Brian Laundrie remains “a person of interest” in the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito. Now, in addition to the federal warrant that was issued on Laundrie, there is now a price on his head!
Rewards totaling $30,000 are now being offered for information that helps authorities track down Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend, Brian Laundrie.
Jerry Torres, who is a neighbor of the Petito family, initially offered $5,000 for any tips that lead to the arrest of Laundrie, who vanished days before the discovery of Petito’s body in Wyoming.
“Law enforcement is working tirelessly, and they need your help,” he wrote on Twitter.
The reward, however, was raised to $10,000 in part from help from Steve Moyer, the former deputy chief of police for Sarasota, Florida.
“Money gets people to talk,” Moyer told CNN affiliate WZVN.
Boohoff Law, a personal injury law firm, announced last week that it was also offering $20,000 for “information leading directly to the exact whereabouts” of Laundrie.
“The authorized reward will remain open for two months starting from the receipt of the tip by the investigating law enforcement,” the statement said, the Sun North Port reported.
“We believe by offering a reward. It may help law enforcement get answers and bring justice for Gabby,” Kate Shakira, an employee at the firm, told the Sun. “We have been in touch with law enforcement about this reward.”
Famed TV Bounty Hunter May Have a Lead!
Meanwhile, Dog the Bounty Hunter believes a Florida campsite could be the key to finding the now on the lam Laundrie.
TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman told Fox News he received a tip that Brian Laundrie and his parents camped together at De Sota Park in Pinellas County twice in early September. But only two people were seen leaving.
Chapman claims the family took two trips to De Sota, from Sept. 1-3 and Sept. 6-8. For the second trip, three people came in, but only two left, he said.
“They were registered, went through the gate,” he said, according to Fox. “They’re on camera. They were here.”
The revelation comes as TMZ said Chapman and his new wife Francis Frane apparently found a “fresh” campsite in the woods of Florida.
Dog tipped off authorities to the find and believes there’s unspecified evidence linking Laundrie’s parents to the site, TMZ said.
Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, have denied any knowledge of or involvement in Brian’s disappearance in a statement through their lawyer.
“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,” attorney Steven Bertolino said in the statement.
Dog joined the hunt for Laundrie recently and was by reporters banging on the door of Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Saturday, Sept. 25. The parents didn’t answer the door.
The bounty hunter told The NY Post that day that he planned to catch Laundrie by his 24th birthday, Nov. 18. He said many early tips he received on his 833-TELLDOG hotline pointed to Laundrie being somewhere along the Appalachian trail, where he was known to spend time camping.
“That is the most leads coming right now that say that,” Dog told The Post.
As of Monday, Sept. 27, Dog said that he’d received more than 1,000 leads on the hotline.
“I would say within 48 hours, we probably will have a location where we start the tracking at,” Dog said in the interview with “Fox and Friends.”