EXCLUSIVE: Honeymoon from hell! Dog the Bounty Hunter and new wife Francie Frane enjoyed a romantic getaway at a luxury beach resort on Marco Island before cutting their trip short to search for fugitive Brian Laundrie
- Dog the Bounty Hunter had been enjoying his honeymoon with new wife Francie Frane on Marco Island, Florida when he suddenly decided to join the search for fugitive Brian Laundrie
- The reality star, 68, launched his own manhunt for the 23-year-old person of interest last month days after he disappeared following Gabby Petito’s death
- But just days before embarking on the quest, the newly weds had been celebrating their marriage at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort near Naples, DailyMail.com can reveal
- The happy couple spent a few days sipping mocktails, jet skiing, and taking romantic strolls on the beach before cutting their vacation short to embark on the search
- DailyMail.com last month revealed the pair had tied the knot at a intimate ceremony with 100 of the couple’s closest friends and family at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs
- Beth Chapman died in 2019 following a battle with throat cancer. At the time, Dog vowed never to remarry but says it all changed when he met Francie
Days before joining the dramatic search through dense Florida woodland for fugitive Brian Laundrie, Dog the Bounty Hunter and new wife Francie Frane were sipping mocktails poolside and basking in the sun at a luxury beach resort.
The reality star, 68, celebrated his sixth marriage with a romantic honeymoon getaway at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort near Naples last month, just a few weeks after secretly tying the knot in his native Colorado.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show the happy couple enjoying a wild ride on a jet ski before indulging in some refreshing drinks by the pool and a scenic stroll along the beach to catch a romantic sunset.
But the newlyweds’ idyllic vacation ended up getting cut short on September 25, when Dog decided to join in on the Florida manhunt for Laundrie, the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death.
Newly weds: Dog the Bounty Hunter and new wife Francie Frane enjoyed their honeymoon at a luxury beach resort in Marco Island, Florida weeks after tying the knot in Colorado
DailyMail.com has obtained exclusive photos of the couple basking in the sun and enjoying fruity cocktails on their private balcony at the JW Marriott on September 24, before embarking on the ongoing hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie
Dog, real name Duane Chapman, surprised fans early last year when he announced his engagement to sixth wife Francie Frane, less than 12 months after the death of his wife Beth Chapman
The happy couple were the picture of love as they took a long romantic stroll on the beach to celebrate their nuptials
Dog and new wife Francie Frane were seen arriving at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County on September 28 after it emerged that 23-year-old Laundrie (right) had gone camping there with his parents five days before his fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing
About 100 miles north from where the couple was honeymooning, authorities had announced they were combing through a nature reserve near North Port, Florida where Laundrie was reportedly last seen on September 14.
Dog would receive over 1,000 tips from the public about Laundrie’s potential whereabouts, including the revelation that he had gone camping at a nearby Florida park with his parents just days before he disappeared.
For the bounty hunter, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time, so he decided to put his own expertise to use and launch his own search for the wanted 23-year-old.
‘Brian went missing in the area where we were honeymooning, and I knew my skills would be useful,’ he told the Enquirer. ‘An innocent girl has turned up dead, and Brian appears to be the only person who can explain it.’
Since then, Dog, real name Duane Chapman, has been zeroing in on a Florida campsite in Fort De Soto Park, where Laundrie and his parents were revealed to have traveled days after Brian returned home without girlfriend Gabby.
The former bail bondsman has also had the support of his new bride, 52, who he described as being ‘invaluable’ and ‘so understanding’ during the search.
We were supposed to be taking it easy, but when something like this calls I can’t let it go,’ he said.
The happy couple, who are based in Colorado, made the most out of their getaway by taking a wild ride on a wave runner, drinking mocktails, and sunbathing on the sand
The pair’s whirlwind wedding and honeymoon vacation was ultimately cut short when Dog dramatically joined the hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie in Fort De Soto, Florida late last month
Dog, who lost his wife Beth to cancer in 2019, initially vowed that he would never remarry but had a change of heart after meeting Francie
The reality star, 68, said his bride has been ‘invaluable’ in his manhunt for Brian Laundrie which comes on the heels of their wedding and honeymoon
DailyMail.com last month exclusively revealed that Chapman married for the sixth time with Frane in an inmate wedding ceremony at The Pinery at The Hill, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 2.
Dog, 68, wore a black tuxedo but kept his trademark shades on, while Francie, 52, wore a billowing white dress paired with custom crystal-encrusted sneakers.
Three of his sons were in attendance. Jon, Leland, and Garry Boy Chapman all escorted their father down the aisle.
The couple exchanged vows in front of minister Katie Souza and 100 of the couple’s closest friends and family at the Tuscan-style estate with breathtaking Rocky Mountain views.
Choking back tears, Dog said: ‘This was a match made in heaven. Francie, I give you my word, I will love you every day until I die.
‘I will love you, guard you and protect you. I love you more than I do myself, Francie. I will love you more than any man ever has.’
‘What I thought was the end was just the very beginning,’ Francie responded. ‘We have walked alongside each other through one of the hardest things we could ever face in this life and through that we’ve found an incredible friendship and inner strength we didn’t know we have.
