October 23, 2021

Appalachian trail hiker says he has ‘no doubt’ he encountered missing Brian Laundrie on Saturday

A Florida man is positive that he spoke with the fugitive Laundrie on a deserted road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina on Saturday morning, according to The New York Post.

Laundrie is the sole person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, whose body was found in Wyoming after she disappeared during a van trip the pair embarked on in early September. 

Dennis Davis, an engineer from the Sunshine, claims he interacted with Laundrie, saying he may be on the world’s longest footpath near where he claims to have seen the young man. 

“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” said Davis, 53.“Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.”

According to Davis the man he interacted with was lost and dazed and alleged waved him down on Waterville Road, where the Appalachian Trail runs near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

The man that Davis believes to be Petito’s fugitive boyfriend pulled up alongside Davis and was reportedly asking for directions to California using only back roads:

“He said, ‘Man, I’m lost.’ I said, ‘What are you trying to find?’ and he said, ‘Me and my girlfriend got in a fight but she called me, told me she loves me, and I have to get to California to see her.’ I said, ‘Well, I-40 is right there and you could take it west to California’ and he said, ‘I’m just going to take this road into California.’ He was worried and not making sense.”

Davis, a father of 4, said that he didn’t immediately recognize the man he now believes was Laundrie, but he pulled over after reflecting on the situation and looked up a photo. He said that the man he spoke with acted skittish drove a light-colored pickup truck resembling a Ford F-150 and wore a dark bandanna on his head.

“Obviously, as a father with a daughter, I want to do whatever I can to help the family find closure and get this guy off the streets,” he said.“Law enforcement is probably getting millions of leads on this guy, but I am not some goofball out there doing drugs in the middle of the night, I am a highly educated professional. And I know that was the guy. There is no doubt about it.”

The trail where Davis claims to have met Laundrie is an area that is known to the fugitive. 

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