December 1, 2021

Tipster joins others claiming to have spotted fugitive Brian Laundrie in North Carolina

As the manhunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie continues, Fox News reports that yet another would-be tipster in North Carolina contacted law enforcement this week to report a possible sighting of the late Gabby Petito’s boyfriend, who is also a person of interest in her killing, bolstering hopes that one such lead will ultimately result in his apprehension.

According to the outlet, early on Wednesday evening, a caller in North Carolina informed police of a possible spotting of the elusive Laundry, with a dispatcher describing the information via scanner by saying, “White male subject wearing a light gray T-shirt … walking toward 301 … advised that he looked like Brian Laundrie.”

Unfortunately, this tip did not bring authorities any closer to finding Laundrie, as it was deemed a false alarm by police Cpl. Ricky Jackson, who said, “There was a citizen passerby that spotted an individual that matched the description of Brian Laundrie. Officers went to the area, located the individual that they were referring to, and we can positively identify that individual was not Brian Laundrie.”

Wednesday’s incident was just the latest in a number of recent leads provided by individuals convinced that they spotted Laundrie in North Carolina and elsewhere, including one offered by hiker Dennis Davis, who claimed to have seen the wanted man back on Oct. 2 near the Appalachian Trail at the boundary dividing Tennessee and North Carolina, an area with which Laundrie is known to have become familiar back in 2018.

The Haywood County, North Carolina sheriff confirmed that multiple reports of Brian Laundrie sightings have been received in recent days, and though they have all been thoroughly probed, none have led to his discovery.

Laundrie reportedly disappeared from his family’s home in North Port, Florida on Sept. 13, but was not reported missing by his parents until days later, and now that he is wanted on debit card fraud charges and is a subject of interest in the Petito murder, searches for him have been ongoing and have included areas within the Carlton Reserve, an area in the state known for massive expanses of swamps and woodlands.

Earlier this week in Wyoming, Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue announced additional information from Petito’s autopsy, revealing that the young woman died of strangulation near a camp site close to the Grand Teton National Park, where she and Laundrie are thought to have been traveling at the time, as the Associated Press noted.

Speculation remains rampant about Laundrie’s possible location, and former America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh opined this week that the fugitive could perhaps have made his way to Mexico with the assistance of his parents, who he believes are “actively aiding and abetting his escape.”

While none of the information given to law enforcement agencies thus far has brought Laundrie into custody, it is encouraging that the public remains on high alert and appears eager to help bring Ms. Petito’s grieving family members the kind of justice and closure they deserve.

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