Duane Chapman, the former reality TV star better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has re-emerged as part of the ongoing search for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the suspected murder of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito.
While Chapman and his team track down leads in southern Florida, however, his estranged daughter Cecily Chapman has dismissed the effort as nothing more than a “publicity stunt.”
According to the New York Post, Cecily Chapman and her sister, 22-year-old Bonnie, had a falling out with their father following the death of their mother, Beth, in 2019.
“He needs to back off”
In addition to criticism over his rapid remarriage, Duane Chapman has also faced claims from family members that he is homophobic and racist. He denies all such allegations.
Nevertheless, his daughter said the current search for Laundrie should be off-limits.
“He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it,” said Cecily Chapman. “It’s just a publicity stunt. That’s really what it is.”
Scenes supposedly depicting him in the midst of a search for the person of interest have been “staged,” she claimed, questioning how he has been able to finance the effort. She went on to share a belief that her father is shopping for another reality television show.
“A real network would be aware of the situation and I’m pretty sure everyone knows that this is a f*****g publicity stunt,” Cecily Chapman said, as the Post reported.
“What does that do for anyone?”
She went on to dismiss supposed discoveries her father has made along the way, asking: “What, you found a Monster Energy can? What does that do for anyone?”
In the end, the estranged daughter maintained that Duane Chapman will not be allowed to take credit for tracking Laundrie down.
“To be completely honest with you, the FBI is never going to let Dog the Bounty Hunter catch Brian anyway,” she said. “The FBI is way too prideful for that.”
She might be correct on that point, and her father has acknowledged that there has been virtually no communication between his team and the FBI. Last week, he referenced that dynamic in a Newsmax TV interview, proclaiming:
I guess we kind of do the same thing but I really don’t pay too much attention like they don’t pay too much attention to me. After 45 years, I don’t call the police, they’re usually called on me — so I don’t know what they’re doing.