A Florida man mountaineering the Appalachian Trail claims he noticed Brian Laundrie driving in a white pickup truck round 12:30 a.m. ET on Saturday in Tennessee close to the North Carolina border.

Dennis Davis, who spoke to quite a lot of information shops on Saturday together with Fox News Digital twice, stated it did not at first register that the driving force could have been Laundrie, however after the encounter, he seemed up images of the fugitive needed on debit card fraud costs, and he then felt satisfied sufficient to name within the sighting to FBI twice, in addition to 911 operators in Tennessee and North Carolina.

“There is no doubt about it. That was Brian Laundrie I was just talking to. 100%. Not a doubt in my mind,” Davis stated of the encounter after he seemed up each a portrait and profile shot of Laundrie on his cellphone.

Waterville Road in Hartford, Tenn. (Google Maps)

Waterville Road in Hartford, Tenn. (Google Maps)
(Google Maps)

Laundrie is on the lam and is needed on financial institution fraud costs after his 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito, was discovered lifeless in Wyoming final month.

Davis and another hikers had been going to go away a automotive on the Northern Terminus of the Application Trail, and he was going to sleep on the trailhead Friday night time. He unintentionally handed a parking zone close to the path and was going to make a U-turn on Waterville Road when “a vehicle approached” from behind him and flashed its headlights as if signaling to Davis that he may full his U-turn.


After finishing his U-turn, he was driving again within the route of the pickup truck when the person driving it caught his hand out of the car.

“I pulled up alongside of the vehicle,” Davis defined. “…I rolled my window down and I started talking with the gentleman. I could tell right away that something wasn’t right with him.”

His fast thought was that the driving force was “on drugs at first,” however after reflecting on it, Davis stated he “looked mentally shot.” Davis added that the driving force “didn’t look dirty at all.”

The driver then instructed Davis that he was misplaced and was making an attempt to get to California after getting in a struggle along with his girlfriend.


“He said me and my girlfriend had a fight, and man, I love her, and she called me, and I need to go out to California to see her,” Davis defined. Davis then instructed the driving force to take I-40 West, however the driver stated no and that he would fairly keep 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,'” Davis stated.

Brian Laundrie (North Port Police Department)

Brian Laundrie (North Port Police Department)

The hiker thought in regards to the encounter afterward as he began driving once more and started to wonder if it was Laundrie.

“So I got to the next spot where I was going to park and I pulled open my phone and I started looking through pictures. And the thing when I was talking to him which really stood out to me was: He had a very full but short, very thick, dark, black beard and mustache. And so when I parked my car and I pulled up the picture of him on the internet…and there was that beard and mustache,” Davis stated.

At that time, the hiker was 95% certain he had seen Laundrie and known as the FBI. When he acquired off the cellphone with the FBI, he checked out one other profile shot of Laundrie after which felt 100% satisfied that he noticed the fugitive, at which level he known as the FBI a second time, in addition to Tennesee and North Carolina police.


As of Sunday morning, neither the FBI nor the police had contacted Davis. The FBI, nor a number of police departments and sheriff’s places of work within the areas of Tennessee and North Carolina Davis described, responded to inquiries from Fox News. 

People have reported many potential Laundrie sightings throughout the nation as his whereabouts stay unknown within the high-profile case. Last month, folks reported potential sightings in Mobile, Alabama, the place a person was discovered lifeless close to a neighborhood Walmart retailer, and in path digital camera footage from Baker, in Okaloosa County, Florida

One man who knowledgeable Fox News of a since-debunked potential Brian Laundrie sighting in New Jersey final month stated “it was like pulling teeth to get law enforcement to act on the [sighting],” and that some officers had been “rude” on the cellphone.

Xander Mcdouall, the co-owner of a bounty looking workforce known as Predator Hunter Nation, confirmed to Fox News that they spoke to Davis and are looking the world he described.

The Appalachian Trail. (iStock)

The Appalachian Trail. (iStock)

Investigators working with Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman are additionally honing in on parts of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina as they proceed their seek for Laundrie. Lyssa Chapman, Chapman’s daughter, stated her father’s workforce is “working on confirming” a number of new leads in a Saturday tweet.

As the manhunt for Laundrie forges on, folks have claimed to have seen the 23-year-old avid hiker in Watauga County, North Carolina, in line with a number of experiences. Users in a non-public Facebook web page, Appalachian Classifieds, described how folks had been “reporting seeing Brian Laundrie in Boone, NC,” in line with the Watauga Democrat

The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office instructed local affiliate FOX 46, “We were looking into these claims, but nothing has been verified.” Sheriff Len Hagaman instructed Fox News that the division was “only monitoring social media reposts – nothing validated.”


The Appalachian Trail as a complete is “the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, ranging from Maine to Georgia,” in line with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It spans greater than 2,193 miles and throughout 14 states. In North Carolina alone, the Appalachia Trail encompasses 96.4 miles and reaches elevations of as much as 5,498 toes.  

Both Laundrie and Petito have allegedly hiked components of the Appalachian Trail. In March, Petito shared a photograph on Instagram with a geotag for the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. 

And a girl who says she was one in all Petito’s finest associates, Rose Davis, instructed PEOPLEthat Laundrie “lived in the Appalachians by himself for months.”

Laundrie and Petito had been touring throughout the nation in a Ford Transit van over the summer season earlier than Laundrie returned to his dwelling in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1 within the van with out Petito. Petito’s mother and father reported her lacking 10 days afterward Sept. 11. Laundrie’s mother and father reported Laundrie lacking on Sept. 17 however stated the final time they noticed him was on Sept. 14.

however has not but introduced the trigger. 

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.