“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis said, according to the New York Post. “Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.”
Davis said the man, who resembled Laundrie, pulled up next to Davis in a car on a deserted road, according to the New York Post. He asked Davis about how to get to California through back roads, so Davis advised him to take Interstate 40.
Davis, who is hiking the Appalachian Trail, said the man acted “acted skittish and rambled,” per the New York Post.
“He said, ‘Man, I’m lost.’ I said, ‘What are you trying to find?’ and he said, ‘Me and my girlfriend got in a fight but she called me, told me she loves me, and I have 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 just going to take this road into California.’
“He was worried and not making sense,” he said, per KSAT.com.
Davis’ account comes as police in North Carolina have received numerous tips about Laundrie appearing in North Carolina and on the Appalachian Trail, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Authorities have been reviewing the tips, but have not said anything about whether they’ve seen Laundrie.
Laundrie and his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, went on a cross-country road trip this summer. But only Laundrie returned home on Sept. 1 to their home in North Port, Florida. On Sept. 11, Petito’s family reported their daughter was missing. It wasn’t until Sept. 19 that authorities found human remains that matched her description in Wyoming. Two days later, the remains were confirmed to be Petito.
As for Laundrie, he left his family’s house on Sept. 14 and was reported missing on Sept. 17. He has been missing since that time. U.S. District Court of Wyoming has issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Laundrie over a “use of unauthorized access device” related to activities after the death of Petito.
Authorities centered their search at the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre park, in Florida.
His whereabouts remain unknown.