Dog the Bounty Hunter has shot down the claim by a Twitter user that he used a Hawaiian-themed banner to needle fugitive Brian Laundrie.
“Aloha Brian Laundrie – Dog,” reads the banner seen pulled by a plane in an image posted by the user – though it was unclear if the photo was even real.
“This junction of the Gabby Petito murder investigation feels like an absolute fever dream,” @boutAWeekAhgo wrote.
“You have Dog the Bounty Hunter who’s tracked Brian Laundrie down to a tropical island and is now taunting him by flying a banner around the island in hopes of flushing him out,” he added.
The post has received about 28,000 likes and 4,692 retweets by Friday morning.
Duane “Dog” Chapman, who inserted himself into the massive manhunt for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend last weekend, insists that he has not used a banner to tout his search.
“Frankly, I wish I had thought of that, but it wasn’t our team,” the 68-year-old told Newsweek. “I’d love to shake the hand of whoever is behind the banner, I’ll tell you that.”
The former reality TV personality got involved Saturday after law enforcement had already been searching for days for Laundrie, 23, near his parents’ home in Florida.
Laundrie had returned from a cross-country trip with Petito, 22, on Sept. 1 – without his longtime girlfriend. Petito was reported missing Sept. 11 and later found dead in Wyoming.