KEY POINTS

  • TV host John Walsh said Laundrie could be hiding along the Appalachian Trail
  • He also claimed it is possible he has escaped to Mexico or the Bahamas
  • On Thursday, reports surfaced search for Laundrie intensified at the Carlton Reserve

Just as police activity resumed at the Carlton Reserve entrance in search of Brian Laundrie, his family attorney slammed "America’s Most Wanted" creator John Walsh for saying Gabby Petito's ex-fiance might be getting help from his family to hide.  

Walsh had also claimed in the "Gabby Petito: ID Special Report" the 23-year-old may have taken advantage of the chaos at the southern border to cross in the opposite direction into Mexico. Walsh speculated he could be in the Bahamas or hiding out along the Appalachian Trail.

"I absolutely believe that his family is helping him stay on the run," Walsh said, according to Yahoo News.

In response to the claims, Steve Bertolino snapped back at Walsh as well as at reality television personality Duane Chapman – also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, WFLA reported.

"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," Bertolino reportedly said. 

Meanwhile, Walsh also spoke out through a spokesperson, saying he had no comments to make regarding the lawyer’s attack. Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has been searching for Laundrie for the last three weeks, however, issued a response.

"It’s ironic that Mr. Bertolino would criticize the people trying to find Brian Laundrie, unless perhaps he doesn’t want him to be found," he said.

Despite an ongoing search for the last four weeks, the whereabouts of Laundrie has remained unknown. On Thursday, the search intensified with two K9 human remains detection units (HRD) and a K9 trainer from the force arriving, along with the North Port Police Department, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and FBI at the Carlton Reserve.

Petito’s body was found on Sept. 19 at a national park in Wyoming, at least three weeks after the coroner estimated she was killed. The coroner Tuesday ruled the cause of her death to be strangulation. A warrant was issued against Laundrie for illegally using Petito's credit card to make a purchase or withdraw $1,000 between Aug. 30 and Sept.1. Laundrie arrived at his parents’ house alone on Sept. 1, according to authorities, but no one in his family reported Petito missing.

gabby petito A makeshift memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito is located near City Hall on Sept. 20, 2021 in North Port, Florida. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images