DOG the Bounty Hunter says that Brian Laundrie's social media posts show he was in a "very dark" headspace before his slain vlogger fiance Gabby Petito vanished during their cross-country road trip.

Dog, real name Duane Chapman, joined the hunt for 23-year-old Laundrie late last month at the behest of his fans shortly after Gabby's remains were found at a Wyoming campsite on September 19.


Speaking to Dr. Oz on Tuesday, the TV star, who has spent the last week scouring Fort De Soto Park in search of Laundrie, shared fresh leads in his investigation.

Much like the legions of internet sleuths and armchair detectives that have become engrossed in the tragic case in the last month, Dog said he and his team have been digging into Laundrie's social media activity in search of clues as to what may have happened between him and Gabby, and where he way be now.

"One thing Dr. Oz that I looked at and we all looked at, is that he has Instagram posts," Dog said. Now if you look at them, there are pictures of what I would call demonic-looking things.

"Some of the books that he has read are very, very dark. I mean this kid was not in a very good state of mind before and after this happened.”

'DARK' SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

As previously reported by The Sun, in the months before Laundrie and Gabby embarked on their ill-fated adventure, he shared a series of disturbing images and artwork to his Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

One such post, uploaded to Instagram on July 15, 2020, is captioned "Grim Reaper leading sheep to the slaughter" and shows a herd of sheep surrounded by ghoulish figures wielding scythes.

Some of the reapers have been carved into mousetraps and outlined in red.

A second work, uploaded a week earlier, shows what appears to be a man wearing a wolf mask, sat in a chair and holding a blood-soaked knife, with red splatters up his arms and legs.

Laundrie also bragged on the platform about reading 'Lullaby', a horror-satire novel by Chuck Palahniuk, as well as 'Rant', a novel in the form of an oral biography, to Gabby shortly before she was killed.

He wrote on Instagram: "The f**king craziest out of all of Chuck’s books on my shelf, I can’t fathom how he must have written this one! I’d love to preach all of the insane twists and turns but all I can say is that I’ll never forget the name Rant Casey. Or Green Taylor Simms.

"Me and my fiancé read this one out loud together and boy oh boy I can’t believe some of the stuff coming out of our mouths."

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On Petito's 22nd birthday, the couple went hiking and in a photo she posted on her Instagram profile, Laundrie can be seen slicing an apple with a copy of Lullaby balancing on his legs.

In a video on the couples' YouTube page, Laundrie was also seen reading the horror science fiction novel, Annihilation, which is about women who go missing.

Laundrie's Pinterest page also contains similar images to his Instagram, depicting scenes of violence, darkness, witchcraft, and death.

In one post – or "pin" – saved to an album called "things to burn off", Laundrie saved a digital sketch of ghosts, clowns, and skeletons.

In the center of the artwork, designed by Sacha Strange, is a cartoon gravestone with the words "My Baby" written across it.

The words "She'll never find a sweet man like me", and
"Let her go, let her go, GOD BLESS HER, wherever she may be" also appear around the headstone.

He also saved a pin just weeks ago titled "The Opposite of Lost" which whipped up a stir on social media after he was reported missing on September 17.

The image, saved to a folder titled "my Heart", features pale purple and pink clouds. Also written beneath are the words: "Don't try to find me. I have finally escaped my 'master's' wicked clutches.

"To the others, I say: JOIN ME. Bite the hand that feeds you. Vive La Beberte – Pierre."

The bizarre image appears to originate from a missing dog flier that was spotted in Portland, Oregon, in 2006. Oregon, incidentally, was the final planned destination of Petito and Laundrie's trip.

Also featured in the same folder is a series of quotes, including one from the movie Fight Club which reads, "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."

DOG 'CLOSING IN'

Brian Laundrie has now been missing for more than three weeks.

He vanished sometime around September 14, his parents claim, after telling them he was going hiking in Carlton Reserve, Sarasota County, but failed to return.

Dog, meanwhile, claimed to have received a tip last week that Laundrie had gone camping at Fort De Soto with his parents on September 6 but alleged that only his parents left the park on September 8.

The family later admitted that they had gone camping on those dates, in addition to two other locations, but insisted that Laundrie had returned home with them.

While Laundrie continues to evade police, Dog told Dr. Oz that he believes the wanted 23-year-old is still alive and will soon be found.

Over the weekend, Dog who previously claimed not to be collaborating with law enforcement said his team found a "primitive makeshift camp" inside Fort De Soto Park.

