MANSFIELD, Ohio — A dog is on the way to Ohio to search for elusive fugitive Shawn Christy, according to published reports.
But it’s not what you think.
Former reality TV star Duane “Dog” Chapman, known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, told the Mansfield News Journal on Wednesday that he’s been retained by a friend of the Christy family whom he cannot identify.
“I have a very hot lead,” Chapman told the News Journal.
Christy has been indicted for threatening President Trump, law enforcement and a district attorney over social media.
The three-month search for the McAdoo man once again shifted out of state after authorities believe he crashed a stolen truck on Interstate 71 near Mansfield just before 5 p.m. Sunday.
The truck had been reported stolen from Skitco Iron Works, between Hazleton and McAdoo, early Sunday.
Christy, 26, was suspected of stealing the vehicle because he allegedly burglarized the same business sometime Sept. 4 or Sept. 5, taking money, food and a shotgun.
As for Chapman, he just so happened to be scheduled to speak in Mansfield on Sept. 28 to talk about addiction and recovery.
The bounty hunter says he will arrive in Mansfield on Sept. 27, but he’s already done some work on the Christy case.
“I have delivered messages to him,” said Chapman without elaborating. “My goal is not to shoot him but get him to surrender.”
There is a $20,000 reward being offered for information leading to Christy’s capture.
After the Ohio truck crash, a passer-by reported the driver fled the scene.
In the days that have followed, U.S. Marshals and police heavily searched the area.
In fact, U.S. Marshal Brian Fitzgibbon said a team of 78 law enforcement officials were looking for Christy this week.
Marshals started their hunt back in mid-June but Christy has managed to stay one step ahead. His father said in an interview that his son was fascinated with being a survivalist from an early age, and he built his first “debris hut” when he was just 10.
Since late July, authorities believe Christy has been in West Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland before heading back to an area of Pennsylvania near his parents’ home in Schuylkill County.