Dog the Bounty Hunter reportedly setting up base in central Florida
Dog the Bounty Hunter is marking his territory.
The reality TV star, whose real name is Duane Chapman, will open a home base in Central Florida Wednesday to help sniff out fugitive Brian Laundrie, who is sought for questioning in Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.
Chapman was on Marco Island Tuesday sifting through tips while planning his next move and new headquarters, a source close to the high-profile manhunter told The Post.
“He’s trying to decide the next best lead to track,” the source said. “They are returning hundreds of calls and planning.”
Chapman interrupted his honeymoon with his new wife, Francie Frane, on Saturday to jump into the search for Laundrie, 23.
Laundrie and Petito, 22, were on a cross-country trip when the Blue Point native vanished last month — and was later found dead at a remote Wyoming campground.
Laundrie returned home without her and was named a person of interest in the case, but has since fled and is now the subject of a massive FBI manhunt.
Authorities have been scouring a swampy 25,000-acre reserve near Laundrie’s parents’ home in North Port but have come up dry after nearly two weeks.
But Chapman said Monday that he has a lead on Laundrie that puts him miles away at the Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, where he said Laundrie and his parents were seen as recently as Sept. 8.
A spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told The Post Tuesday that they have not been called on to join the search and said choppers seen over the park are routine daily fly-overs of the wooded recreation area.
Laundrie has not been charged in Petito’s death. But he was indicted last week for allegedly using someone else’s bank card in the early days of Petito’s disappearance.