Duane Chapman, the former reality television star known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, has been engaged in the continuing search for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito.
After injuring his ankle while following leads in Florida, however, reports indicate Chapman returned to his home in Colorado. His team made it clear that the injury does not mean he will no longer be involved in the manhunt.
“He’s also raising funds”
News of the development first came from WFLA anchor Josh Benson, who posted a pair of tweets on the matter this week.
“Just got an update from Dog the Bounty Hunter’s team,” he wrote on Sunday. “They say he’s headed back to Colorado soon to meet with his doctor after injuring his ankle in the search. He’s also raising funds to continue what he calls an ‘expensive search.'”
Benson added that Chapman’s team “will continue the search while he’s gone” and that “he will continue to process leads in Colorado while he’s there.”
Chapman’s daughter Lyssa also confirmed the move, writing: “Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business.”
She indicated that the crew is “still actively searching” for Laundrie” and promised to provide updates as the situation progresses.
“Need to attend to a variety of matters”
“Dog has not ended his search for Brian Laundrie,” spokeswoman Jennifer Willingham said. “Dog and Francie Chapman need to attend to a variety of matters at home in Colorado, including Dog’s ankle injury which occurred during the search.”
Lyssa continues to manage the “logistics” of the search from her home in Hawaii, Willingham added, vowing that Chapman “and the team will continue to search until Brian Laundrie is found.”
It is unclear from available updates how severe Chapman’s injury was or how long it will keep him sidelined.
In the meantime, authorities from various agencies are involved in the ongoing search for Laundrie. The case has attracted attention from media outlets and millions of Americans as the crime drama plays out in real-time.
Cecily Chapman, the bounty hunter’s estranged daughter, has criticized his efforts to track down Laundrie, dismissing it as little more than a “publicity stunt.”