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Dog the Bounty Hunter is joined by ‘law enforcement’ in search for Brian Laundrie


Dog the Bounty Hunter has been joined by a law enforcement officer on his own manhunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie, one of his representatives said Friday.

However, they did not say which agency was involved in Dog’s personal quest which has been focused on Fort De Soto Park, Florida while the FBI-led hunt has been in swampland near Laundrie’s home 75 miles away in North Port.

‘As an example of Dog’s cooperation with law enforcement, a plain clothed officer is embedded with the search team today. No other details are available,’ said a statement from his PR firm.

When asked by DailyMail.com which agency is allegedly involved, they replied: ‘We have no other details to provide on the embedded officer.’ 

North Port Police told DailyMail.com any officer working with Dog is not one of their team. The FBI did not respond respond to requests for comment. 

Brian Laundrie

Law enforcement have reportedly joined Dog the Bounty Hunter on Friday in his hunt for missing person of interest Brian Laundrie, DailyMail.com has learned

Pictured: Police and coast guard bots trawling the waters around Fort de Soto Park. The former bail bondsman's rep said 'a plain clothed officer is embedded with the search team today' but did not name the agency involved

Pictured: Police and coast guard bots trawling the waters around Fort de Soto Park. The former bail bondsman’s rep said ‘a plain clothed officer is embedded with the search team today’ but did not name the agency involved

Reps for the reality TV star – real name Duane Chapman – revealed he and his family have also added $10,000 to any reward money currently on offer for information leading to Brian Laundrie’s arrest.

A number of supporters of Gabby Petito’s family have contributed large sums towards the reward offer, which was up to $170,000 prior to Dog’s donation. 

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department – which covers Fort De Soto Park where the Laundries camped with Brian on September 6 to 8 – has not responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment. 

It previously said it was not searching in that area despite Dog continuing to push his claims that Laundrie is in the vicinity.

The former bail bondsman’s rep also claimed it was a tip to Dog that revealed Brian’s sister Cassie joined him and their parents Christopher, 62, and Roberta, 55, at the campsite on September 6.  

Cassie Laundrie spoke to ABC during the early stages of the investigation, claiming she hadn’t spoken to Brian since he returned to Florida without Gabby on September 1.

The rep said: ‘Dog received a tip that placed Brian’s sister, Cassie in Fort DeSoto on September 6, which seemingly contradicts her previous statement. 

The beauty spot has large waterways where people were kayaking on Thursday, as law enforcement took to the waters. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department previously said it was not searching the area despite Dog continuing to push his claims that Laundrie is in the vicinity

The beauty spot has large waterways where people were kayaking on Thursday, as law enforcement took to the waters. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department previously said it was not searching the area despite Dog continuing to push his claims that Laundrie is in the vicinity

The Fort De Soto campsite in Florida is seen in exclusive DailyMail.com photos. New details have emerged about a camping trip Brian took with his parents there days before Petito was reported missing

The Fort De Soto campsite in Florida is seen in exclusive DailyMail.com photos. New details have emerged about a camping trip Brian took with his parents there days before Petito was reported missing

A map shows the Fort de Soto Park campsite's location, the Laundrie family home and the Carlton Reserve where authorities have focused their search and Laundrie's parents say he was headed

A map shows the Fort de Soto Park campsite’s location, the Laundrie family home and the Carlton Reserve where authorities have focused their search and Laundrie’s parents say he was headed  

‘That information was immediately given to law enforcement this morning. It has been corroborated. No further details available.’

Cassie told Good Morning America that she has not yet spoken to her brother, who was named a person of interest earlier this week, and that she has done all she can to assist in the case.

Cassie Laundrie told ABC last month that she had not spoken to her brother about Gabby  Petito’s disappearance

The Laundries lawyer Steve Bertolino told Dailymail.com: ‘Cassie saw her brother Brian on September 1 when he stopped by her home and again on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park.

‘Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates. Any prior communication by Cassie that does not reflect these dates is simply a difference of relating an answer to a question misrepresented by Cassie or poorly posed by the inquirer.’ 

On Wednesday, Dog discovered a fresh campsite on Florida‘s Shell Island during the search, as he flew a sign taunting the 23-year-old fugitive. 

