Brian Laundrie 'in a CANOE and going island to island' in Fort De Soto Park, Dog the Bounty Hunter claims after new tip

BRIAN Laundrie could be moving from island to island in a canoe in Fort De Soto Park, according to Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Dog, real name Duane Chapman, says he received a "hot" tip that Brian and his parents went into a campground in Florida in early September, and only the parents returned.


“There’s a lot of little islands around the area where we’re at, that he could get to on a canoe," the bounty hunter told Fox News on Monday.

"We talked to the caretakers today of the islands, they said he could be out here," he added. "He was here, for sure. Not over in the swamp."

Dog said that his team will continue to investigate leads in the Fort De Soto Park area, which is about 75 miles from the Laundrie family home in North Port.

"What we're hearing is two people left on the eighth," Dog said at the alleged campsite, but "three people came in on the sixth."

"They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here," he added. "We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate."

A Pinellas County deputy allegedly arrived to Fort De Soto park to investigate this lead, but will return on Tuesday as it was too dark on Monday to conduct a search, per journalist Josh Benson.

"I believe Dad is headed in for the night. He’s been going since 4am. As always, we are available and on alert," said Dog's daughter Lyssa Chapman at about 11.20pm on Monday.

In his Fox interview, Dog also addressed the possibility that Brian might be somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.


"He's very young, he's not an experienced criminal," the bounty hunter explained, adding that Brian's lack of criminal history prior to Gabby's disappearance suggests that Brian won't attempt shoplifting or breaking and entering to stay on the run.

"This kid is an outdoorsman, so I think he went where he's comfortable," Dog concluded.

Dog the Bounty Hunter joined the hunt over the weekend, pledging to catch Laundrie before the fugitive's birthday in November.

Also 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."


Detectives have scoured the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota since last weekend after the 23-year-old reportedly told his parents that he was going for a hike.

Search efforts led by police are likely to be scaled back as FBI agents lead the probe, reports say.

Brian is officially wanted by the FBI after an arrest warrant was issued on Thursday.

Gabby was reported missing by her family on September 11. Her body was found several days later in a Wyoming national park.

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