A Florida engineer is adamant he spoke with Brian Laundrie on a abandoned street close to the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina on Saturday morning.
Dennis Davis’ alleged encounter with the boyfriend of slain Long Island native Gabby Petito comes as police obtain ideas that Laundrie could also be traversing the path, the world’s longest footpath.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis, 53, mentioned.
“Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.”
A misplaced and dazed man allegedly waved down Davis on Waterville Road, the place the Appalachian Trail runs close by the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Appalachians is known to be an space acquainted to Laundrie, who was beforehand reported to have as soon as lived there “by himself for months.”
The man believed to be Laundrie pulled his automotive up alongside Davis to ask for instructions to California utilizing solely again roads and refused Davis’ suggestion to take close by Interstate 40.
Davis, a father of 4 at present climbing the Appalachian Trail, mentioned the Laundrie-look-alike acted skittish and rambled about being in a struggle along with his girlfriend.
Davis mentioned he believes if the person was Laundrie he was “wigged out” from being on the run and the state of affairs with Petito.
“He mentioned ‘man, I’m misplaced.’ I mentioned ‘what are you trying to find?’ and he mentioned ‘me and my girlfriend got in a fight but she called me, told me she loves me, and I have to get to California to see her.’
“I mentioned ‘well, I-40 is right there and you could take it west to California’ and he mentioned, ‘I’m simply going to take this street into California’.
“He was worried and not making sense.”
Davis didn’t instantly acknowledge the person because the fugitive till he pulled over and seemed up pictures of the outlaw on his cellphone.
The man Davis sighted drove a white or light-colored choose up truck resembling a Ford F-150 and wore a darkish bandana on his head.
Davis is annoyed three calls to the FBI and 911 calls in each North Carolina and Tennessee haven’t been returned by legislation enforcement.
Despite the street being darkish, Davis mentioned the headlights from each idle vehicles have been enough to see the person at such shut vary.
“Obviously, as a father with a daughter, I want to do whatever I can to help the family find closure and get this guy off the streets,” he mentioned.
“Law enforcement might be getting thousands and thousands of leads on this man, however I’m not some goofball on the market doing medicine in the midst of the evening, I’m a extremely educated skilled.
“And I do know that was the man. There is little question about it.
“We have this lead but no one’s doing anything, not even a phone call.”
Laundrie returned to Florida from a cross-country journey with out his girlfriend and journey companion Gabby Petito, 22, on Sept. 1.
Petito was formally reported lacking Sept. 11 and later discovered useless in Wyoming.
Laundrie stays the only real particular person of curiosity within the case. He went lacking on Sept. 14, in keeping with his mother and father, who solely reported it to police three days later.
There is an energetic warrant for his arrest on fraud costs for utilizing somebody’s financial institution card across the time Petito disappeared.