Daughter of bounty hunter 'Dog' Chapman died when stolen vehicle rolled
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The daughter of a cable television reality show star, died when the stolen SUV she was in rolled and crashed into some trees, authorities said.
Barbara Katy Chapman, daughter of Duane "Dog" Chapman, was killed along with the car's driver, Scott Standefer II, in the accident Friday night, Alaska State Troopers said.
The couple, both 23 and from North Pole, tried using a stolen credit card to rent a room Friday at a resort about 50 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Trooper Jeremy Stone said.
"There is no clue as to why they left the roadway," Stone said. "There are absolutely no skid marks on the road. They just went off the road, hit an embankment and launched."
Troopers suspect drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash, spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Monday. Toxicology tests were scheduled on the bodies, which were transferred to Anchorage for autopsies.
"(Barbara) had gotten herself into a terrible mess," Lyssa Chapman said of her daughter.
"She was trying as hard as she could to put her life back together," she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The accident occurred a day before her father, star of A&E's reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter," married his longtime partner, Beth Smith, in Hawaii.
He gathered with his 10 surviving children -- two of whom he had with Smith -- and discussed whether to proceed with the wedding. They unanimously decided to celebrate both the wedding and Barbara's life.
Barbara Chapman, who had not been expected to attend the wedding, is survived by her mother and her 4-year-old son, Travis Drake-Lee Chapman.
Reaction to "Baby Lyssa's" death
It is so sad to lose Baby Lyssa and her friend. On the show, Dog the Bounty Hunter, she seemed helpful, fun loving, and rather sweet. But you never know what is really going on in someone's life. Unfortunately, there appear to have been some killer elements in play here: breaking the law, abusing drugs, driving, gta, and so forth. Without judging either of them, for I don't pretend to know their inner hearts, I would say those are some dangerous markers.
Life can be hard whether you are doing wrong or not. I had a 3rd cousin, Mary Lee, who was killed in a tragic car crash while on their honeymoon trip to go visit some pastor/friends up north. They both died. One of them was decapitated (just like Mariska Hargitay's mom, Jayne Mansfield), the other was cut in two.
God bless the Dog and his posse. Who knows, maybe Baby Lyssa was taken when she was ready to go = right with God. Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That can happen, too.
Rev. Dennis C. Miller
To the entire Chapman Family
Dog, my buddy and brother,
I know there are lots of pastors and ministers who can help over there in Hawaii, but I want to make you an offer. I have known lots of high end people, so it does not bother me to reach out to them. I acted in Hollywood for a number of years and I am also a Gospel Musician. I know lots of prominent people.
I am willing to come with my wife, Barbera, also an ordained minister, to spend a few days with you all, praying with you and just loving on you all. If that makes sense, pray on it, and if you get a go, just tell us when, Okay?
We can work out arrangements then.
Rev. Dennis C. Miller