Dog, whose dramatic manhunts for fugitives have been documented on the his hit A&E reality series, couldn’t help but take part in the search for Laundrie after learning he had disappeared days after Gabby Petito’s body was found
Dog and Francie enjoy a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset during their honeymoon on September 24
DailyMail.com last month exclusively revealed that Chapman had secretly tied the knot for the sixth time with Frane in an inmate wedding ceremony a luxury resort in Colorado on September 2
Chapman has given himself a six-week deadline to find the fugitive – ahead of Brian’s 24th birthday in November
Dog announced he was launching his own manhunt for Laundrie days after Petito’s body was discovered. He posted footage of himself wading through the Fort De Soto Park looking for him
‘I will walk alongside you to the ends of the earth and back and be your loyal wife, your best friend and your biggest fan.’
But it wasn’t all emotional vows, first dances, and wedding cake. The former bails bondsman was forced to beef up security with Navy SEALs and German Shepherds after an anonymous person threatened to throw paint on his bridge’s wedding gown.
One guest claimed their car tires had been slashed with razor blades and another said vandals left a ‘mysterious pungent odor’ in their car.
Many guests suspected it had something to do with the family rift between Dog and his two daughters, Cecily, 28, and Bonnie, 22, who weren’t invited to the wedding after accusing their father of making racist remarks and cheating on his late wife Beth, who died of throat cancer in 2019. The two had been married for 13 years.
Dog and Frane, who also lost her spouse in 2018, reportedly met six months after Beth’s death and their bond grew through their shared grief. The couple became engaged in May 2020.
Dog’s daughter Bonnie claimed that her involvement with Black Lives Matter fractured their relationship.
She took to Facebook to blast her father in a lengthy statement where she accused him of racism, homophobia, and cheating on his late wife ‘all the time,’ even when she was ‘sick in the hospital.’
The TV personality, 68, and Francie, 52, tied the knot at The Pinery At The Hill, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado early last month
During their emotional vows, the couple professed their love and commitment to one another. Despite the hiccups, the couple exchanged heartfelt vows in front of minister Katie Souza and their guests at The Pinery At The Hill, a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado
In the post she also brandished him as having ‘racist ways,’ said he sat idly by when her life was ‘threatened on several occasions by QAnon wackos,’ and said she felt inclined to speak out to honor her mom’s legacy as she would have not ‘stand for this.’
Bonnie also claimed Francie traveled on a plane ‘knowing’ she was infected with COVID-19 and attended events as she wrote: ‘She didn’t seem to care about the thousands of people she could have infected.’
Beth Chapman died at 51 in May 2019. Dog had vowed never to remarry, but was struck by cupid when he met Francie
‘If my dad and his new wife want to travel to right-wing churches attacking gay people and advancing QAnon theories, he can certainly do that, but I’m going to stand by the memory and legacy of my mom, Beth Chapman. Her memory, and the values she stood for, are worth fighting to advance,’ it read.
A representative for Dog denied Beth’s allegations in a statement obtained by E! saying: ‘Bonnie’s allegations are false and a misguided attempt to derail our wedding.’
Last year Dog an Francie opened up to DailyMailTV in an exclusive interview, where he gushed about how cupid shot him when he least expected it and how both of them connected by sharing the pain of being widowed.
‘We didn’t expect it,’ Dog said.
‘It was God for sure,’ Francie added.
Dog initially vowed that he would never remarry after losing the love of his life in 2019.
When asked what changed for Dog, he said: ‘Well, Francie is a Christian and unless you marry you can’t uh….’ he drifted off, as Francie nudged him and said ‘be nice’.
‘What changed was I had no idea I was going to meet someone like Francie because a rancher was not in my black book,’ Dog said.
‘And when I did, she put down some rules – like you must go to church, you gotta start eating grass and weeds, and you got to quit smoking, and you got to quit using the A-word every other sentence. And you just gotta get your heart rate because maybe someday you’ll be gone.’
The couple’s blinged-out wedding bands are pictured. ‘I will walk alongside you to the ends of the earth and back and be your loyal wife, your best friend and your biggest fan,’ Francie said in her vows
Three of Dog’s son were in attendance. Jon, Leland and Garry Boy Chapman all escorted their father down the aisle
Many guests suspected it has something to do with the family rift between Dog and his two daughters, Cecily, 28, (left) and Bonnie, 22, (right) who weren’t invited to the wedding
Dog said his late wife Beth is up in heaven laughing at all of those restrictions.
Francie said he’s checked off all of her requirements and he wears a couple of nicotine patches. He said he’s gone down from three packs a day to just one.
Francie said she feels she has her late husband Bob’s blessing from above.
‘Bob and I had a lot of conversations before he went about moving on and what that looked like and what he wanted,’ Francie said. ‘I didn’t know who Duane [Dog] was when I met him. I actually think Bob is in heaven laughing that it’s Dog The Bounty Hunter that God brought into my life.’
‘I think Bob would be very happy about where I’m at and who Duane is in my life and how we’ve been walking alongside each other.’
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