"We collected some items around the camp and have turned them over as of yesterday to the FBI," he said.



As for when authorities will catch Brian, Dog says, it's just a matter of time.

While he believes Laundrie is still alive, he says he won't be able to survive on the run for much longer.

Dr. Oz asked the reality TV star if he believes Laundrie is in possession of a phone and is in contact with the outside world, to which he responded he believes he is.

"I believe he has some form of communication, and I do not believe that Brian is deceased or dead," he said.

"I believe that Brian is not well because this is some tough area out there.

"Let’s get him alive and let him go to trial in Wyoming and let’s get this over with. Cause if not, they might be attending another funeral.”

ILL-FATED ADVENTURE

Brian and Gabby, who met in New York before moving to Florida two years ago, were around two months into their planned four-month cross-country road trip touring the US’ national parks before Gabby vanished sometime around August 27.

Brian quietly returned home to Florida alone on September 1, failing to alert police or Gabby’s family that she was missing.

He reportedly acted “without a care in the world” upon his return, neighbors said, mowing the front yard and enjoying idyllic bike rides with his mom.

Gabby was eventually reported missing by her mother in New York on September 11. That came after 10 days of allegedly being stonewalled by Brian and his parents about where her daughter was, she said.

Then, on September 14, Brian allegedly vanished after telling his parents he was going hiking at Carlton Reserve.

But they didn’t report Brian missing until three days later when police showed up at their home.

GABBY WAS 'MURDERED'

Gabby's remains were found by investigators at a campsite near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19.

The manner of her death has preliminarily been ruled a homicide, however, a cause of death has not yet been publicly released.

Laundrie is not currently considered a suspect in Gabby's murder but is considered a person of interest.

He also has a warrant out for his arrest on bank fraud allegations after allegedly racking up $1,000 in charges on a debit card that's believed to have belonged to Gabby.

Law enforcement is still searching Carlton Reserve for traces of Laundrie, while TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter is scouring Fort De Soto.


Gabby Petito timeline

Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen on August 24, leaving a hotel in Utah. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:

  • June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie set off on a cross-country trip across the US.
  • July 4 – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
  • July 8 – Gabby posts photos of herself at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
  • July 18 – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves at Utah's Zion National Park.
  • August 12 – Body camera footage was released in September showing an encounter Brian and Gabby had with police in Utah. Police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
  • August 19 – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel chronicling their trip.
  • August 24 – Gabby is spotted leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • August 25 – Gabby Facetimes her mom, Nichole Schmidt, for the final time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter revealed "more and more tension" between her and Brian.
  • August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
  • August 27 – Gabby is seen for what's believed to be the final time. Witnesses claim they saw Brian in an explosive argument with staff at a restaurant in Jackson Hole, leaving Gabby in tears.
  • August 27 – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple's van "abandoned" on a dirt road.
  • September 1 – Brian returns home to Florida without Gabby.
  • September 11 – Gabby's parents report her missing to Suffolk County police.
  • September 14 – Brian's family issues a statement saying he has retained an attorney and will not be cooperating with investigators.
  • September 14 – Brian is allegedly last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was going hiking in Cartlon Reserve but failed to return.
  • September 15 – Florida's North Port police announce Brian is a person of interest in the case. He is not charged with any crime.
  • September 16 – Utah police release body camera footage of the police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
  • September 17 – Brian's parents say they have not seen their son in a couple of days and report him missing.
  • September 18 – Police announce they were searching Carlton Reserve in Florida for Brian. Police announce they have not found anything.
  • September 19 – Authorities in Wyoming say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces the body was believed to be Gabby's but a full forensic identification needs to be completed first to confirm.
  • September 20 – Police execute a search warrant on Laundrie's home, seizing his silver Mustang and a hard drive that may contain "evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed."
  • September 21 – Officials announce they will be conducting an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. Police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venice side of Carlton Reserve.
  • September 21 – The FBI announced the body found in Wyoming was identified as Gabby's. The cause of death was not yet revealed.
  • September 21 – The Teton County Coroner's office said Gabby's official cause of death was still pending but the initial manner of death is homicide.
  • September 22 – Police continue to scour Carlton Reserve for a trace of Laundrie but yield no leads. A specialist dive team is called in to assist with the hunt.
  • September 23 – Officials announced a federal arrest warrant for Brian was issued.
  • September 26 – Gabby's funeral was held on Long Island, New York.

 

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