A hiker says he's confident he saw Brian Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail, NY Post reports

Brian Laundrie speaking to the Moab City Police Department in Utah on August 12, 2021. Moab City Police Department
According to the New York Post, a 53-year old hiker said he saw Brian Laundrie Saturday morning.

Dennis Davis was on the Appalachian Trail hiking when a man that he believes to be Laundrie came up.

He stated that the man driving a truck was concerned and asked for backroad directions to California.

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According to the New York Post, a man claimed that he saw Brian Laundrie Saturday morning at the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.

Dennis Davis, 53 years old, said to the Post that he is currently hiking on the Appalachian Trail. A man in a car pulled up beside him to ask directions to Waterville Road, which is near the border of North Carolina/Tennessee.

Davis, a Florida engineer, stated that he had "no doubt" that the man was Laundrie. He is a person of interest in Gabby Petito’s murder.

Authorities are searching for Laundrie ever since his parents reported him missing in North Port, Florida on September 17, the day before Petito's body was discovered near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

Laundrie was staying with his parents from September 1st, when he returned to his solo road trip with Petito, his girlfriend. Petito's family reported Petito missing on September 11.

Davis stated to the Post that there is no doubt in his mind that he spoke with Brian Laundrie. "Dog The Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio of Brian's voice, and it was exactly the same voice I heard."

Davis stated that the man driving the vehicle claimed he was lost and that he and a girlfriend had been in a fight. He was now traveling to California to visit her. Davis stated that he didn't recognize the man immediately and that he only realized it was Laundrie after the interaction.

Davis said that Davis was concerned and didn't make sense. He also stated that he gave directions, but that the man wanted to avoid traffic and use back roads. David stated that the man was wearing a dark bandana and driving a pickup truck of light color.

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Davis stated that he also contacted authorities regarding the interaction, but has not received a response from either the FBI nor the police.

Insider requested comment from the FBI but they did not respond immediately.

North Carolina police received tips that Laundrie might be hiding on the Appalachian Trail. He is believed to have been a hiker in the past. The Watauga County Sheriff said Thursday that there was no reason to believe Laundrie is located in North Carolina's mountains.

Dog the Bounty Hunter (real name Duane Chapman) joined the search for Laundrie last Wednesday. He said he was following leads to find Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail.

Authorities continued searching for Laundrie in Florida during this week's interim.

Other possible sightings of Laundrie were also reported in other parts the country, but none have been verified publicly. The FBI encourages the public to call 1-800-CALL-FBI with any tips.

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