DOG the Bounty Hunter has slammed Brian Laundrie's dad after he joined the search for his son and said parents of suspects usually only help in negotiations.
The reality TV star – who joined the hunt for Gabby Petito's missing fiancé last month – told The Sun: "It's a little too late. Don't you think?"
Dog is hunting Brian after Petito, 22, was found dead in Wyoming after disappearing on the couple's cross-country road-trip.
The FBI launched a million dollar search for 23-year-old Brian, after he vanished from his family home in Florida just days before Gabby was found dead.
On Thursday Brian's dad Chris joined that search.
But Dog – real name Duane Chapman- said he has "never heard of that in the 41 years" he has worked as a bounty hunter.
He added: "I have heard when they go get a parent…when the son is robbing a bank and they want to negotiate for the kid to come out, so they will get mom and mom talks to the kid.
"I've never heard of the police departments, and I'm sure it wasn't the FBI, that take the father on the ride along.They must have some good friends."
Brian had been weeks into a cross country trip with his fiancée when he returned home to his parent's house without her on September 1.
Gabby's parents reported her missing on September 11 and her remains were found a week later in a Wyoming national park.
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By that time, Brian himself had been reported missing by his parents.
Speaking to The Sun Dog added: "Most of the guys that kill their wives and their family, they hide up for three or four days and then protesters start and the rumors start.
"So the people have put up enough pressure where the dad rode around in a golf cart, and showed the cops, what to do. "
Dog said he had at first speculated on a scenario where Brian had killed Gabby by accident, and perhaps called his mom and dad immediately after her death, telling them he "put his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming."
Dog added: "Now we have to remember that…Gabby and Brian lived with his mom and dad for almost two years in the house.
"I was there, it's not a huge house, so I am sure the parents heard probably Gabby's screaming."
But Dog said the timeline seems to suggest that was not the case.
DAD JOINS SEARCH
Laundrie family attorney Steve Bertolino said Chris was asked to identify his son's favorite trails and hiking spots.
Bertolino's office said they had no comment when contacted about Dog's comments.
Chris was seen leaving his North Port, Florida, home alone on Thursday morning.
Bertolino said: "Chris Laundrie is assisting Law Enforcement today in the search for Brian. Chris was asked to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve.
"Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally three weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better.
"The preserve has been closed to the public and the Laundries as well but the parents have been cooperating since the search began.”
HUNT FOR BRIAN
Bertolino added: "As to yesterday, we were just asked to be on standby as they were focusing in on certain areas."
Brian vanished just days before Gabby's body was discovered on September 19 at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, where the couple had been traveling together.
He drove back to his North Port home alone in Gabby's van on September 1, a week and a half before her mother reported her missing.
Brian's parents reported him missing on September 17 after they claimed he told them he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.
The Laundrie family has drawn some scrutiny after appearing to change the timeline of events they originally shared with police.
According to a statement released by the family's attorney Steven Bertolino, Brian actually "left to hike in the preserve" on Monday, September 13, not Tuesday, September 14 as his parents originally stated.
Bertolino told WFLA: "The Laundries were basing the date Brian left on their recollection of certain events.
"After consulting with the FBI and confirming the day Brian’s Mustang was found and returned to the Laundries’ home, we now believe the day Brian left to hike in the preserve was Monday September 13."
The FBI issued an arrest warrant, accusing Brian of swiping a Capital One debit card between August 31 and September 1.
Brian remains at large but there have been a series of alleged sightings in parts of Florida, Mexico, Canada, and along the Appalachian Trail. Most potential leads have led to dead ends.
He is considered a person of interest in Gabby's death but has yet to officially be named a suspect.
Exclusive footage obtained by The Sun on Thursday shows Dog as he was served with a $1.3million lawsuit accusing him of “racist and homophobic behavior."
The lawsuit accuses him of “racist and homophobic behavior" before and after filming his axed reality show Dog Unleashed.
Footage shows as the reality star is approached with the court documents during his search for Laundrie in Florida.
Dog has vehemently denied the allegations.
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