On Saturday morning, a Florida engineer insists he chatted with Brian Laundrie on a secluded road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
Dennis Davis’ alleged contact with deceased Long Island native Gabby Petito’s boyfriend comes as authorities receive information that Laundrie may be walking the world’s longest footpath.
Davis, 53, added, “There is no doubt in my mind that I spoke to Brian Laundrie – none at all.”
“The daughter of Dog the Bounty Hunter emailed me an audio file of Brian’s voice, and it was the same voice I heard.”
Davis was supposedly waved down by a lost and confused guy on Waterville Road, near the North Carolina-Tennessee line, where the Appalachian Trail passes.
The Appalachians are thought to be a familiar territory for Laundrie, who was previously claimed to have lived there “alone for months.”
The man, who was later identified as Laundrie, pulled up behind Davis and asked for instructions to California via back roads only, rejecting Davis’ proposal to travel nearby Interstate 40.
Davis, a father of four who is hiking the Appalachian Trail, said the Laundrie impersonator seemed nervous and rambled about a quarrel with his fiancée.
If the individual was Laundrie, Davis believes he was “wigged out” from being on the run and the incident with Petito.
“’Man, I’m lost,’ he said. ‘What are you looking for?’ I asked. and he replied, “I had a quarrel with my girlfriend, but she called me and said she loves me, and I need to get to California to see her.”
“I said, ‘Well, I-40 is right there, and you could take it west to California,’ and he said, ‘I’m simply going to take this road into California,’” I explained.
“He was agitated and unable to communicate.”
Davis did not recognise the man as the fugitive until he pulled over and checked his phone for images of the outlaw.
The man Davis saw was dressed in a dark bandana and drove a white or light-colored pickup truck similar to a Ford F-150.
Davis is angry that law enforcement has not returned three calls to the FBI and 911 calls in both North Carolina and Tennessee.
Despite the fact that the road was dark, Davis claimed that the headlights from both idling automobiles were enough to see the man at such a short distance.
He stated, “Obviously, as a parent with a daughter, I want to do everything I can to help the family get closure and get this guy off the streets.”
“Law enforcement is undoubtedly getting millions of leads on this man, but I am a highly educated professional, not some fool out doing drugs in the middle of the night.
“And I know who that was. There is no denying it.
“We have a lead, but no one is following up, not even making a phone call.”
On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned to Florida without his fiancée and travel companion Gabby Petito, 22, after a cross-country vacation.
Petito went missing on September 11 and was subsequently discovered dead in Wyoming.
The only person of interest in the case is Laundrie. According to his parents, he went missing on September 14 and was only reported to police three days later.
Petito has a current warrant for his arrest on fraud charges stemming from the use of someone else’s bank card around the time he vanished.