As the search for Brian Laundrie continues, new twists in the case seem to be cropping up on a daily basis.
According to the New York Post, as a massive manhunt unfolds in the southeast, a man who was hiking told reporters that he has “no doubt” that he spoke to Laundrie on a deserted road near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina.
If the man, who works as an engineer in Florida, is truthful and accurate in describing his encounter, it’s a bombshell twist that at the very least makes it clear that Laundrie is still alive and on the run. It also provides one of the hottest leads in the search thus far.
What’s going on?
The search for Laundrie has drawn international attention, including the attention of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, who played a recording of Laundrie’s voice for Dennis Davis, who said he encountered Laundrie over the weekend.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis, 53, said, after listening to Chapman’s recording.
Davis added: “Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.”
Davis described his encounter with Laundrie, recalling how a “lost and dazed man” flagged him down on the road near the Appalachian Trail, where Laundrie is thought to be hiking as he continues to hide from authorities.
“Man, I’m lost”
Laundrie reportedly asked Davis during the encounter what the best route to take to California would be, using backroads only. Notably, Davis also recalled that the man who he believes is Laundrie was rambling on about his girlfriend and seemed somewhat out of sorts.
“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,'” Davis recounted.
Davis added: “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 went on to describe Laundrie, and said that he was driving in a light-colored pickup truck that he believed looked like a Ford F-150. Amazingly, Davis revealed that several calls he made to law enforcement, including the FBI, have not yet been returned.
It’s only a matter of time before Laundrie, if he’s still alive, runs into someone who recognizes him and is eventually found. Davis’ tip, if accurate, could be the best lead yet.