“I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to share some BIG news with you guys,” the deleted Tweet read. “Having to stay tight-lipped for now… trust the process.”
On Sunday, Lyssa Chapman tweeted that she had been temporarily locked out of her account, and explained that she had deleted the “big news” post after being told not to share “active information” in the search for Brian Laundrie.
Lyssa Chapman did not say who instructed her to keep silent. She also added that her father would put his search on hold as he travels to his Colorado home this week.
“Dad is headed back to Colorado temporarily to handle some business. (Remember, he was in Florida on his honeymoon),” she wrote. “We are still actively searching for #BrianLaundrie, leaving a team in place in Florida. As always, whatever I can share with you, I will.”
According to local reporters, the 68-year-old reality TV star injured his ankle in the Florida search, and is returning home to see his doctor. He is also apparently raising funds from the public to keep his investigation alive.
Lyssa Chapman, 34, reportedly joined her father’s search for the wanted boyfriend of Gabby Petito in late September, announcing in an Instagram post that she was collecting and evaluating tips from the public at the a “command center [in] Hawaii.” The team has since said that it’s received some 3,000 tips.
Dog the Bounty Hunter and his involvement in the Laundrie manhunt has become something of a bizarre footnote in the Gabby Petito saga. Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, first waded into the case in late September after authorities discovered Petito’s remains at Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Since then, the reality TV star’s highly publicized search for Brian Laundrie in Florida has been an ongoing spectacle. In videos posted on social media, Dog has been seen wading through a swamp, picking up an empty soda can in a field, and knocking on the door of the Laundrie family home.
Most recently, Dog suggested that Brian Laundrie “could be a serial killer” after discovering the 23-year-old had owned and read Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk a 2002 horror-satire novel.
Dog has continued to assert that he is uncovering evidence relevant to the nationwide manhunt and submitting his findings to the FBI, but federal investigators have not commented on the TV personality’s independent search or its efficacy.
Last week, Cecily Chapman — another of Dog’s daughters and Lyssa Chapman’s step-sister — publicly slammed her adopted father’s hunt for Brian Laundrie, accusing him of leveraging the high-profile Petito case in order to launch a new TV show.
“It’s just a publicity stunt. That’s really what it is,” she told The Sun. “He needs to back off and let the FBI handle it,” adding that his social media videos “look totally staged.”
At that time, Lyssa Chapman doubled down on her support for Dog’s search.
Dog’s target, 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, was last seen leaving his parent’s Florida home in September after returning from a road trip without his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. After the discovery of Petito’s remains, Federal authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, claiming that Laundrie used someone else’s debit card without authorization sometime after Gabby’s death.
Whatever “big news” Lyssa Chapman referred to has still not come to light, more than 48 hours after she initially teased it. Whether there has been a break in the case, or whether its another “publicity stunt,” remains to be seen.