Is Dog The Bounty Hunter done?
When we first heard the reality star was jumping on the hunt for Brian Laundrie, we were pretty skeptical. The whole thing frankly smelled like a publicity stunt.
But the progress made by Duane “Dog” Chapman was pretty quickly undeniable. It was his discovery of the Laundrie family’s campsite that forced their hand; their lawyer finally admitted they all went camping in the days between Brian getting home and the start of the official search for Gabby Petito. Heck, before the weekend the poor girl’s body was found, they seemed happy to give law enforcement and press exactly ZERO information. So got to give it to Duane on this one.
However, the famed fugitive collector is apparently giving up, at least on taking point that is. WFLA reporter Josh Benson got the scoop: this Dog won’t hunt. Why? Because he suffered an ankle injury, presumably from trudging through the treacherous Florida swamp.
Benson tweeted on Sunday:
“Just got an update from Dog the Bounty Hunter’s team. They say he’s headed back to Colorado soon to meet with his doctor after injuring his ankle in the search.”
Innerestingly, Dog’s team seemed to simultaneously offer a second explanation for the manhunter’s change of plans:
“He’s also raising funds to continue what he calls an ‘expensive search’.”
Huh. We were clued in early on in the search that the whole thing was an extremely pricy endeavor. We guess Dog was hoping for that cash advance from a reality TV deal to start covering things like hotels and fan-boat rentals.
But it sounds like the search will continue?? Benson added:
“Team says he’s put together a talented network of local team members he calls the ‘Florida Team’ that will continue the search while he’s gone. He says he will continue to process leads in Colorado while he’s there.”
Dog’s non-estranged daughter Lyssa Chapman confirmed the news, as well as elaborating on her poppa’s new role coordinating the search from afar:
“Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business. ( Remember, he was in Florida on his honeymoon) We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will”
OK, is it just us, or do we now have three reasons Dog is stepping away from leading the search: injury, business/money issues, and his honeymoon with Francie Frane being over?
So it definitely wouldn’t have anything to do with the reports late last week that Dog is not licensed to catch fugitives in Florida — and could even be charged with kidnapping if he tried to bring in Brian??
We’re not saying Dog didn’t get an injury, but it does provide a good reason to give up on a search that’s starting to look like more trouble than it’s worth — at least as far as reality TV aspirations are concerned.
What do YOU think? Is Dog just ready to get off this train while he can??
[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN/Brian Laundrie/Instagram.]
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