A hiker on the Appalachian Trail advised a 911 dispatcher that he was “99.99 percent sure” that he spoke with Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie, a newly launched recording reveals.
“I’ll meet somebody out there if they want to,” Dennis Davis, 53, advised the Haywood County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. “I’m telling you, it was him.”
He advised the dispatcher the stranger was “talking wild” and “acting funny,” the recording exhibits.
Davis, an engineer from Florida, advised The Post this week that he was driving the place the Appalachian Trail runs close to the border of North Carolina and Tennessee Saturday morning when he was flagged down by a person who was “talking wild.”
Laundrie, 23, disappeared in mid-September whereas being hunted for questioning within the demise of his girlfriend, Long Island native Gabby Petito, through the couple’s cross-country journey.
Petito, 22, vanished and was discovered useless in a Wyoming campground on Sept. 19, almost three weeks after Laundrie returned house to Florida in her van however with out her.
In his 911 name Saturday, Davis stated the person he believed to be Laundrie was driving a white pickup truck when he stumbled on him on the Appalachian Trail, the place Laundrie had camped previously.
“I think it was a Ford F150,” he advised the dispatcher. “I’m not 100 percent sure of that, and it was kind of a new model. It wasn’t like an old beater. It was a newer truck.”
“I was making a U-turn in the road and he came up behind me and he slowed down and kind of flashed his lights, like tell me go ahead and go and I’m going to wait for you,” Davis stated. “And as I turned around and I’m coming back by him he’s waving his arm out of his truck like for me to slow down.”
“He was talking wild,” he advised the dispatcher. “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.”
But the person selected to remain off I-40, as Davis prompt, and drove off.
“He was acting funny,” he stated. “I wasn’t sure about what he looked like. And then I went and parked and pulled up the photographs of him, and I’m 99.99 percent sure that that was him.”
The dispatcher advised Davis she would report his name to her sergeant — however he advised The Post Saturday that calls to authorities, together with the FBI, weren’t returned.
However, he told Fox News on Monday that he did get a return name from the sheriff’s workplace on Sunday, and was advised they dispatched a deputy to the scene about 12 hours after he reported the sighting.
In a press release Monday, the Haywood County sheriff stated it had “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.”