A 59-year-old man traveling to the New York Post spotted Brian Laundrie on Saturday morning.
Dennis Davis was walking along the Appalachian Trail when the man he now believes to be Laundrie was lifted.
He said the man, who was driving a truck, was worried and asked for directions back to California.
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A man said he saw Brian Laundrie Saturday morning near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, The New York Post reported.
Dennis Davis, 53, told the Post that he was currently on the Appalachian route and that a man in a car got up next to him to ask for directions on Waterville Road near the North Carolina-Tennessee border.
Davis, an engineer from Florida, said “there is no doubt” that the man is Laundrie, the person interested in the story that led to the murder of Gabby Petito.
Authorities have been searching for Laundrie since her parents told her she had disappeared from their home in North Port, Florida, on September 17, days before Petito’s body was found near Great Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Laundrie has been living with her parents since September 1, when she returned alone from the street where she was with Petito, his girlfriend. Petito’s family pronounced him dead on September 11.
“No doubt in my mind I talked to Brian Laundrie – nothing or nothing,” Davis told the Post. “Dog Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me a voice file of Brian’s voice and this voice is what I heard.”
Davis said the man in the car said he was “lost” and that he and his girlfriend had a fight and were now traveling to California to see him. Davis said he did not know the man and only after the affair did he believe it was Laundrie.
“He was nervous and incomprehensible,” Davis told the Post, adding that he provided transportation but the man wanted to avoid a large area by sticking to the back roads. David said the man was driving a white car and was wearing a black belt.
Davis also said he had met with authorities about the crackdown but did not hear from the FBI or police.
The FBI did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Police in North Carolina said they received a tip-off that Laundrie may be hiding on the Appalachian Trail, where she allegedly spent time walking down the street. Accordingly, the Watauga County Sheriff told WSOC-TV China there is no reason to believe Laundrie is in the mountains of North Carolina.
The dog that Bounty Hunter, whose real name is Duane Chapman, went in search of Laundrie last week and said he was following the trail and searching for Laundrie near the Appalachian Trail.
Meanwhile, authorities continued to search for Laundrie in Florida this week.
Expectations to see Laundrie have also been reported in other parts of the world, although no one has been publicly read. The FBI is urging members of the public to contact them for advice at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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