A hiker says he is assured he noticed Brian Laundrie close to the Appalachian Path



A Utah police officer's bodycam view of Brian Laundrie in the drivers' seat of a van. Laundrie is looking up at the officer.
Brian Laundrie speaking to Moab Metropolis Police Division, Utah, on August 12 2021. Moab Metropolis Police Division
  • A 53-year-old hiker instructed the New York Submit he noticed Brian Laundrie on Saturday morning.
  • Dennis Davis was climbing the Appalachian Path when a person he now believes to be Laundrie pulled up.
  • He stated the person, driving a truck, was frightened and asking for backroad instructions to California.
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A person stated he noticed Brian Laundrie on Saturday morning close to the Appalachian Path in North Carolina, the New York Post reported.

Dennis Davis, 53, instructed the Submit he’s at present climbing the Appalachian Path and {that a} man in a car pulled up subsequent to him to ask for instructions on Waterville Highway close to the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Davis, an engineer from Florida, stated he has “little question” the person was Laundrie, an individual of curiosity within the case surrounding Gabby Petito’s homicide.

Authorities have been trying to find Laundrie since his mother and father reported him lacking from their residence in North Port, Florida, on September 17, days earlier than Petito’s body was found close to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming.

Laundrie had been staying together with his mother and father since September 1, when he returned alone from the road trip he was on with Petito, his girlfriend. Petito’s household reported her lacking on September 11.

“There isn’t any doubt in my thoughts I spoke to Brian Laundrie – none in anyway,” Davis instructed the Submit. “Canine the Bounty Hunter’s daughter despatched me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the identical I heard.”

Davis stated the person within the car claimed he was “misplaced” and that he and his girlfriend had gotten in a struggle and now he was touring to California to see her. Davis stated he didn’t instantly acknowledge the person and solely after the interplay did he come to consider it was Laundrie.

“He was frightened and never making sense,” Davis instructed the Submit, including that he offered instructions however that the person wished to keep away from the primary interstate and stick with again roads. David stated the person was driving a light-colored pickup truck and carrying a darkish bandana.

Davis additionally stated he contacted authorities concerning the interplay however has not heard again from the FBI or police.

The FBI didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.

Police in North Carolina stated they acquired suggestions claiming Laundrie could possibly be hiding on the Appalachian Path, the place he’s stated to have frolicked climbing up to now. Nevertheless, the Watauga County Sheriff instructed WSOC-TV Thursday there is no such thing as a cause to consider Laundrie is within the mountains of North Carolina.

Dog the Bounty Hunter, whose actual title is Duane Chapman, joined the seek for Laundrie final week and stated he was following leads and searching for Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail.

In the meantime, authorities continued to search for Laundrie in Florida this week.

Possible sightings of Laundrie have additionally been reported in different components of the nation, although none have been publicly verified. The FBI is encouraging the general public to contact them with suggestions at 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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