The banner, which was flown over the islands off the western coast of Florida, according to Outsider, read ‘Aloha Brian Laundrie’ and was signed ‘Dog’. 

He shared a photo of the banner on his Instagram account, but said he was not responsible for the sign.

‘Frankly, I wish I had thought of that, but it wasn’t our team,’ Dog wrote. ‘I’d love to shake the hand of whoever is behind the banner, I’ll tell you that.’  

On Monday night, the reality star (pictured) revealed that Laundrie's parents spent the night in the campsite from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1. They returned again with Laundrie to stay on spot 15 from September 6 to 8, and left without him

On Monday night, the reality star (pictured) revealed that Laundrie’s parents spent the night in the campsite from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1. They returned again with Laundrie to stay on spot 15 from September 6 to 8, and left without him 

The TV reality star flew a banner with a message for Gabby Petito's boyfriend: 'Aloha Brian Laundrie'. The banner flown over the islands off the western coast of Florida

The TV reality star flew a banner with a message for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend: ‘Aloha Brian Laundrie’. The banner flown over the islands off the western coast of Florida

During a ground search Wednesday, Dog and his team recovered a can of Monster Energy Ultra Gold which appeared to have been freshly drunk at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods at Shell Island along the coastline Wednesday, Fox News reported.  

However, the team did not find solid evidence suggesting that Laundrie, who is a person of interest in the homicide of his fiancée, Gabby Petito, 22, is in the woods on Egmont Key – located southwest of Florida’s Fort De Soto Park. 

Dog is likely not searching on Thursday, but will be following up with leads from his temporary headquarters in the Sarasota area, according to a statement from his spokesperson. 

‘This has been a very different search,’ Dog said. ‘Social media has enabled us to do this alongside everyone out there. America is along for the journey with us and I’m ready to do more!’ 

Dog, who announced he was launching a search for Laundrie at the weekend, has focused his attention on the coastline and creeks surrounding Fort De Soto park.  

The TV star used boats and K9 units top search the area Wednesday. 

His spokesperson said he has been ‘working on very strong leads’ and that it ‘could very well be the last day of the hunt to apprehend Brian Laundrie’.  

Dog the Bounty Hunter and his team recovered a can of Monster Energy Ultra Gold which appeared to have been freshly drunk at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods at Shell Island along the coastline Wednesday

Dog the Bounty Hunter and his team recovered a can of Monster Energy Ultra Gold which appeared to have been freshly drunk at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods at Shell Island along the coastline Wednesday

During Wednesday's search, the team did not find solid evidence suggesting that Laundrie is in the woods on Egmont Key. They are likely not searching on Thursday

During Wednesday’s search, the team did not find solid evidence suggesting that Laundrie is in the woods on Egmont Key. They are likely not searching on Thursday

Brian is pictured at the campsite during their visit two months ago

Gabby is pictured at the campsite during their visit two months ago

Gabby (right) and Brian (left) are pictured at the campsite during the young couple’s visit together two months ago

Documents reveal Brian's mom changed her reservation for the campsite to three people from September 6 to September 8 after Brian returned home from his and Gabby's campervan trip early and alone

Documents reveal Brian’s mom changed her reservation for the campsite to three people from September 6 to September 8 after Brian returned home from his and Gabby’s campervan trip early and alone

