AUTHORITIES are responding to a dozen sightings of Brian Laundrie around the Appalachian Trail, including one man who claims he is "99.99percent sure" he spoke with him.
"I’m telling you — it was him,” Dennis Davis, 53, told a 911 dispatcher at just after 2:30am on Saturday.
He continued: "He was talking wild. He said that his girlfriend left him and he had to go out to California to see her.
“He was acting funny. And I wasn’t sure 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 was him.”
Davis said he encountered the man he believes to be Laundrie in a parking lot along the Appalachian Trail.
Laundrie was allegedly driving a white pick up truck, and motioned at him to approach.
“It wasn’t like an old beater. It was a newer truck," he said of the vehicle.
As the search for Laundrie continues, law enforcement agencies around the country are inundated with reported sightings that place Laundrie in Florida, Montana, and even Canada and Mexico.
Laundrie, the fiancé of slain 22-year-old Gabby Petito, vanished just days before her body was found in a forest in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming where the two had been traveling together.
He returned to his home in North Port, Florida driving Petito's van alone on September 1, a week and a half before her mother Nicole Schmidt reported her missing.
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Laundrie's parents Chris and Roberta told cops their son disappeared on September 17 after he said he was going for a hike in the Carlton Reserve.
It comes as Dog the Bounty Hunter, also known as Duane Chapman, is currently scouring Florida for Laundrie and claims he has "thousands" of leads on the missing fugitive.
On Monday, the TV star announced on Fox News that he had found a "makeshift, very primitive camp" which he turned over to the FBI for further investigation.
"We are now talking to the FBI and working with local law enforcement," he said.
As of today, Dog is continuing the search through islands near Camp de Soto as he chases the possibility that Laundrie is "island hopping."
Private Investigator Bill Warner told The Sun excusively he believes Laundrie is hiding on the Appalachian Trail, and called the 23-year-old a "mastermind" for leaving behind his wallet, ID, driver's license, and credit cards.
"This is usually what people on the run do. They just go dark, hide everything.
"They don't take a car, they don't take a phone. They don't take any ID, but they can't be identified."
Warner said Laundrie may have gravitated towards the Trail because it's already a familiar area to him.
"If you're on the run, you want to go someplace you feel comfortable with, someplace you've been before, someplace you may be able to get help," he said.
"He knows where all the little places are to camp out [on the Appalachian Trail]. It's it just makes sense.
"Brian has expertise. He's an elite hiker. It's right up his alley."
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