(PresidentialInsider.com)- The circus surrounding the search for Gabby Petito’s fiancé Brian Laundrie last week got even more circus-like when reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter threw his mullet into the mix and joined the search for the suspect.
And on Thursday, Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, said that he has been joined by a K9 unit as well as some former Navy SEALs and Marines who are now aiding him in the hunt for Laundrie, whom Chapman believes is hiding in Florida.
Chapman said on Thursday that he felt certain that he would be closing in on Laundrie very soon. As part of his efforts, Chapman called in a private search and rescue K9 team to assist him in his search of Egmont Key, an island off the coast of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Chapman told Fox News that he has a bunch of volunteers, mostly former law enforcement along with former SEALs and Marines.
Chapman and his volunteers have been searching the islands near Fort De Soto Park, where Laundrie went camping with his family after returning alone from a cross-country trip with Petito.
Chapman confirmed to Fox News that he had discovered a campsite as well as a freshly-used can of energy drink in the woods. He said that his K9 unit come in handy because the dogs are trained to track scent, adding that what takes him an hour to search only takes a dog five minutes.
New bodycam footage that was previously withheld was released last week showing the 22-year-old Petito initially telling a police officer that Laundrie had struck her, then revising her statement and saying that she had attacked Laundrie first.
The body-cam footage was from an August 12 encounter with Moab, Utah police officers about two weeks before Petito was last seen alive.
Laundrie has been on the run for more than two weeks as police continue to investigate the homicide of Petito, whose body was found on September 19 in a Wyoming park.
Moab City Police Department Chief Bret Edge took a leave of absence last week as an internal investigation is conducted to see whether or not the Moab police mishandled the situation by letting Petito and Laundrie drive off without pressing charges.