Brian Laundrie stayed at campground with Gabby Petito & shared 'warning' MONTHS before he 'returned with parents'
BRIAN Laundrie stayed at the same campground with Gabby Petito that he is now thought to have returned to with his parents after her disappearance.
The missing man appears to have also shared a warning about the Fort DeSoto site on the couple's blog site, writing about the raccoons that broke into their tent.
On Monday Dog the Bounty Hunter said Brian and his parents are said to have been caught on camera at Fort De Soto Park.
They are thought to have visited the campsite twice – once September 1 to 3 and again on September 6 to 8.
Dog the Bounty Hunter said Brian was not with Chris and Roberta Laundrie when they left Fort De Soto Park on the second visit.
Brian had returned home from his cross country trip without Gabby on September 1. He was reported missing by his parents on September 17.
Gabby – whose body was discovered in a national park in Wyoming – shared pictures with Brian geotagged at the location in February.
One of those images of Brian posing behind bars has sparked online speculation that he "may have predicted his own future."
Other images in the February post reveal Gabby enjoying time at the beach.
A review of the campsite on Gabby and Brian's Dyrt page said: "Really nice campground, beautiful area with many hikes and easy walks, the beach, historic sites, really nice camp store and well maintained sites!"
But it warned: "So many raccoons!! Oh my gosh like they are not afraid of people and will come and take the s’mores right off your plate!
"Late while our family was asleep, the raccoons broke into their tent and took all our marshmallows & hot dog buns! So warning the raccoons run that place!! It’s still a really nice campground!"
Dog – real name Duane Chapman – told Fox news on Monday: "They were registered, went through the gate. They’re on camera. They were here.
"We think at least if he’s not here right now, we are sure he was caught on camera as he went in the gate — that he was here for sure. Not over in the swamp."
He added: "Allegedly, what we’re hearing, is two people left on the 8th. Three people came in on the 6th, and two people left on the 8th. I think he’s been here for sure."
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday they are not investigating the area and are unaware of any confirmed sightings of Laundrie, according to local reports.
Laundroe attorney Steven Bertolino said: "They are concerned about Brian and hope the FBI can locate him.
"The speculation by the public and some in the press that the parents assisted Brian in leaving the family home or in avoiding arrest on a warrant that was issued after Brian had already been missing for several days is just wrong."
Dog said that his team will continue to investigate leads in the Fort De Soto Park area, adding, "I think he's been here for sure."
In his interview with Fox News, Dog also addressed the possibility that Brian might be somewhere on the Appalachian Trail.
"He spent a couple months there in the past, and he is an outdoorsman," said Dog.
"He's very young, he's not an experienced criminal," the bounty hunter explained, adding that Brian's lack of criminal history prior to Gabby's disappearance suggests that Brian won't attempt shoplifting or breaking and entering to stay on the run.
"This kid is an outdoorsman, so I think he went where he's comfortable," Dog said.
He also addressed the idea Laundrie could be moving from island to island in a canoe.
Dog said: "There’s a lot of little islands around the area where we’re at, that he could get to on a canoe."
"We talked to the caretakers today of the islands, they said he could be out here," he added.
Meanwhile, the attorney for Gabby Petito's family, Richard Stafford, has scheduled a press conference for the afternoon of Tuesday, September 28.
Stafford has not indicated what specific information the conference will address.
Early on Monday, it emerged that Laundrie's parents called 911 on Dog the Bounty Hunter after he knocked at their Florida home.
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, said it was a "shame" Roberta and Chris Laundrie called for cops rather than open the door to him.
Gabby Petito supporters have slammed the family's silence, with a number of protesters arriving outside the home with a megaphone and posters on Monday.
Reality bounty hunter Dog has pledged to catch Gabby's missing fiancé Brian before the fugitive's birthday in November.
The reality TV star joined the search at the weekend as cops try to find the 23-year-old.
A dispatcher was heard saying Brian's mom Roberta "referenced a situation with the male."
Dog told Fox News: "It’s a shame they wouldn’t speak with us.
"The police said we were welcome to knock on the door so we did. I wanted to tell the Laundries that our goal is to find Brian and bring him in alive."
North Port Police Public Information Officer Josh Taylor confirmed: "We've been called to the house numerous times for all sorts of issues: media, protesters, celebrity searchers.
"It's not something normal. If the family calls and is concerned, we will respond like we would for anyone."
PERSON OF INTEREST
Laundrie was reported missing on September 17 – days after allegedly telling his family that he was going for a hike in a nature reserve in Sarasota, Florida.
That came after he returned home to his parent's house without Gabby. The couple had been on a cross country road trip when she disappeared.
Gabby was reported missing by her family on September 11. Her body was found several days later in a Wyoming national park.
An initial autopsy found that Petito died as a result of a homicide.
Laudrie has been named as a person of interest in her disappearance.
The FBI has also issued a warrant for his arrest; Laundrie is accused of swiping a Capital One debit card and running up a $1,000 balance from August 31 until September 1.
Detectives have scoured the Carlton Reserve in Sarasota since last weekend after the 23-year-old reportedly told his parents that he was going for a hike.
Search efforts led by police are likely to be scaled back as FBI agents lead the probe, reports say.
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