Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter slams ‘staged’ Brian Laundrie search and tells dad to ‘back off the publicity stunt’

DOG the Bounty Hunter’s daughter Cecily Chapman slammed his search for Brian Laundrie, which she called staged and added that her reality star dad should “back off the publicity stunt.” 

Cecily exclusively told The Sun: “It’s just a publicity stunt. That’s really what it is. He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it.” 


Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter Cecily slammed his search for Brain LaundrieCredit: Getty
Brian has not been located since his fiancé Gabby Petito was reported missing & found dead


Brian has not been located since his fiancé Gabby Petito was reported missing & found deadCredit: Instagram

Dog- whose real name is Duane Chapman- has been sharing photos and videos and has been conducting interviews with the media about his search for Brian, who has not been located since his fiancé Gabby Petito was reported missing September 11 and was found dead a week later. 

The 28-year-old added about her dad’s search “To be completely honest with you, the FBI is never going to let Dog the Bounty Hunter catch Brian anyway- the FBI is way too prideful for that.” 

Cecily also wondered who is funding the 68-year-old reality star’s search- which includes a camera person who has been capturing footage alongside Dog on the trip. 

“Realistically,” Cecily questioned, “how is he doing this, what the hell is he doing, and who is funding this nonsense!?” 

“Hes trying to distract everybody from everything, that’s what he does. He tries to hide his problems,” Beth’s oldest daughter added.

Dog has found himself at the center of controversy recently after Cecily, and another daughter- Bonnie Chapman- accused him of not inviting them to his September wedding to Francie Frane.

He also recently revealed that he has previously used the N-word and defended its use in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Cecily said she also wonders if her famous father is trying to gather footage during his search for Brian Laundrie for a new show for himself. 

She added that the search for Brian reminds her of how her father first became famous in his search for Max Factor heir, Andrew Lester- who he located in Mexico.

However, she said this is different: “A real network would be aware of the situation and I’m pretty sure everyone knows that this is a f***ing publicity stunt.” 

Cecily also took aim at some of the revelations Dog has made during his search for Brian: “What, you found a Monster Energy can? What does that do for anyone.”  

She also added: “And that in the water stuff- that looks totally staged.”

On Monday Dog shared more of his search for Brian with Fox News.  

The TV star said he had found what he called a “makeshift, primitive camp” in the hunt, and said he turned over his information to the FBI.  

Dog told Fox News his team had received “tips from here to Tennessee and beyond” in the hunt for Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé. 

He added: “On Friday we found a makeshift, very primitive camp that had some promising things around it. So we gave gathered up all those things. 

“We turned them over yesterday to the FBI. 

“We are now talking to the FBI and working with local law enforcement.” 


In a video interview conducted near Fort De Soto Park, the television bounty hunter explained that local leads had indicated Brian and his parents were in the area in early September. 

He added: “He could be island hopping so we have left cameras in places where he will never see them.” 

Thousands of tips have been sent as the bounty hunter’s personal hotline 833-TELLDOG has been flooded with potential leads. 

But Dog warned that some of the leads they are receiving are “fake” to “get us off the track.” 

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He said: “There are leads that are coming in that are beautiful and there was a lead that came in that showed a picture of him. 

“We googled the guy that sent that in and he went to high school with Brian.” 


Dog also labeled Brian’s sister Cassie a “liar” after she said she had not seen her brother since he returned from his trip without Gabby. 

Laundrie family attorney Steven Bertolino later confirmed: “Cassie saw her brother Brian on September 01 when he stopped by her home and again on September 6 at Fort De Soto Park. 

“Law enforcement agencies are well aware of these dates.” 

Dog added: “The truth is starting to come out.” 

The FBI has launched a million dollar manhunt for 23-year-old Brian, after he vanished from his family home in Florida – just days before Gabby was found dead in a forest in Wyoming. 

Laundrie 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. Her remains were found a week later in a Wyoming national park. 

By that time, Brian himself had been reported missing by his parents. 

Chris and Roberta called cops on September 17 to say their son had disappeared, telling officers they had last seen him three days prior. 

Laundrie allegedly told his parents that he was going for a hike in the alligator-infested Carlton Reserve. 


Police initially focused their search there but after it emerged the family had camped in the Fort de Soto area on September 6. 

Dog claimed that Brian was not with Chris and Roberta when they checked out of the park two days later, on September 8. 

In a statement to WPBF, the Laundrie family’s lawyer Steven Bertolino slammed the allegation, insisting Brian did return home with his parents. 

“That dog doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Bertolino wrote in a text to the outlet. 

“The Laundries had reservations at the campground for September 1 to 3. They canceled those reservations and did not go to the park during that weekend although dog says they did. 

“They did go to that campground September 6 and 7 as a family and they all left together despite the claims of others.” 


Brian, who remains the only person of interest following Gabby’s death, is wanted by the FBI for using an unauthorized debit card and pin code to access two bank accounts August 30 and September 1. 

The Capital One card is believed to belong to Gabby – and he racked up a bill of $1,000, according to police. 

There have been alleged sightings of the fugitive on the Appalachian Trail, other parts of Florida, Mexico, and Canada. Most potential leads have led to dead ends. 

Engineer Dennis Davis believes he spoke with Laundrie near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina. 


Weeks before she was reported missing, the young vlogger and her fiancé were interrogated by police in Moab, Utah on August 12. 

Harrowing bodycam footage reveals the moment Gabby told police that she and Laundrie had been “fighting”. 

The vlogger, who was apologetic throughout, tries to explain to the officer what she and Laundrie were arguing about through her tears. 

Gabby’s last known contact with her family was on August 25 when she and Laundrie reached Grand Teton National Park. 

Cecily Chapman slammed her father's search for Brian- calling it a publicity stunt


Cecily Chapman slammed her father’s search for Brian- calling it a publicity stuntCredit: Courtesy Cecily Chapman
Cecily said that this water search felt particularly staged


Cecily said that this water search felt particularly stagedCredit: Duane Chapman/Instagram
On Monday Dog told Fox News he found a makeshift campsite


On Monday Dog told Fox News he found a makeshift campsiteCredit: Fox News


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