog for the latest news and updates…

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    The TV star warned the fugitive that running "makes you look guilty" after the autopsy results were revealed. 

    "His best decision now would be to turn himself in,” Dog exclusively told The Sun, adding that Laundrie's parents "need to be doing more to signal Brian to stop running." 

    “The coroner’s statement has established a timeline that looks worse for Brian Laundrie," Dog added. 

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    Dog headed to Colorado earlier this week to meet with his doctor, after suffering an ankle injury while out searching for Brian Laundrie.

    The bounty hunter has since returned to Florida and resumed his search for the fugitive.

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    The bounty hunter continues to search for Laundrie in Florida despite reports that he suffered an ankle injury.

    Dog told WFLA reporter Josh Benson that he’s decided to stay in the state as “he couldn’t bring himself to leave”.

    Laundrie remains at large as the search to find the fugitive almost nears a month.

    He was reported missing on September 17 – days after allegedly telling his parents that he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.

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    Dog appeared to find a can of Monster Energy Ultra Gold as he scoured the woods of nearby Shell Island.

    It's not known who left the item at the site and it's unknown if the can was Laundrie's.

    However, the can didn't show any signs of rust or fading, suggesting it may have recently been left there.

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    The 25,000-acre national park is home to alligators, venomous snakes, Florida panthers, and bears.

    It's thought that millions of dollars have already been spent on the operation.

    Search and rescue expert Mike Hadsell told the Daily Mail: “I can accurately estimate they are spending $200,000 a day on this search.”

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    Dog said Brian's sister "absolutely" knows more information about the case.

    He knocked on her front door, but no one answered.

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    Dog reportedly found a  "makeshift campsite" while searching for the fugitive and has turned over information to the FBI.

    He discovered a Monster energy drink can that looked like it had been recently discarded. It’s not known if the can was Laundrie's.

    Dog's team is also investigating potential leads from Colorado to Hawaii as the search intensifies, according to Newsweek.

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    "He cannot run forever," said the bounty hunter.

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    "Strangulation is not an accident," he continued. "Right now it looks very bad for the Laundrie family."

    Dog then urged Brian to "make a deal" with investigators and "turn yourself in now."

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    The reality TV investigator made the remarks in an interview with WFLA on Tuesday evening just hours after the autopsy was released by Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue.

    “The corner’s report is not good for the entire Laundrie family. Brian’s only chance is to turn himself in – he cannot run forever,” Dog said.

    “The Laundrie’s have stonewalled Gabby’s family because they knew what Brian had done. And it looks like they helped him run.

    “And now it seems like, based on the [autopsy] report and coupled with their behavior, that they have most likely aided and abetted a murderer.

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    Chapman has stated that he wants Laundrie to be found alive, hoping to solve the case well before November, when the missing fugitive turns 24.

    Chapman uploaded a video on Sunday, October 3 with an update on the search.

    “The search has continued throughout the weekend on the islands off the west coast of Florida,” he wrote.

    The post also included a video of Chapman with a team appearing to search in a swamp.

    Chapman has since returned to Colorado, after suffering an ankle injury during the search for Brian.

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    Chapman has been bent on doing the right thing ever since that conviction in 1976.

    Dog wrote in his book, You Can Run but You Can’t Hide: “I have been misjudged, misinterpreted, and misunderstood for most of my life.

    “I have spent the last twenty-seven years trying to be one of the good guys.

    “In spite of those efforts to be seen as a moral man of virtue, I am still viewed as an ex-con, a criminal, a killer.

    “I am many things, including those just mentioned. Put it all together and you will see: I am Dog.”

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    Last week, Dog chipped in $10,000 to the reward being offered in the search for Brian as an incentive for people to continue sending him tips.

    The TV star’s contribution bumped the total reward up to $180,000.

    Most of the reward money has been donated by individuals to the Petito family.

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    Dog Unleashed was canceled just weeks before the April 1, 2021 premiere.

    In that suit Michael is suing Dog, 68, for defamation.   

    The court papers filed on October 5 claim: “Defendant is a disgraced reality TV star who was fired by Plaintiff after his company discovered that the Defendant had used racial epithets to attack Black teenage Black Lives Matter Activists. 

    “Plaintiff's investigation into the allegations of racial epithets also uncovered illegal activity.” 

    That lawsuit claimed the Dog The Bounty Hunter star “illegally holstered and wore a taser device during filming in Virginia, which is illegal in the Commonwealth considering Chapman has been convicted of a violent crime.” 

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    The Sun was first to report that Dog was the target of a $1.3million lawsuit accusing him of “racist and homophobic behavior" before and after filming his axed reality show Dog Unleashed. 

    The previously filed suit accuses the reality star of breach of contract – and alleges Dog was fired from a canned TV show for racist outbursts and carrying an illegal Taser while filming in Virginia. 

    Dog allegedly used the Taser to intimidate his way into someone's home, according to the suit seen by The Sun. 

    And a plaintiff in that lawsuit alleges Dog used homophobic language. 

    Dog has vehemently denied the allegations. 

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    The plaintiffs allege that Dog and "his daughter Lyssa continued to pump out innuendo designed to damage Donovan and Moore’s reputation."

