Gabby Petito Case: Police Investigate Possible Brian Laundrie Sighting in Newnan, Georgia

by Samantha Whidden

On Sunday (October 3rd), law enforcement officials announced they are officially shooting down the reports of a possible sighing of Gabby Petito’s missing fiance, Brian Laundrie, in Newnan, Georgia. 

Newnan Police Department Chief, Brent Blankenship revealed to Fox News that he and his department have not had an official sighting of Gabby Petito’s fiance within the City of Newnan. 

The reported sighting in Newnan, Georgia comes just hours after a Florida man claims he saw Gabby Petito’s fiance driving in a white pick-up truck in Tennessee near the North Carolina border. Dennis Davis, the man who allegedly had an encounter with Laundrie, told Fox News there is no doubt about him seeing the missing 23-year-old man. 

“That was Brian Laundrie I was just talking to,” Davis said. “100%. Not a doubt in my mind.”

Davis then recalled pulling up alongside the white truck and having a discussion with who he believes is Gabby Petito’s missing fiance. “I could tell right away that something wasn’t right with him.”

Davis then said he immediately thought the driver was just on drugs. But after thinking about it, he said the driver looked “mentally shot” but didn’t “look dirty” at all. The driver revealed to Davis that he and his girlfriend had a fight. “[He said] man, I love her. And she called me. And I need to go out to California to find her.” 

Davis told the driver to take 1-40 West. The driver decided he would rather stay on Waterville Road by the Pigeon River. “He said, ‘No, I think this road that we’re on – I’m going to take it to California.’”

David called the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina and shared his experience. The sheriff’s office reported it has received about 10 more sightings and calls between Saturday and Sunday. 

Gabby Petito’s Friends & Family Launch a Foundation in Her Honor

Meanwhile, friends and family of Gabby Petito have officially launched the Gabby Petito Foundation. The Foundation’s Twitter went live on Sunday with a tweet that read, “The Gabby Petito Foundation is up and running! We have a lot of work to do, website is just starting out so be patient with us, we will get there.  Thank you for all the support and love! ‘She touched the world.’”

As previously reported, Joseph Petito, the father of Gabby Petito, stated the Foundation is dedicated to helping other families find their missing loved ones. “Everyone deserves the same type of awareness,” Joseph stated. He also said that he and his family are just hoping through the tragedy of losing Gabby, they can help another family going through the same kind of situation. 

Joseph added the Gabby Petito Foundation will work with organizations that helped his family, including the AWARE Foundation and We Help the Missing.