Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman may have a possible ulterior motive for his involvement in the search forBrian Laundrie-- the fiancé ofGabby Petito and a person of interest in her death -- who the bounty hunter claims is still alive and he's closing in on.
Variety.com reports Thinkfactory Media is shopping a new series starring Champan amid his recent insertion into the nationally publicized search for Laundrie.
Chapman famously starred inA&E'sDog the Bounty Hunterseries for eight seasons, as well as theCMTseriesDog and Beth: On the Hunt alongside his late wife,Beth Chapman, for two seasons.
The couple was also featured in theA&EspecialDog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, which chronicled Beth's cancer diagnosis in 2017.
Dog's most recently starred in theWGN America seriesDog's Most Wanted, which aired in Fall 2019, while another series,Dog's Unleashed, was scheduled to air on the streaming service UnleashedTV before being scrapped,Variety reports.
Thinkfactory's latest pitch involving the bounty hunter is reported to chronicle Chapman's day-to-day life and exploits, which would likely include his recent involvement in the search for Laundrie.
On Wednesday (September 29), sources with knowledge of the situation told TMZ Champan was moving toward a remote site where Laundrie is believed to be hiding.
TMZreported Chapman claimed he'd "be at the site in less than an hour" at the time of publication at 12:29 ET and the famed bounty hunter obtained information that would lead him to Laundrie, who was believed to be alive and moving around as of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday (September 28).
Chapman later shared a video update on his verified Twitter account from a Florida dock Wednesday afternoon, which he specified was from earlier in the morning, claiming "the search now is really on, the search has just begun."
On Monday (September 27), Champan told FOX News he received a tip that Laundrie's parents spent the night with their son in Fort De Soto Park on multiple occasions from September 1-3 and September 6-8.
"They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here," he told Fox News exclusively on Monday evening. "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 — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp."
However, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office told FOX 35 Orlandot hat it has received no confirmed tips or signings of Laundrie in response to Chapman's claim.
Additionally,FOX News obtained police dispatch audio of Laundrie's mother,Roberta, calling the police on Chapman, who was spotted banging on the door of the North Port, Florida home where Laundrie and Petito lived last Saturday (September 25).
“It’s a shame they wouldn’t speak with us. The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did. I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive,” Chapman toldFOX News.
On Monday (September 27), authorities in Florida announced they were scaling back efforts as the FBI took over the lead in the investigation into Laundrie's whereabouts.
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