DOG the Bounty Hunter is still on the hunt for Gabby Petito’s fiance Brian Laundrie, who may have escaped on a cruise ship, according to a former FBI agent.
Retired FBI special agent John MacVeigh told ABC that Laundrie may go on a cruise ship or plane before his arrest warrant is issued, which is a tip agents in Florida will now be pursuing.
Laundrie was reported missing by his parents on September 17.
Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter , real name Duane Chapman, told Dr Oz in an interview on Tuesday that typically, parents insist they don’t know where their children are after being accused of a crime.
“And after, they say, ‘Dog, I couldn’t, I knew,'” Chapman said.
He also told Dr Oz that around “50 percent of the time” parents know where their children are.
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BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S PARENT’S ‘MUST KNOW MORE’
Brian Laundrie’s parents haven’t been entirely forthcoming and know a lot more than they’ve let off, an ex-FBI official claims.
“What do Laundrie’s parents really know,” Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director said.
‘EQUALLY LIKELY HE IS DEAD AS ALIVE’
“It would seem likely if Brian’s body is recovered, he will have killed himself,” Shen told The Sun.
“Depending on where his body is found, it might be difficult to ascertain how he did that. “
“The area the police are looking is difficult terrain, and finding a body, undisturbed by the topography or animal life is unlikely. I think at this point it is equally likely he is dead as alive.”
“The more time passes without locating him, the greater the chances he is not alive. It is extremely difficult to ‘disappear’ in today’s world, when everything is so interconnected.”
‘THESE QUESTIONS WILL LINGER’
Forensics expert Shen went on to tell The Sun that as the investigation continues, there will be “more and more evidence” that spells out the type of relationship Gabby and Laundrie had, and will bring into question why no one saw the red flags.
“Domestic violence is so very difficult to manage properly as a law enforcement officer, a friend, or a family member,” she said.
“These questions will linger, and may help lead to better practices when faced with observing, living with, or identifying toxic relationships.”
POLICE WILL CHECK GABBY’S POSSESSIONS FOR CLUES, FORENSICS EXPERT SAYS
“In order to do this work easily, passwords are necessary. If the devices have to be put through a brute force attack to break into them, this could take days to months,” Shen told The Sun.
“They will look through her possessions to see if there are any clues to the relationship going wrong.”
“This could include a diary, bank records, personal records, anything that could shed insight into their lives together.”
FORENSICS EXPERT SAYS COPS MAY LOOK FOR ‘UNUSUAL’ ITEMS IN GABBY’S POSSESSIONS
“Is there anything unusual in her possessions that would help investigators determine what happened?” Shen added.
“This type of analysis will rely on electronic devices; from phones, to laptops, to tablets, even tracking devices. “
POLICE ‘DIGGING FOR SIGNS OF A VOLATILE RELATIONSHIP’
Police who are investigating Gabby Petito’s death will be digging for signs of a volatile relationship with her fiancé, a forensics expert told The Sun.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, forensic scientist Jennifer Shen, who is a former director of the San Diego Police Department’s Crime Lab, says investigators will be looking for a variety of things as the investigation continues.
Shen said: “First, they will be looking for anything that would assist with showing the relationship with Brian was volatile, whether that is phone records, emails, texts, a diary?”
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER FOUND ‘PERSONAL ITEMS’ THAT MAY BELONG TO LAUNDRIE
Dog the Bounty Hunter has found personal items he believes may belong to Brian Laundrie.
His daughter, Lyssa Chapman, did not provide a description of the items Dog allegedly found at the Fort De Soto Park on Tuesday night.
“We have gotten multiple leads we were able to verify both through technology and witnesses,” she said.
“We are pretty sure that he is stashed out on those islands and mostly active after the parks are closed and everyone goes home.”
‘THE FIVE C’S OF SURVIVABILITY’
Survival expert Dave Canterbury told The Sun that survivalists should carry with them a cutting tool, a combustion device, cover elements that protect the body, containers that are used to disinfect water, and cordage.
He calls the checklist, “The Five C’s of Survivability”.
“Those five items are probably five things that he’s lacking. He may have one of them – he may have two of them. He probably does not have all of them,” he said.
