Dog the Bounty Hunter update – TV star injures ankle but 'remains on Brian Laundrie hunt' as fans hope Dog catches him

DOG the Bounty Hunter is continuing the search for Brian Laundrie in Florida after his ankle injury – and revealing he cut his honeymoon short to join the manhunt.

Lyssa Chapman said her father isn’t “giving up” the search as she teased "the bait is set".

She tweeted that he’s heading back to Colorado temporarily to “handle some business”.

Chapman said: "We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will."

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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    EXPENSIVE SEARCH

    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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    CONTINUING TO SEARCH

    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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    MONSTER ENERGY CAN

    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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    PERSONAL ITEMS

    Last month, Dog claimed he found personal items he believes may belong to Laundrie while he was scouring the location.

    Dog's daughter Lyssa Chapman didn't offer a description of the items her father reportedly found.

    She told NewsNation: “We are pretty sure that he is stashed out on those islands and mostly active after the parks are closed and everyone goes home."

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    MAKESHIFT CAMP

    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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    DOG’S COMMENTS ON THE AUTOPSY

    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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    DOG’S HONEYMOON INTERRUPTED (continued)

    The 68-year-old told The Sun through tears that Gabby’s father lost his daughter and that “she was the same age as Barbara Katy” who Dog lost in a tragic car accident at 23-years-old. 

    “Dog, Dog, Dog the ‘D’ is in the sky,” Dog said, as he grew more emotional.  

    He said the pull to jump into the search was just too much. 

    “Then we came down here and I said to Francie ‘Honey, it’s eight hours away. Honey, I need it so bad. My skin is crawling, I’m getting goose bumps. I’m having those dreams FREEZE I GOT YOU BOY! I’m having those kinds of dreams Francie.” 

    Despite being on his honeymoon he decided that he had to join in and Francie agreed, telling Dog: ‘Well honey, lets go get that boy.” 

    “So three or four days we were going and we were full of mosquitoes and gnats we see snakes and alligators,” and Francie told him that this was no longer a honeymoon.  

    Dog said that he promised Francie that once Brian is caught- they will continue on their honeymoon.

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    DOG’S HONEYMOON INTERRUPTED

    Dog the Bounty Hunter has said he wants to catch Brian Laundrie in part so that he can resume his honeymoon with his new wife Francie Frane. 

    In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 68-year-old reality star opened up about how he interrupted his honeymoon when he heard that Brian had gone on the run after his fiancé Gabby Petito went missing – and then later turned up dead – last month.  

    “We came down to Florida for our honeymoon because Francie was born there. I asked her before we got married, where would you like to go? And she said ‘To Florida to put my feet in the sand, and my ocean.'”

    Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, said they were following the Brian Laundrie case “because of what was happening, because they went through Colorado and were close to us. So we followed it then all of a sudden all my fans are like ‘Dog Dog Dog this is up your alley!’” 

    He said during their honeymoon in Florida, he felt the pull to join the search. 

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    DOG 'DETERMINED' TO CHAT WITH BRIAN'S SISTER

    Dog the Bounty Hunter is looking to speak with Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie as her fugitive brother remains the sole person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of his Gabby Petito.

    The reality star, 68, is looking into every possible outlet for Laundrie, who is being sought after by police not for Petito's death but for allegedly using her credit card while she was missing.

    Some of the people Dog, aka Duane Chapman, is looking to speak to include Laundrie's sister Cassie, according to sources close to the bounty hunter.

    Despite rumors he left the case, Dog is indeed still in Florida and is resting after he injured his ankle earlier this week, sources told TMZ.

    He was filmed knocking at Cassie's door on Wednesday but got no answer.

    Dog's push to speak to Cassie may prove beneficial given that she spoke to a number of protesters outside of her Florida home earlier this month.

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    IS DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER MARRIED?

    Dog is currently married.

    On August 23, 2021, TMZ reported that Dog, also known as Duane Chapman, was engaged to Francie Frane.

    They got married in Colorado on September 2, 2021.

    Previously, Chapman was married to Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Barmore.

    Beth died in June of 2019 after battling cancer for years.

    He’s also been married to La Fonda Sue Darnell, Ann Tegnell, and Lyssa Rae “Big Lyssa” Brittain.

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    DOG CALLS BRIAN A ‘SERIAL KILLER’

    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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    DOG SLAMS BRIAN’S DAD FOR JOINING SEARCH

    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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    HOW MANY BODIES HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED AMID BRIAN LAUNDRIE MANHUNT?