    The complaint also alleged that during Dog and Unleashed Entertainment’s short-lived work together, that "Plaintiff Donovan became aware of Defendant Chapman’s use of ‘shell companies’ as personal slush funds to avoid the payment of taxes."

    The lawsuit stated: "Upon information and belief Defendant Chapman owes millions in taxes that were evaded using the scam. Plaintiff Donovan instructed Chapman that his company Unleashed Entertainment could no longer do business with him if he insisted on using a scheme to evade taxes.   

    “Upon information and belief, Defendant Chapman became hyper concerned that his behavior might be reported to authorities after the cancellation of his show 'Dog Unleashed.’”

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    The complaint alleges: “On or about January 30, 2021, Defendant Chapman made a knowingly false report of abuse to Social Services in Virginia, and to Defendant (Jane) Collins, a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” 

    “The subject of his complaint was Plaintiff Zachary Cruz, someone he had only met in passing.” 

    In the suit Michael, Richard and Zach allege that “Virginia social services workers and a corrupt county sheriff, working on a false tip from Defendant Duane Chapman, conspired to search the home of Zachary Cruz and his family, arrest Cruz, and place him into a conservatorship.” 

    The suit also names Dog's daughter Lyssa as a defendant.

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    Dog the Bounty Hunter is being sued over allegations that he called the Parkland shooter’s brother the R-word slur and filed a false report with the FBI against his former business partner. 

    In the lawsuit, filed on Thursday in Virginia and obtained exclusively by The Sun, Michael Donovan the CEO of Unleashed Entertainment alleged that Dog “lied about meeting Zachary Cruz, the Parkland shooter’s brother, and that he falsely asserted that the young man was "r****ded."

    Zach has been living with Michael and Richard since 2018 according to various reports.

    Michael was working with Dog on a canned reality show for Unleashed, however the CEO had alleged in the suit that the reality star was fired over various ethical violations, including using racial slurs and homophobic troupes.

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    The 68-year-old TV star alleged in an exclusive interview with The Sun that he knew Gabby was “very verbal” and that her fiancé would try to physically keep her quiet.

    “I know that she was very verbal because as they were arguing one time, the vacationers around them heard her yelling,” he said.

    It is unclear which vacationers he is referring to and if it was the argument on August 12 in Moab, Utah, where onlookers called the cops to respond after Laundrie reportedly hit his fiancée in the street.

    “I know that he calmed her down usually by grabbing her mouth like this because when you grab someone’s mouth like that you know she was verbal,” Dog continued, grabbing his own face to demonstrate.

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    Dog the Bounty Hunter, who joined the hunt for Brian last month, accused the Laundries of “stonewalling” the investigation on Tuesday after Gabby’s cause of death was confirmed.

    “I can’t fathom how Brian’s parents can live with themselves after how they’ve stonewalled the Petito family,” Dog said.

    “They need to be doing more to signal Brian to stop running.”

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    Dog recalled that he would get “mad” at his kids for reading the Dungeon and Dragons stories as he’s a believer in Jesus.

    The reality TV star claimed: “A couple of the books that he’s been reading are 10 times worse than Dungeon and Dragons. This kid, Brian has taken those books, obviously to heart.

    “And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things.

    “He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be or she, a killer.

    “He built himself to be that by looking at that kind of, let’s say the dark side stuff. There are pictures of demons all over it.”

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    Thousands of tips have been sent as the bounty hunter’s personal hotline 833-TELLDOG has been flooded with potential leads.

    But Dog warned that some of the leads they are receiving are “fake” to “get us off the track.”

    He said: “There are leads that are coming in that are beautiful and there was a lead that came in that showed a picture of him.”

    “We googled the guy that sent that in and he went to high school with Brian.”

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    At least six bodies have been discovered around the US amid the manhunt for Brian Laundrie.

    Authorities nationwide have been on high alert for Laundrie sightings for nearly five weeks since he was reported missing in Florida just two days before his fiancee Gabby Petito was found dead in Wyoming.

    While Laundrie remains at large, at least four other people have been found dead under suspicious circumstances during that period near areas where police were searching for him or Gabby.

    An additional two bodies found before Laundrie disappeared were initially probed as potentially being linked to the case because they were discovered near where he was road-tripping with Gabby.

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    But Dog – real name Duane Chapman- said he has “never heard of that in the 41 years” he has worked as a bounty hunter.

    He added: “I have heard when they go get a parent…when the son is robbing a bank and they want to negotiate for the kid to come out, so they will get mom and mom talks to the kid.

    “I’ve never heard of the police departments, and I’m sure it wasn’t the FBI, that take the father on the ride along. They must have some good friends.”

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    Dog told The Sun: “I’m thinking more and more about him being maybe a serial killer, not just a killer of Gabby. The books he read are unbelievable.”

    Dog recalled that he would get “mad” at his kids for reading the Dungeon and Dragons stories as he’s a believer in Jesus.

    The reality TV star claimed: “A couple of the books that he’s been reading are 10 times worse than Dungeon and Dragons. This kid, Brian has taken those books, obviously to heart.

    “And this is what happens when your kid is looking at those kinds of things.

    “He just overnight just didn’t become a killer. A killer is made, and he is built to be or she, a killer.

    “He built himself to be that by looking at that kind of, let’s say the dark side stuff. There are pictures of demons all over it.”

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