“Unless he’s a very skilled survivalist, it’s going to be very difficult for him long term without at least having all of five of those items, and the knowledge and ability to put them to use.”
SURVIVAL EXPERT THINKS LAUNDRIE MIGHT ‘MAKE A MISTAKE’
“There are a lot of things that are playing on his psychology that will end up make himself turn in, make a mistake, or get himself in a perilous situation,” survival expert Dave Canterbury told The Sun.
“All of those things combined will give him problems.”
LAUNDRIE MIGHT BE FEELING ‘GUILT,’ EXPERT SAYS
Canterbury added: “Psychology is a big part of survival. Not only the fact that he’s trying to survive, but he’s also running and being pursued.”
He alleged that guilt may be playing on Laundrie’s mind as well as he remains missing and possibly hiding out.
HYPOTHERMIA COULD BE ‘MAJOR PROBLEM’ FOR LAUNDRIE
Temperature swings of up to 30 degrees are likely to hit Florida during fall and increase the risk that Laundrie could end up battling hypothermia, Canterbury said.
He added: “If it’s not happening now, then within the next few weeks, it’s going to be a major problem.”
The survival expert speculated there is a greater chance Laundrie may become hypothermic if his body is already wet, either from sweat or wading through marshy swamplands.
BRIAN LAUNDRIE COULD DEAL WITH HYPOTHERMIA SOON
An expert says Brian Laundrie could end up dealing with hypothermia if he is in the Florida wilderness.
Survival expert Dave Canterbury said that if Laundrie stayed in the Carlton Reserve it would be “very difficult” for him to survive for this amount of time.
“For as long as he’s been gone and the trouble they are having finding him, I find it hard to believe that’s he is surviving in the wild solely at this point,” he told The Sun.
“I think he has to resupply somewhere – if he’s still alive – because that’s what he’s used to doing.”
WARRANT FOR BRIAN’S ARREST
He allegedly swiped Gabby’s debit card, running up a $1,000 balance, from August 31 through September 1, according to the indictment, which was amended to note that he allegedly violated a specific statute.
Relevant information may be submitted to the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov, or by phone to 1-800-CALL-FBI or 303-629-7171.
NEW BODYCAM FOOTAGE OF GABBY PETITO
In the footage, Gabby told the officer that Brian grabbed her face.
“He grabbed it with his nail. I definitely have a cut right here. I can feel it. If I touch it burns,” she said.
Jennifer Shen, retired San Diego Police Department Crime Laboratory Director, has given her opinion on why Gabby Petito’s autopsy results are yet to be released.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she said: “The death was referred to as a homicide very quickly after her body was found.
“This generally indicates the cause of death was pretty apparent to those that found her. I would assume there was visible trauma consistent with some kind of attack (i.e. gunshot wounds, knife wounds, obvious signs of strangulation etc.).
“The official cause of death and the autopsy report will likely take weeks to release. There are many in-depth toxicological tests that are completed to be thorough and to provide any and all information her body has to offer.”
GABBY WAS ‘SCRATCHED’
A weeping Gabby Petito claimed Brian Laundrie grabbed and scratched her face in a painful assault, gut-wrenching new bodycam footage shows.
The harrowing video, filmed in August and released by police in Moab, Utah, on Thursday, shows 22-year-old Gabby fighting back tears as she recounts a terrifying clash with her fiance Laundrie – who is wanted for questioning over her disappearance and death.
Gabby recounts to officers responding to an August 12 911 call how Petito, 23, grabbed her face and left a “burning” gash on her cheek and red marks on her arm.
But she insists on blaming herself for Laundrie hitting her – and admitted she slapped first
“Well, he like grabbed me with his nail. And I guess that’s why it looks, I definitely have a cut right here. I can feel it, when I touch it, it burns.”
911 CALL ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE INCIDENT
The new bodycam footage followed a police and park ranger response to a 911 call about a domestic violence incident between Petito and Laundrie outside the Moonflower Cafe.
The footage shows van-life vlogger Petito sobbing to police after the couple drove the transit van off the road during their quarrel.
The bodycam footage was captured 13 days before Petito was last seen alive – and released amid an ongoing frantic search for Laundrie, who disappeared from his parents’ Florida home days after returning from their cross-country vacation without her on September 1.