Timeline of missing Gabby Petito’s case

  • July 2: Gabby Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie left Blue Point, New York for a cross-country road trip
  • August 12: Police in Moab, Utah respond to a domestic incident involving the couple. Petito tells an officer Laundrie hit her but cops decide she is the primary aggressor
  • Aug. 21: Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, has his last FaceTime video call with his daughter who was in Salt Lake City, Utah 
  • Aug. 24: Petito is last seen at a hotel in Salt Lake City with Laundrie
  • Aug. 25: Petito makes final call to her mother, Nicole Schmidt, saying she was in Grand Teton National Park
  • Aug. 25 or 26: The couple chats with the owner of a shop called ‘Rustic Row’ in Victor, Utah for about 20 minutes 
  • Aug. 27: Video of Petito’s van was taken by blogger Jenn Bethune, of Red White & Bethune, around 6.30 pm at the Spread Creek Campground; Petito’s mom receives an ‘odd text’ from her phone
  • Aug. 29: The day that Wisconsin TikToker Miranda Baker claimed that she and her boyfriend were approached by Laundrie at Grand Teton National Park and asked them for a ride at 5.30pm
  • Aug. 30: Petito’s mom receives the last text from her phone: ‘No service in Yosemite’
  • Aug. 31: Laundrie’s mother Roberta cancels a camping trip for 2 to Fort De Soto campsite for Sept. 1-3
  • Sept. 1: Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida in the van without Petito; Laundrie visits sister Cassie at her home  
  • Sept. 4: According to his attorney, Laundrie purchases a new cell phone from a North Port AT&T store which he leaves at his home September 14 and is seized by the FBI 
  • Sept. 6-8: Laundrie and his parents visit Fort De Soto campsite in Florida, records show. The family’s lawyer says they stayed only from Sept. 6-7. Brian’s sister Cassie joins them – reportedly for the day on Sept. 6
  • Sept. 10: The Laundries’ neighbor Karyn Roberts says she saw Laundrie at the family home
  • Sept. 11: Petito’s mom reports Petito missing to authorities in New York; Petito and Laundrie’s van is impounded by police in Florida that same day but authorities are denied entry to their home to speak with Laundrie
  • Sept. 12: Grand Teton National Park rangers search for Petito
  • Sept. 14: Laundrie issues a statement about Petito’s disappearance through his lawyer; Laundrie reportedly buys a burner phone from an AT&T store in his hometown of North Port, Florida, with an ‘older woman’; Laundrie is reportedly last seen by his parents leaving to go to the Carlton Reserve carrying a backpack
  • Sept. 15: Laundrie is officially named a person of interest in Petito’s case
  • Sept. 16: The August 12 domestic comes to light with bodycam from one officer released
  • Sept. 17: Laundrie family attorney confirms his whereabouts are unknown and that his parents last saw him Sept. 14; Cassie tells GMA she last saw him Sept. 1 and describes Petito as ‘like a sister’ to her 
  • Sept. 18: North Port police and the FBI start searching the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County for missing Brian Laundrie
  • Sept. 19: Bethune realizes she has video of Petito’s van around 12am and submits the FBI with the footage 10 minutes later; Officials find a body near Grand Teton National Park that matches Petito’s description 
  • Sept. 21: Coroner confirms remains found in Grand Tetons belong to Petito. Her death is ruled a homicide but her cause of death is still under investigation
  • Sept. 20 – 22: FBI and North Port police continue search for Laundrie in Carton Reserve 
  • Sept. 22: Neighbors say they saw the Laundrie family pack up their detached camper on the day Gabby was reported missing. DailyMail.com photos show the camper was back in the driveway two days later, on September 13 
  • Sept. 23: FBI issues an arrest warrant for Laundrie for ‘use of unauthorized access device’ for fraudulently using a Capitol One Bank debit card that was not his between August 30 and September 1 to spend $1,000; A probe is launched into the police handling of the Utah police incident on Aug. 12; Laundrie’s parents visit their attorney in Orlando 
  • Sept. 25: Dog the Bounty Hunter joins the search for Laundrie 
  • Sept. 26: A funeral is held for Petito in Holbrook, New York, and her family launch a charity to help parents find missing children 
  • Sept. 27: Manhunt for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve is scaled back after 10 day search doesn’t find him. Dog the Bounty Hunter says Laundrie and his parents stayed at Fort De Soto Park from September 1-3 and September 6-8 – and that on the latter visit only the parents left
  • Sept. 28: Laundrie’s mom is accused of using a burner phone to contact her son
  • Sept. 29: Documents reveal Laundrie’s mom canceled a reservation for the Fort De Soto Park campsite for two from September 1 to 3 and booked for three from September 6 to 8; FBI seizes surveillance footage from site; FBI investigates lead Laundrie bought a burner phone on September 14; Dog the Bounty Hunter searches the area near Fort De Soto finding a recently drunk can of Monster Energy at a makeshift campsite deep in the woods 
  • Sept. 30: Bodycam footage from a second officer at the August 12 incident is released showing a distressed Petito admitting Laundrie hit her; FBI agents collect more evidence from the Laundrie home
  • Oct. 1: It emerges Laundrie’s sister had contact with him after she said she did 

Dog believes it is probable that Laundrie is hiding somewhere in the 1,136 acre Fort De Soto Park area — which is made up of five interconnected islands.

