Dog The Bounty Hunter Hints Brian Laundrie 'Still Alive' Despite Suicide Confirmation

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Brian Laundrie, in an image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah
Brian Laundrie, in an image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah

Just a day after an autopsy report confirmed Brian Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Dog the Bounty Hunter has hinted the fugitive may still be alive. 

Reality television personality Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, was assisting the search for Gabby Petito's fiance.

"Chris and Roberta Laundrie have been informed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide," Laundrie's family attorney Steven Bertolino told The US Sun.

However, Chapman raised doubts while speaking on Fox News on Tuesday night.

"If he's alive he's going to get arrested...but right now it looks like he committed suicide," Chapman said, according to the US Sun, adding, "and it's a tragedy for both families."

Chapman also admitted, however, the "professionals looked at [the remains]" and he "only chases live people, not dead."

After Chapman made the comments, Twitter users reacted to his suggestion that Laundrie could be alive.

"Even though news just broke that Brian Laundrie's autopsy results came back that he 'shot himself in the head' (however believable that sounds considering the supposed state of his remains) Dog the Bounty Hunter was claiming he may still be alive and Fox News cut the feed," one user wrote. Another said: "Dog the bounty Hunter doesn’t believe the Feds. Guy is still alive."

The announcement of Laundrie dying by suicide came a month after his remains were found at a Florida preserve after weeks of searching for his whereabouts. At the time, the autopsy came back inconclusive and was sent to an anthropologist for further evaluation. 

Laundrie, 23, was reported missing after authorities found Petito's remains at a national forest in Wyoming. Petito's death was ruled a homicide by manual strangulation, and Laundrie was determined to be a person of interest in her disappearance. However, he had not been charged in the case.

In a recent interview, Petito’s family sat down for an interview with Dr. Oz where her mother, Nichole Schmidt, admitted she did not recognize any noticeable “red flags,” while their daughter was in a relationship with Laundrie.


Brian Laundrie

Photo: Moab City Police Department / Handout

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