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Duane 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Chapman & John Walsh Slammed By Brian Laundrie's Family Attorney Over Their 'Publicity Hungry Egos'

Oct. 14 2021, Published 2:39 p.m. ET

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Duane "Dog The Bounty Hunter" Chapman and John Walsh are getting blasted by Brian Laundrie's family attorney, who insisted both stars inserted themselves in the Gabby Petito case for fame.

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The Laundries' attorney, Steven Bertolino, didn't hold back from sharing his thoughts on the famed bounty hunter and former America’s Most Wanted host, telling TMZ: "Dusty relics like that Dog and John Walsh need a tragic situation like this so they can clear the cobwebs off their names and give their publicity hungry egos some food."

As OK! reported, Duane joined the manhunt for Brian one week after his parents, Chris and Roberta, reported their son missing on Friday, September 17. The following Saturday, the 68-year-old showed up to the family's North Port, Flor., home — which resulted in Brian's parents calling the police on the reality star.

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When asked if Steven felt Duane was impeding the FBI's probe, he replied: "That's for law enforcement to determine."

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Duane — who recently injured his ankle amid his search — has been looking in Florida for the 23-year-old, but believes he may be hiding out on the Appalachian trail, which is by the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.

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Since joining the hunt, the Dog the Bounty Hunter alum has seen TV offers rolling in, with OK! learning that his team has been working closely with production company Thinkfactory Media on pitching a new television show.

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As for John, he reportedly has a TV special about Gabby's case and the search for Brian in the works. John broke his silence about the headline-making case days after Gabby's remains were found at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming and her death was ruled a homicide.

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According to the former TV host, he believes it will be the people who find Brian, opposed to the FBI who have been searching a 25,000-acre wildlife refuge in Florida, where Chris and Roberta said he went hiking before he disappeared.

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OK! reported Brian's parents said they last saw the most wanted man in America on Tuesday, September 14, three days before they reported him missing. They have since retracted the statement, noting they last saw Brian Monday, September 13.

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Gabby's family reported her missing on September 11, ten days after Brian returned home alone from the couple's cross-country road trip in her van. When authorities told Gabby's mom, Nicole Schmidt, her van was back in the state upon Brian's return home, the mourning mom revealed she knew her daughter was gone.

Earlier this week, the Teton County, Wyoming, coroner confirmed Gabby died by strangulation, most likely, three to four weeks before her body was found.

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