A hiker says that he has “no doubt” that he encountered Brian Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail.
A Florida engineer swears that he spoke with Brian Laundrie on a deserted road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 2!
Dennis Davis’ alleged encounter with the boyfriend of slain Long Island native Gabby Petito comes as police receive tips that Laundrie may be traversing the trail, the world’s longest footpath.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis, 53, said.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice, and the voice was the same I heard.”
A lost and dazed man allegedly waved down Davis on Waterville Road, where the Appalachian Trail runs nearby the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Appalachians is understood to be an area familiar to Laundrie, who was previously reported to have once lived there “by himself for months.”
The man believed to be Laundrie pulled his car up alongside Davis to ask for directions to California using only back roads and refused Davis’ suggestion to take nearby Interstate 40.
Davis, a father of four currently hiking the Appalachian Trail, said the Laundrie look-alike acted skittishly and rambled about being in a fight with his girlfriend.
Davis said he believes if the man was Laundrie, he was “wigged out” from being on the run and the situation with Petito.
“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.”
At the time of the bizarre encounter, Davis did not immediately recognize the man as the fugitive Laundrie until he pulled over and looked up photos of the outlaw on his phone. The man Davis sighted drove a white or light-colored pickup truck resembling a Ford F-150 and wore a dark bandana on his head.
Davis is frustrated that his three calls to the FBI and 911 in both North Carolina and Tennessee have not been returned by law enforcement.
Despite the road being dark, Davis said the headlights from both idle cars were sufficient to see the man at such close range, and he is now 100% sure that the man he saw was indeed Laundrie.
“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.”
Laundrie remains the sole person of interest in the case. He went missing on Sept. 14, according to his parents, who only reported it to police three days later.
There is an active warrant for his arrest on fraud charges for using someone’s bank card around the time Petito disappeared.
“We have this lead, but no one’s doing anything, not even a phone call, Davis said.”