Brian Laundrie Sighting Has Investigators Scrambling 700 Miles From Family Home

There are a vast number of Americans out there who are wholly invested in discovering the truth behind what happened to Gabby Petito, and they know that the only way this will ever occur will be to bring Brian Laundrie into authorities alive.

This has proven difficult, however, with authorities searching a number of Florida State Parks in the process thus far.  Even reality television start “Dog” the Bounty Hunter has jumped into the case, albeit possibly for a simple shot at stirring up his own fame in the process.

But now, some 700-plus miles away from where Brian’s parents say that he went missing, a man on the Appalachian Trail appears to have had a serious sighting of the wanted man. 

A Florida man hiking the Appalachian Trail claims he saw Brian Laundrie driving in a white pickup truck around 12:30 a.m. ET on Saturday in Tennessee near the North Carolinaborder.

Dennis Davis, who spoke to a number of news outlets on Saturday including Fox News Digital twice, said it didn’t at first register that the driver may have been Laundrie, but after the encounter, he looked up photos of the fugitive wanted on debit card fraud charges, and he then felt convinced enough to call in the sighting to FBI twice, as well as 911 operators in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Davis was quite sure.

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

The encounter turned quite eerie…

After completing his U-turn, he was driving back in the direction of the pickup truck when the man driving it stuck his hand out of the vehicle.

“I pulled up alongside of the vehicle,” Davis explained. “…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 immediate thought was that the driver was “on drugs at first,” but after reflecting on it, Davis said he “looked mentally shot.” Davis added that the driver “didn’t look dirty at all.”

The driver then told Davis that he was lost and was trying to get to California after getting in a fight 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 explained. Davis then told the driver to take I-40 West, but the driver said no and that he would rather stay 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 said.

Laundrie was known to have been familiar with the Appalachian Trail, having spent some months hiking the well-worn area previously.