Dog the Bounty Hunter has been working to confirm a tip about a recent sighting of Brian Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail, it was revealed Sunday.
Lyssa Chapman, the daughter of Duane “Dog” Chapman, told The Post that she has been in contact with Dennis Davis, who claims he spoke with Laundrie on a deserted road near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina Saturday morning.
“I do believe Dennis. I am convinced he’s convinced,” she said.
“We’re doing everything we can to verify Dennis’ tip but there isn’t much to go off other than the location. But we’re working that tip for sure.”
Lyssa, 34, said she has been running down close to 3,000 tips that have flooded into the 833-TELLDOG hotline during the past week. Dog has suspected Laundrie was hiding out on the Appalachian Trail since his hunt began a week ago.
Davis’ tip fits the Chapmans’ profile of Laundrie, which is that he is most likely alone in the wilderness.
“I don’t think [Laundrie] is in a high technological area because in this day and age we would have a lot more footage of him,” Lyssa said.
“I do think wherever he is, he is stashed among a community of people who don’t read the news or could be traveling solo or with a group that’s helping him.”
Laundrie, 23, is wanted on bank fraud charges after his 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito, was found dead in Wyoming last month.
Dog has also continued to search for Laundrie in Pinellas County on the west central coast of Florida on Sunday. The bounty hunter will remain there until there is concrete evidence to look elsewhere.
Dog tracked the Laundrie family to a campground at Fort De Soto Park, which was later confirmed by public records that showed Laundrie’s mother Roberta checked into “Site 001-Waterfront” between Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 after Gabby Petito was last seen or heard from.
The Laundrie family’s attorney, Steven Bertolino, confirmed Brian Laundrie and his family camped at Fort De Soto Park on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7.
Footage released on Sunday showed Dog wading through chest-deep water to search an island off the coast of Florida.
“On the ground right now with Dog is his wife Francie, her son Greg, and he has assembled a team on ex-law enforcement and hunting dogs,” Chapman said.
“They are not scent dogs, they are hunting dogs that can get into places we can’t get including little holes.
“A scent dog goes after a scent but a hunting dog goes after any person.”
While she refused to name them, Lyssa is particularly interested in the movements of Laundrie’s sister Cassie Luycx and her husband James Luycx, both 31.
Protesters have also turned their attention to Cassie’s home in Lakewood Ranch, about 40 miles from the Laundrie family home in North Port, although it did not appear they were home on Sunday.
“We have been looking into all family members,” she said.
“I don’t want to name names, it’s terrible what protesters are doing to the family, and we don’t want to add to that. But Cassie has a husband.
“Every single person who had contact with Brian from the time Gabby died to the time [Laundrie] disappeared is a person that should be interviewed, talked to, and researched.
“The family, in my opinion, is definitely withholding information and I think the police know that as well.”
Dog’s team is compiling a detailed understanding of the Laundrie family from documents leaked to their tip line, which Lyssa said was crucial to finding the outlaw.
“People are sending financials, vehicle records, addresses, phone numbers,” she said.
“We are tracing down all known relatives, where they live, friends, family members, who they went to school with.
“We want to know everything about [Laundrie], what kind of cigarettes he smokes and what color socks he wears.”
Lyssa is convinced Laundrie is still alive, based primarily on the FBI’s extensive search of the Carlton Reserve near the Laundrie’s North Port home.
“I don’t believe they’d be spending this kind of money on a body recovery,” she said.
“They must have something they think is definitive, which they are not sharing with the public.”