‘This would be and could be a perfect spot for him to hide, not too many people out here, but there’s a lot of environmental things that we’re gonna fight,’ he said in a video posted to Twitter.

It was also revealed Thursday, according to North Port police logs provided to DailyMail.com, that officers received two 911 calls connected to the Laundrie family home on September 10 — the day before Petito was reported missing.

The were both ‘public service’ calls, with the first placed just before 4pm and the second around 6.30pm.

It is unclear who called 911 or what those calls entailed as the logs have been partially redacted. However, both calls have been given the brief description of ‘problem settled’.

Officers also received three calls connected to the residence on September 11, the day Petito’s mother filed a missing persons’ report for the 22-year-old.

Those incidents were listed as ‘follow up/investigation’ and ‘agency assist.’ 

Response to the calls was described as ‘problem settled,’ ‘no police action needed’ and ‘report submitted’. 

On Wednesday, Brian Laundrie’s father, Christopher, was spotted breaking cover at the family home Wednesday to pick up a Dunkin’ Donuts delivery and a bunch of flowers that were left on their doorstep in North Port, Florida, as the hunt for his fugitive son continued. 

Photos obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show Christopher Laundrie inching outside momentarily to collect the supplies before he ducked back inside the property that his family used to share with their son’s dead girlfriend Gabby Petito.  

Laundrie’s mother, Roberta, was also seen in the doorway helping her husband with the goods but stayed inside away from the crowd of protesters who continued to make their presence known to the couple.

It is not clear who sent the Laundries the bunch of flowers but dozens of bunches have been left at a makeshift memorial to Gabby on their lawn as questions continue to mount over the whereabouts of Brian and what his parents know.  

Earlier this week new details have emerged about a camping trip that Brian took with his parents days before Petito was reported missing and around one week before he went on the run. 

Documents obtained by Fox News reveal Brian’s mom changed her reservation for the campsite to three people from September 6 to September 8, after Brian returned home early from his and Gabby’s campervan trip early and alone.   

On August 31, she also reportedly canceled a stay for two people from September 1 to 3, suggestion she may have known Brian was heading home the next day.

The FBI is now examining surveillance footage from the Fort De Soto Park campsite where the family’s attorney admitted the trio visited and Dog the Bounty Hunter believes Brian could be hiding out. 

Monday night, the reality star revealed that Laundrie’s parents spent the night in the campsite from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1.

They returned again with Laundrie to stay on spot 15 from September 6 to 8, and left without him, Dog claimed. Records did not show the Laundrie family staying at the park from September 1 to 3.  

The family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed all three Laundrie family members went camping at the park from September 6, leaving together the next day – September 7.

‘They all left the park,’ Bertolino said, according to Fox 13

Bertolino gave the confirmation after initially saying of Dog’s allegations: ‘I will no longer give that dog credibility or dignify his false claims with the time of my reply.’  

If Dog’s claims that Laundrie’s parents left without him are accurate, the 23-year-old could have had a nine-day head-start on law enforcement before his dad, Christopher, and mom, Roberta, told police he had vanished.  

This would also mean that the Laundries hid from authorities for almost a week that he was not at the family home as cops were denied access to enter the property due to Brian’s first amendment rights. 

Federal investigators are also following a lead that Laudrie bought a burner phone from an AT&T store in North Port before he disappeared. He was said to be accompanied by an ‘older woman’.

Bertolino confirmed to ABC News that Laundrie did purchase a new cellphone — which he left behind at his parent’s residence before embarking on a hike in the Carlton Reserve on September 14 — on September 4, three days after returning home from his cross-country roadtrip.

The lawyer says Laundrie opened a new account at AT&T and the phone, which is currently in the possession of the FBI, was not a burner. 



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