The audio of an Appalachian Trail hiker who said he saw Brian Laundrie has now made its way online.
NewsNation Now reporter Brian Entin shared the full audio of the clip on social media, revealing it was the full 911 call from Davis, who said he saw Laundrie in a pickup truck on a trail in North Carolina.
The audio matches earlier reports about Davis’ account of seeing Laundrie. On Monday, the New York Post reported that Davis said he had no doubt that he saw Brian Laundrie on a road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis said, according to the New York Post.
Davis said the man “acted skittish and rambled,” per the New York Post.
In the audio clip, Davis said that a man approached in a truck, saying he was lost.
“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.”
The account has been published as North Carolina police have been investigating a number of tips about Laundrie appearing in North Carolina and on the Appalachian Trail, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
Petito and Laundrie spent the summer together on a cross-country road trip. Only Laundrie returned to their home on Sept. 1 in North Port, Florida, driving Petito’s white van. On Sept. 11, Petito’s family reported Petito missing.
On Sept. 14, Laundrie left his family’s home. Three days later, his family reported him missing, saying that they hadn’t seen him in a few days.
Not long after, on Sept. 19, officials found human remains in Wyoming — where Laundrie and Petito had visited — that matched the description of Petito. Two days after that, a coroner confirmed the remains were of Petito and she had died of homicide.
Laundrie’s whereabouts are still unknown.