Dog The Bounty Hunter fans have seen behind-the-scenes drama with the help of his no-nonsense wife Beth Chapman since the release of their reality show. But on Wednesday, the reality star revealed that there’s more to the story than the theory he and his family were stuck in the woods.
Beth Chapman revealed that the search for Brian Laundrie, the 16-year-old boy who has been missing since the night before Gabby Petito went missing, has been taken off the table. In a tweet, Chapman said that the search for the third-grader has been halted because law enforcement officials think they’ve found evidence suggesting Brian went with his family to camp after hittingched a ride on a vehicle prior to Gabby’s disappearance.
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Brian Laundrie is the cousin of missing 12-year-old Gabrielle Petito. He has been missing since the night before. @captainmpo @HeleneParker pic.twitter.com/UikxKqalKh — Angela Marie Espinosa (@EspinosaAP) June 14, 2018
Beth’s tweet and the evidence she mentioned was also tweeted by the search’s lead investigator on the case, police officer Ida Coates, who said the new evidence puts “the rest of the family’s story into question.”
Among the evidence of potential the Laundries’ trip, according to Chapman, is that in the days before Gabby was reported missing, Brian took a riding lawn mower for a ride. “He would ride this mower and stop every few miles, get his hair trimmed, and for a few more hours he was stranded in the woods,” Beth wrote.
Watchdog dogs reported a strong scent on the mower when it was recovered, according to the Aquia Valley News in New York, and Okaloosa County Sheriff David Morgan told Today that some of the evidence also included entry to the urn that the Laundries stored Brian’s ashes in.
Beth Chapman first shared her theory that Brian went to his family’s camp and spoke with them while they were there on Wednesday. Since then, however, she has struggled to come to terms with the overwhelming evidence which suggests he left that site after Gabby went missing, and she’s taken the search to its next step.
The day before, she and the sheriff provided a press conference. According to the sheriff, a hunting dog led authorities to a wooded area outside of Naples, Florida. But on Thursday, a helicopter was called in after the search turned up “no sign of the missing person,” reported the Naples Daily News.
“For me it doesn’t make sense,” said Coates. “I’m not like to argue if an investigation hasn’t ended. But he was reported missing.”
Thanks to a new tip that Gabby may still be alive, “Her story is the number one priority,” Coates continued. However, with the evidence points pointing in another direction, “Brian is no longer a victim of a crime, he is a suspect.”
New footage has surfaced from the Holloway Family Dinner. I’m not f—— going to watch these new pics of Brian Laundrie. — Dog The Bounty Hunter (@CaptainMPo) June 13, 2018
The Florida teen went missing in mid-May. On May 21, Gabby and her mother went to a local restaurant where she became upset because her food wasn’t hot enough. When she continued to argue with her mother, Gabby decided to go play video games instead. Her mother placed her on a return home bus shortly thereafter, and Gabby never made it home.
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