BRIAN ‘PURPOSEFULLY LEFT NEW CELLPHONE AT PARENTS’ HOME
Brian Laundrie “purposefully left his new cellphone at his parents’ home” as he hid from the law, online sleuths have speculated.
Laundrie reportedly purchased a phone at the AT&T store on September 14 with an “older woman” – the last day his parents, Chris and Roberta, say they saw their son when he left their Florida home to hike.
The FBI is reportedly investigating Laundrie’s burner phone after seizing the brand new device he left at the house in North Port and looking into CCTV footage from a cell phone store nearby in North Port.
DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER SLAMS CRITICS
Dog the Bounty Hunter is fielding criticism from web sleuths, social media users and private investigator Bill Warner, who exclusively told his The Sun “outrageous” probe is taking legitimate tips away from the FBI.
Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, said: “I could do other things to get publicly besides this – this is what I do for a living, [for] 35 years.
“There is three percent of people saying bad things out of 100 percent, so I don’t look at that ever, never have. They said the same thing with so many cases: ‘he’s chasing a shooting star he’ll never catch him.’”
TIKTOKER CLAIMS SHE PICKED UP LAUNDRIE HITCHHIKING
TikToker Miranda Baker believes she picked Laundrie up on August 29, four days after the last time Petito was known to have called her family.
Laundrie is believed to have told Baker he had been camping alone while Petito worked on their social media page in their van.
According to Baker, Laundrie got out of her car when she said she was heading to Jackson Hole.
STATEMENT FROM BRIAN’S PARENTS
On Monday, Brian’s parents released a new statement through their attorney to address rumors about their knowledge of his whereabouts.
It reads: “Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.
“The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong.”
CLUES ON INSTAGRAM?
An Instagram post by Brian Laundrie could hold a clue to his whereabouts, users believe.
The photo from 64 weeks ago shows Gabby Petito posing by a campfire as the sun sets, which Laundrie captioned “Little romantic getaway to the mountains.”
Since Gabby’s death and Laundrie’s disappearance, online sleuths have been trawling through their social media pages – and some users believe the post may be a pointer to where Laundrie is potentially hiding out.
One commented on the post: “Does anyone know where this location is? .. maybe that’s where he’s headed to?”
BRIAN LAUNDRIE IS ‘STILL ALIVE’
Former FBI Agent Jennifer Coffindaffer spoke with NewsNationNow’s Brian Entin and revealed she thinks Brian Laundrie is “still alive.”
When Entin asked whether Coffindaffer thinks Brian is still alive, she responded: “Yes, I still think he is. I think he’s alive because I don’t think someone with his personality and with everything they have done to date… that they would do for somebody who is not alive.
“First of all, as I mentioned, they have retained an attorney to get them through this process. Number two, I don’t see the Laundrie’s out frantically looking for their son… They are doing nothing.
“And their whole demeanor is not the demeanor of frantic parents concerned that their son is dead somewhere.”
BRIAN LAUNDRIE BRANDED A ‘MASTERMIND’
Bill Warner branded Laundrie a “mastermind” for leaving behind his wallet, ID, driver’s license, and credit cards, claiming the 23-year-old appeared “well aware of law enforcement tracking techniques.”
Warner has operated his private investigation business in Sarasota, Florida – close to where the search for Laundrie is underway – for 25 years and called Gabby Petito’s death the “most interesting case I’ve ever seen.”
“This is usually what people on the run do,” he exclusively told The Sun on Thursday about Laundrie’s disappearance.
“They just go dark, hide everything. They don’t take a car, they don’t take a phone. They don’t take any ID, but they can’t be identified.”
POSTCARDS FROM GABBY?
Brian Laundrie penned postcards pretending to be Gabby Petito after she died, online sleuths have claimed.
People following the case have pointed out that handwriting on postcards all allegedly sent by Gabby to members of Laundrie’s sister Cassie’s family appears to differ.
The cards are signed off from “Aunt Gabby,” but online sleuths believe some may have actually been written by Laundrie himself following Gabby’s death.
This is because they claim, the handwriting is different and some do not appear to have postage on – leading to sleuths asking how they got to Laundrie’s sister Cassie.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Cassie said she hadn’t yet spoken to her brother after he had returned alone to Florida in the couple’s van on September 1.