    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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    DOG’S PERSONAL HOTLINE

    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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    ARREST IN MEXICO

    Dog was also arrested in Mexico when he was famously hunting Andrew Luster, who had escaped to Puerto Vallarta, after being charged with multiple sexual assaults using the date-rape drug GHB.

    He tracked Luster down but was stopped at the US/Mexico border by Mexican authorities because bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.

    After being arrested in Mexico, Dog paid the bail to get out of Mexican prison for both himself and his crew.

    However, they escaped Mexico for the US, making them fugitives themselves.

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    SERVING TIME PART 2

    For instance, he is forbidden from ever owning a firearm, which is why he uses a taser when his colleagues brandish guns.

    He was released after serving just a year and a half of his sentence and chose a career on the other side of the law.

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    WHY DID DOG GO TO PRISON?

    In 1976, Dog was convicted of first-degree murder relating to the death of Jerry Oliver in Pampa, Texas.

    As a young biker, Dog was waiting in a car when his friend accidentally shot and killed 69-year-old Oliver, an alleged pimp and drug dealer, while they were fighting over a cannabis deal.

    Although Dog played no direct role in the murder, he was tried for the crime under Texas rules that anyone involved indirectly in a killing can be held responsible.

    He was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to five years behind bars in Texas State Penitentiary – a conviction that understandably turned his entire life upside down.

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    DOG SAYS KILLERS AREN’T MADE OVERNIGHT

    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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    STILL SEARCHING PART 3

    Lyssa Chapman said her father isn’t “giving up” the search as she teased “the bait is set”.

    She tweeted that he’s heading back to Colorado temporarily to “handle some business”.

    Chapman said: “We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will.”

    Replying to a fan who hoped the team wasn’t giving up, she tweeted: “Not giving up … It’s common that we (include you all) put so much heat on a fugitive they dig down, he will pop up again. Bait is set.”

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    STILL SEARCHING PART 2

    In a statement to the New York Post, Dog’s spokeswoman Jennifer Willingham said: “Dog has not ended his search for Brian Laundrie.

    “Dog and Francie Chapman need to attend to a variety of matters at home in Colorado, including Dog’s ankle injury which occurred during the search.”

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    STILL SEARCHING

    The reality TV star’s daughter Lyssa Chapman told her Twitter followers Sunday that the 68-year-old had returned to Colorado due to an ankle injury.

    Dog is said to have assembled a “talented team” to continue the manhunt in Florida while he’s away, WFLA reports.

    He will continue to process leads in Colorado and is raising funds to continue funding the “expensive” search.

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    ‘STONEWALLING’

    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 'DETERMINED' TO CHAT WITH BRIAN'S SISTER

    Dog the Bounty Hunter is looking to speak with Brian Laundrie's sister Cassie as her fugitive brother remains the sole person of interest in the disappearance and homicide of his Gabby Petito.

    The reality star, 68, is looking into every possible outlet for Laundrie, who is being sought after by police not for Petito's death but for allegedly using her credit card while she was missing.

    Some of the people Dog, aka Duane Chapman, is looking to speak to include Laundrie's sister Cassie, according to sources close to the bounty hunter.

    Despite rumors he left the case, Dog is indeed still in Florida and is resting after he injured his ankle earlier this week, sources told TMZ.

    He was filmed knocking at Cassie's door on Wednesday but got no answer.

    Dog's push to speak to Cassie may prove beneficial given that she spoke to a number of protesters outside of her Florida home earlier this month.

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    DOG CLAIMS GABBY COULD BE HEARD YELLING

    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 THINKS CORONERS ARE SHOWING ‘MERCY’ TO PETITO FAMILY

    Speaking exclusively to The Sun last week, Dog the Bounty Hunter claimed that the Teton County coroner’s office showed “mercy” to the Petito family by “slowly” revealing more information about Gabby’s death.

    “I have never seen the findings of an autopsy take this long to announce.” Dog said. 

    “I know that my daughter was killed at the same age and for a few weeks, they didn’t tell me that the car actually rolled over on my daughter’s skull.”

    “I remember these exact pieces of time when Barbara Katy passed away so I’m glad I didn’t hear that right away.”

    “It’s more the mercy of the federal government and the coroner really to go out very slowly.”

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