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Inside site where Dog the Bounty Hunter says Brian Laundrie is hiding

EXCLUSIVE: First look inside the secluded waterfront campsite where Dog the Bounty Hunter claims Brian Laundrie is evading police by island hopping in a canoe – as it’s revealed he and Gabby went there two months before her murder

  • Dog the Bounty Hunter, real name Duane Chapman, joined the search for Brian Laundrie over the weekend 
  • Exclusive DailyMail.com photos offer the first look inside the secluded waterfront campsite where Dog believes Laundrie is hiding 
  • Dog believes that Laundrie, 23, could be there, hopping from island to island in a canoe to evade detection
  • Two months ago Laundrie and Gabby Petitio visited the same spot and posted photos exploring the area 
  • Dog revealed Monday that Laundrie’s parents spent the night in Fort De Soto from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1 
  • Christopher, 62, and Roberta, 55, have yet to talk publicly about Brian’s disappearance or the slaying of his fiancée
  • Petito, 22, who was found dead in Wyoming after he returned from their cross-country ‘van life’ trip without her on September 1

This is an exclusive first look inside the secluded waterfront campsite where Dog the Bounty Hunter claims Brian Laundrie is hiding out – as it’s revealed that Brian and Gabby went there before.

Two months ago the pair uploaded a series of photos to a hiking website that show them relaxing on the beach and exploring the Fort De Soto campground in Pinellas County, Florida, close to St Petersburg.

Reality star Dog, who joined the hunt for missing Brian over the weekend, says a tipster alerted him to several recent trips the Laundries made to the remote spot, 75 miles north of the family home in North Port.

A spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told DailyMail.com that there is no search underway and the only activity at the 1,130-acre site Tuesday was a handful of media helicopters circling overhead.

A spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘We are not conducting an investigation at Ft. DeSoto. We are unaware of any confirmed sightings of Brian.’

But former bail bondsman Dog – real name Duane Chapman – continues to push the idea that Laundrie, 23, could be there, hopping from island to island in a canoe to evade detection.

Dog the Bounty Hunter said Monday night that Brian Laundrie’s parents spent the night in Fort De Soto from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1. The camping site is seen in exclusive DailyMail.com photos 

Two months ago Laundrie and Gabby Petitio visited the same spot and posted photos hiking and showing them relaxing on the beach. They also posted this photo behind bars 

The campsite is located at the Fort De Soto campground in Pinellas County, Florida, close to St Petersburg

Dog believes that Laundrie, 23, could be in this area, hopping from island to island in a canoe to evade detection

Based around a fort built in 1900, De Soto contains more than seven miles of waterfront, eleven floating docks and multiple places to launch kayaks and canoes

Duane Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, (pictured at the weekend outside the Laundrie house in North Port, Florida) said on Monday that he had located a campsite where the Laundrie family stayed in September and where he believes Brian Laundrie is hiding out

Dog told TV reporter Brian Entin Monday night that Laundrie’s parents spent the night in Fort De Soto from September 1 to 3, staying in spot number 1.

They returned again with Brian to stay on spot 15 from September 6 to 8, he further claims.

Christopher, 62, and Roberta, 55, have yet to talk publicly about Brian’s disappearance or the slaying of his fiancée Gabby Petito, 22, who was found dead in Wyoming after he returned from their cross-country ‘van life’ trip without her on September 1.

The Laundries maintained their silence Tuesday when they were seen leaving home mid-morning to buy groceries at Walmart.

Gabby and Brian also visited the De Soto campground together according to their review on The Dyrt, which was posted two months ago.

In one photo Laundrie and Gabby are seen peering through the bars of a jail cell at an old fort.

In more snaps Gabby is seen reading a true crime novel book on the beach, exploring the dunes and holding a starfish in the palm of her hand.

‘Really nice campground, beautiful area with many hikes and easy walks, the beach, historic sites, really nice camp store and well maintained sites!’ the couple said in a review.

Based around a fort built in 1900, De Soto contains more than seven miles of waterfront, eleven floating docks and multiple places to launch kayaks and canoes. 

Christopher, 62, and Roberta, 55, have yet to talk publicly about Brian’s disappearance or the slaying of his fiancée Gabby Petito, 22, who was found dead in Wyoming after he returned from their cross-country ‘van life’ trip without her on September 1

 The Laundries maintained their silence Tuesday when they were seen leaving home mid-morning to buy groceries at Walmart.


The Laundrie family insisted on Monday they do not know where their son Brian Laundrie is

 

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos offer the first look inside the secluded waterfront campsite where Dog believes Laundrie is hiding. A ‘wanted’ poster is seen on the same street as the Laundrie home

Dog is adamant that Brian Laundrie could be hopping from island to island in a kayak or canoe at the Fort De Soto camping site 

Gabby and Brian visited the De Soto campground together according to their review on The Dyrt

Search efforts have so far been concentrated at the Carlton Reserve – an alligator-infested watery 25,000 acre site 13 miles north of the Laundrie family home in North Port.   

‘Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left on the 8th,’ said Chapman. 

‘Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure.’

A Fox News Digital reporter overheard a park worker say investigators had checked surveillance video on the grounds.

The FBI has not commented. 

The Laundrie family insisted on Monday they do not know where Brian Laundrie is.

Steven Bertolino, the family lawyer, said in the statement: ‘Chris and Roberta Laundrie do not know where Brian is. 

‘They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him. 

‘The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong.’ 

Chapman’s claim came after it was announced the all-out search in the Carlton Reserve will be scaled back as the FBI takes over the hunt.

North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor said: ‘The FBI is now leading the search. 

‘I’m told it will be scaled back and targeted based on intelligence. 

‘Hopefully, water will lower in areas hard to currently access,’ he told Fox News. 

‘Really nice campground, beautiful area with many hikes and easy walks, the beach, historic sites, really nice camp store and well maintained sites!’ Gabby and Brian said in a review of the campsite during their visit two months ago (pictured) 


In more snaps Gabby is seen reading a true crime novel book on the beach, exploring the dunes and holding a starfish in the palm of her hand

An extensive search for Laundrie has been underway since his parents reported him missing on September 17 – two days after he was named a person of interest in the homicide of Petito, whose remains were found on September 19

The federal agency charged Laundrie with ‘use of unauthorized access device’ last Thursday, but said they will ‘continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide.’ 

An extensive search for Laundrie  has been underway since his parents reported him missing on September 17 – two days after he was named a person of interest in the homicide of Petito, whose remains were found on September 19. 

A group of 75 officers from more than 16 agencies joined the search last week, using drones, diver units, dogs and ATV vehicles to comb the 25,000-acre preserve since his parents reported that Laundrie might be there. 

Over 100 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are contained in the park, along with camping areas and rivers. Wildlife there includes alligators, bobcats, snakes and coyotes. 

Florida cattle rancher Alan McEwen, who lives outside the Carlton Reserve, has spent 30 years exploring the area and said it’s not somewhere humans can easily live. He has been assisting police in their search for Laundrie.

‘There’s no surviving out here, I don’t know how to say it,’ he told Fox News.

‘I’ve been in the woods in and out all my life. I have learned a lot in my life, and one thing I know is no one is gonna survive out there for two weeks on foot.’  

Dog vowed to find him before his 24th birthday on November 18. 

Seattle’s Boohoof Law offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to his capture. 

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