Gabby Petito Case: Hiker Who Has ‘No Doubt’ He Met Brian Laundrie on Trail to Talk With FBI

by Keeli Parkey

The search for Brian Laundrie is still going after several weeks. The search for him surrounds the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito. She was only 22 years old at the time of her death.

The search for the 23-year-old Laundrie has mainly been focused on his home state of Florida. However, a hiker on the Appalachian Trail has recently come forward and shared that he spoke with Laundrie in a different state.

And, according to The New York Post, this hiker will be speaking with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The hiker is 53-year-old Dennis Davis. He was scheduled to speak with FBI agents in North Carolina today (Wednesday, Oct. 6).

After he said he met Gabby Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie, Davis reportedly called 911 and said he felt “99.99 percent sure” that the man he talked to was Laundrie. Davis made the call on Saturday, Oct. 2. The location of his reported sighting was on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee.

In a recording of the call with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, the hiker described the man he believes to be by Laundrie as “acting funny” and “talking wild.”

“I’ll meet somebody out there if they want to. I’m telling you, it was him,” Dennis Davis also said.

The call Davis made was not returned by North Carolina authorities at first. By Monday, Oct. 4, however, Davis reported that the North Carolina sheriff’s department did get in touch with him. At that time, he was told that a deputy was sent to where he said he saw Brian Laundrie. The deputy went there approximately 12 hours after Davis called.

North Carolina Sheriff’s Department Issued Statement About Reported Sighting of Brian Laundrie as Part of Gabby Petito Case

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Department has publically said that the report about seeing Laundrie by Dennis Davis is not the only one they have received. The department also said they look into every call.

The statement shared on Monday said the office “received a number of calls regarding the sighting of Brian Laundrie over the past several days, each one being investigated thoroughly and areas of concern searched, but all to no avail.”

Laundrie has not been charged in connection with Gabby Petito’s death. He is wanted on fraud charges. He is accused of using another person’s bank card. Laundrie allegedly did so around the time that Petito went missing.

The body of Long Island native Gabby Petito was found on Sept. 19 in Wyoming. Days later, an autopsy ruled that her death was the result of homicide. Her family had reported her missing on Sept. 11 after not hearing from her for many days. The last time she was seen alive was in late August. Laundrie returned to his Florida residence on Sept. 1. He has not been seen since around Sept. 14.