Gabby Petito Case: Listen to the Hiker Who Claims He Saw Brian Laundrie Offer More Details About the Interaction

by Josh Lanier

The man who called police to report seeing Brian Laundrie while hiking along the Appalachian Trail said “he’s 100 percent confident” in the sighting. If true, this would be the furthest credible sighting of the 23-year-old since police began their manhunt for him weeks ago in Florida. The FBI wants to question Laundrie in the death of his 22-year-old fiancee Gabby Petito.

Dennis Davis called 911 last week after having a strange run-in with a man he now believes was Brian Laundrie. Davis said he was driving near in Tennessee near the North Carolina border Friday when a white Ford-150 pulled up and stopped him, Fox News reported.

“He was talking wild,” Davis told the 911 operator when he called Saturday. “He said that his girlfriend loved him, and he had to go out to California to see her. And he was asking me how to get to California.”

In an extended interview with Brian Entin of NewsNationNow, Davis explained that he didn’t pay much attention to the truck or get the license plate because he was so put off by the man’s skittish and odd behavior.

“The guy was weird, and I was trying to get out of there,” he explained.

Davis, who said he is an engineer with a keen “eye for detail,” isn’t following the Gabby Petito case closely. He wasn’t aware of what Brian Laundrie looked like. But Davis said he saw a photo a few minutes later and recognized him right away.

“My heart jumped out of my chest because that was the guy I was talking to 15 minutes ago,” he said. “… I’m 100 percent confident in this.”

Davis described him as having a black beard and mustache. He was wearing something tied around his head. So, Davis wasn’t sure if he was bald as photos of Laundrie show.

Man Says He Is to Meet With FBI to Discuss Brian Laundrie Sighting

Dennis Davis said North Carolina police told him that they had searched the area he reportedly saw Brian Laundrie. They stopped and questioned one man but let him go after it wasn’t the wanted fugitive, he said. Davis told Entin that he will meet with the FBI Tuesday or Wednesday to discuss what he saw.

Davis isn’t the only person that called North Carolina police about possibly seeing Brian Laundrie in the area. The Haywood County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office said deputies received about 10 calls about possible sightings of him on Saturday and Sunday.

“We have 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,” Haywood, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Christina Esmay told Fox News. “We will continue to respond and fully investigate all calls for service related to the nationwide search for Mr. Laundrie within our jurisdiction.”

Laundrie reportedly went missing on Sept. 14 when he packed a bag and left his family’s home. His parents say they haven’t spoken to him since. Police were searching at a wildlife preserve in Sarasota County, Florida, where he told his parents he was going. Wyoming authorities issued a warrant for his arrest for allegedly using someone else’s bank card.