Following the news that Gabby Petito died from strangulation, Dog the Bounty Hunter explained why fugitive Brian Laundrie’s evasion of authorities makes him look even more guilty now.
After weeks of speculation, Teton County Coroner Brent Blue announced Petito’s cause of death on Tuesday. While speaking to CNN, Blue revealed that the 22-year-old died by “human force.”
Petito and Laundrie had been on a cross-country tour of America’s national parks for months. But Laundrie abruptly left Grand Teton National Park weeks ago in his fiancée’s van. Additionally, he returned home to Florida, but Petito didn’t return with him. Authorities eventually found Petito’s body on Sept. 19. However, the coroner also revealed that Petito likely had been dead for three to four weeks before police found her body.
That’s why Dog – real name Duane Chapman – believes the longer Laundrie stays missing, the more he looks guilty of murder.
“His best decision now would be to turn himself in,” Dog the Bounty Hunter told The Sun. The reality TV star added that Blue’s “statement has established a timeline that looks worse for Brian Laundrie.” He says the 23-year-old’s “continued evasion of law enforcement makes him look guilty.”
“I can’t fathom how Brian’s parents can live with themselves. They need to be doing more to signal Brian to stop running,” the 68-year-old bounty hunter said.
Dog the Bounty Hunter Staying On the Case in Florida Despite Recent Injury
During another recent interview, Dog the Bounty Hunter announced that he plans to stay in Florida. He’s continuing his search for Brian Laundrie even though he recently suffered an ankle injury. On Tuesday, he told news outlet WFLA that he had a “change of plans” to return to Colorado since he “couldn’t bring himself to leave.”
After the Wyoming coroner reported the cause of death, Dog said the report is “not good for the Laundrie family.” Documents from Petito’s autopsy stated that she died from “manual strangulation/throttling.” Chapman specifically pointed out that “strangulation is not an accident.”
Coroner Brent Blue spoke to Anderson Cooper recently on his show Anderson Cooper 360. He explained further details about his findings and defined “throttling.”
“Throttling means that someone was strangled by human force,” Blue explained on Anderson Cooper 360. “There was no mechanical force involved.”
“We have seen people on snowmobiles who run into a wire. That would be strangling by a mechanical event. But we believe this was strangling by a human being,” the coroner continued.
The search for Laundrie’s whereabouts presses on. Dog the Bounty Hunter previously revealed he found surveillance footage evidence of Laundrie. Although he nor the massive FBI-led manhunt has uncovered the fugitive’s location yet, authorities and the bounty hunter are still on the case.