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Dog The Bounty Hunter Bails On Brian Laundrie Search After Suffering 'Ankle Injury,' Heads To Colorado For Treatment

Oct. 11 2021, Published 10:58 a.m. ET

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Dog The Bounty Hunter is no longer leading the manhunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie after suffering an "ankle injury" and being forced to Colorado for treatment.

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The 68-year-old reality star — whose real name is Duane Chapman — left Florida over the weekend and headed to the Centennial State. His loyal daughter, Lyssa Chapman, revealed the news on Sunday.

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When one follower asked, "Is it true your dad sustained an ankle injury and has gone to Colorado to treat it?" Lyssa didn't hesitate to confirm.

"Yes," she wrote before later explaining in more detail, which caused more confusion.

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"Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business," Lyssa stated, making no mention of his ankle injury. "Remember, he was in Florida on his honeymoon."

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Making it clear that the search for Brian hasn't stopped, Dog's daughter said his team remains in Florida on the hunt. "We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will," she wrote.

Of course, everyone had questions, but the most popular one was: did Dog actually have an ankle injury?

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As Radar reported, Dog offered his services to the Laundrie family last month when Brian went missing. His efforts weren't welcomed with Brian's mom, Roberta, calling the police on the professional fugitive hunter.

Dog's search has drummed up mixed reviews, with one of his daughters claiming the whole thing is "staged."

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Lyssa's sister Cecily Chapman spoke to The Sun last week and ripped her dad to shreds.

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“It's just a publicity stunt. That's really what it is. He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it," Cecily stated.

Questioning where he's getting his funds for the search, she asked, "Realistically, how is he doing this, what the hell is he doing, and who is funding this nonsense!?”

Cecily also added the "water stuff" looks "totally staged," referring to a video showing Dog in waist-height water during the search.

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Brian went missing on September 13 after allegedly telling his parents he was going on a solo hike to the Carlton Reserve, where Dog and the FBI have been tirelessly searching.

Brian's father, Christopher Laundrie, joined the hunt last week. He spent hours at the reserve with authorities showing them his son's favorite trails but "no discoveries" were made.

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Brian was on a cross-country road trip with his fiancée Gabby Petito when he returned to his parents' Florida home in their van without her.

Gabby's parents reported her missing on September 11. Her body was found in Wyoming 8 days later. The coroner ruled her death a homicide.

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