Dog the Bounty Hunter joins search for Brian Laundrie as family gathers for memorial service
Eight days after his disappearance, authorities do not appear to be any closer to locating Brian Laundrie.
A small police search team returned on Saturday to the Carlton Reservation in Sarasota County, Fla., Where the missing man told his family he was going for a hike last Tuesday.
He left the house without his cell phone or wallet, family lawyer Steve Bertolino said, and rumors of possible sightings flooded social media. So far, none of the sightings have been confirmed.
The lack of progress in the manhunt comes as Ms. Petito’s family members gather in her hometown of Blue Point, Long Island in New York City, ahead of a memorial service on Sunday.
Members of the public are invited to attend a memorial visit between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Moloney Funeral Home in Holbrook.
The family asked those in mourning to donate to the Future Gabby Petito Foundation in lieu of donations or flowers.
Multiple media reported that Ms Petito’s remains were cremated before she was brought back from Wyoming to New York City.The independent asked for confirmation from family lawyer Richard Stafford.
Mr Laundrie’s search received a boost on Saturday in the form of reality TV star Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman.
Mr. Chapman showed up on Saturday afternoon at Christopher and Roberta Laundrie’s home in North Port.
Arrived in a 4×4 vehicle shortly before 4:30 p.m., he knocked on the front door of the house and, as no one answered, spent a few minutes on the property before getting back into his vehicle.
He had previously released a statement saying he and his wife Francie Frane were embarking on the investigation.
“Dog and Francie themselves suffered extreme loss,” the statement read.
“Their hearts go out to Gabby’s family for what they are going through and want to help bring justice for her death.”
Mr Chapman called on anyone with information about Mr Laundrie’s whereabouts to contact him and said “all information will be kept confidential.”
It is not clear whether Mr. Chapman’s involvement is welcomed by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies directly involved in Mr. Laundrie’s search.
A massive manhunt is underway in several states after Mr Laundrie was formally charged with fraudulently using a debit card in the days following Ms Petito’s disappearance. The indictment allowed for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Mr. Laundrie, the FBI said.
Meanwhile, staff at a Utah motel where Mr. Laundrie stayed after a domestic violence incident involving Ms. Petito on August 12 is reportedly helping authorities with their investigation into the missing man.
The sun reported that Mr Laundrie spent the night at Bowen Motel in Moab after police separated him from Ms Petito.
Staff at the $ 78-a-night motel said they had cooperated with police, who were conducting a nationwide search for Mr. Laundrie after he disappeared from his Florida home last week.
Bodycam footage captured Mr Laundrie telling officers he couldn’t afford a hotel room overnight, and he was helped by a local domestic violence charity.
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