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North Carolina police are looking into tips about Brian Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail

Police in multiple counties said they received reports that Brian Laundrie is on the Appalachian Trail

A look at the Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., where police are looking for Brian Laundrie.
Law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petit
North Port Police Department via Associated Press

Police in two North Carolina counties have investigated a number of tips, calls and reports that Brian Laundrie might be hiding on the Appalachian Trail.

There is currently a federal arrest warrant for Laundrie, the missing boyfriend of the late Gabby Petito, for “use of unauthorized access device” connected to the death of Petito.

Laundrie and Petito went on a cross-country road this summer. But Laundrie returned home on Sept. 1 without Petito. It wasn’t until Sept. 11 that Petito was reported missing.

Days later, on Sept. 17, Laundrie’s family told North Port, Florida, police that they hadn’t seen Laundrie since Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Questions have arisen about where Laundrie might be right now. Police in Florida focused their search to the Carlton Reserve, which is a 25,000-acre location near North Port.

Recently, authorities in Watauga and Avery counties told WSOC-TV that they had received dozens of tips about Laundrie earlier this week.

“We have been monitoring social media for alleged sightings or information of Brian Laundrie being in this area,” Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman told Watauga Democrat. “But nothing has been verified.”

Similarly, Hagaman told WSOC-TV that his officers have been working with the FBI.

“We actually had a conversation with the FBI this morning,” Hagaman told WSOC-TV.

“If there’s something legitimate, we’ll check it out. And if there’s something more to it, then the FBI will be contacted — but not on every call,” he said.

Earlier this week, police in Boone, North Carolina, said that they were aware of a Facebook post — which was posted in a Facebook group for hikers, according to Fox Carolina — that suggested Laundrie had been spotted in the area.

“Police say there have not been any confirmed sightings of Laundrie in the area and all of the phone calls they have received about him have been in reference to the Facebook post,” according to Fox Carolina.