After America’s Most Wanted creator John Walsh’s special on Gabby Petito’s death aired Wednesday, Brian Laundrie’s attorney slammed Walsh and reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman as “dusty relics” seeking publicity by joining the search for his client. Walsh speculated that Laundrie, 23, may have fled to Mexico, the Bahamas, or the Appalachian Trail in his ID network special Gabby Petito: ID Special Report. Since September, Laundry has been missing. 17 and is a person of interest in Petito’s death, which occurred when he was 22 years old. Walsh also accused Laundrie’s parents of assisting their son in staying on the run in an ID Special Report. “I have no doubt that his family is assisting him in staying on the run,” the star of In Pursuit with John Walsh said. Last month’s episode of In Pursuit featured Walsh discussing the Petitio case. Walsh’s speculation did not sit well with Bertolino. “Dusty relics like Dog and John Walsh need a tragic situation like this to clear the cobwebs off their names and feed their publicity-hungry egos,” Bertolino told Fox News on Thursday. Walsh has yet to comment on the statement, but the star of Dog the Bounty Hunter has. “It’s ironic that Mr. Bertolino would criticize those attempting to locate Brian Laundrie, unless he doesn’t want him found,” Chapman said. Chapman spent about two weeks in Florida looking for Laundrie before it was revealed that he needed to return to Colorado to take care of some business and receive treatment for an ankle injury. On Wednesday, however, he was spotted in Florida, knocking on the door of Laundrie’s sister Cassie’s home. Chapman only spoke to the cameras following him because no one answered the door, so he told them he believes Cassie knows something about Laundrie’s whereabouts. Chapman said he wanted to find Laundrie as soon as possible so he could continue his honeymoon with his new wife, Francie Frane, in a new interview with The Sun on Thursday. Laundrie went missing while they were on their honeymoon in Florida. “One of the last reasons I want to catch him is to keep my honeymoon going,” Chapman told The Sun. “I hope that doesn’t come across as disrespectful to anyone involved in this case; it’s terrible, but that’s where we’re at right now, on our honeymoon.” ”
Chapman has been accused of profiting from his search, particularly after reports surfaced that he pitched a show about it to networks. The idea was reportedly “immediately passed” by A&E, which aired Dog the Bounty Hunter. CMT, which aired Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, is said to have rejected the idea before even hearing Chapman’s pitch. Petito disappeared in late August, and her parents reported her missing on September 11th. On September, Laundry returned to Florida. 1 if Petito isn’t present. Her remains were discovered in a Wyoming national park. The Teton County Coroner’s Office confirmed earlier this week that Petito died as a result of strangulation. Her death was ruled a homicide as well. Laundrie is wanted for debit card fraud and has a federal warrant out for his arrest.