Hiker who 'spoke to Brian' on Appalachian Trail yesterday gets audio from Dog
A HIKER who insists he met Brian Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail this week said he received audio from Dog The Bounty Hunter to confirm if it was Gabby Petitio's fiance's voice.
According to Denis Davis, a "dazed" Laundrie met him on October 2 and told him had to get to California to see his partner as the couple had a fight.
Davis, a 53-year-old father of four, insists the man who waved him down on the Appalachian Trail near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee is Laundrie.
Laundrie and his fiancee Gabby Petito went on a cross-country road trip that turned into a murder investigation when he returned home without her and her body was later found.
She was reported missing on September 11 and officials are investigating the case.
In the aftermath, Laundrie was named a "person of interest" as he continued to avoid FBI interviews. He has been missing since September 14.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie – none whatsoever,” said Davis, the New York Post reports.
According to Davis, the man he says is Laundrie told him he was lost and 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.”
He added: “He was worried and not making sense.”
Davis said he didn’t immediately recognize Laundrie until he looked up photos of the outlaw on his phone.
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He claims to have contacted the FBI and 911 in both North Carolina and Tennessee but his calls have not been returned by law enforcement.
“Obviously, as a father with a daughter, I want to do whatever I can to help the family find closure and get this guy off the streets,” he said.
“Law enforcement is probably getting millions of leads on this guy, but I am not some goofball out there doing drugs in the middle of the night, I am a highly educated professional.
“And I know that was the guy. There is no doubt about it. We have this lead but no one’s doing anything, not even a phone call.”
Now Dog the Bounty Hunter, real name Duane Lee Chapman, has been in touch, claims Denis.
He said: “Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.”
Dog inserted himself into the massive manhunt for Gabby Petito’s fugitive boyfriend last weekend, said he hasn’t been coordinating with police or the FBI as his team sifts through more than 2,000 calls on his personal hotline.
He claims he’s been getting a “crazy” amount of tips in the hunt for Brian Laundrie – but he hasn’t been sharing them with law enforcement.
“I guess we kind of do the same thing but I really don’t pay too much attention, like they don’t pay too much attention to me,” he said of law enforcement in a Thursday interview on Newsmax’s Spicer & Co.
“After 45 years, I don’t call the police, they’re usually called on me – so I don’t know what they’re doing.
“I can’t call up and say, ‘Hey, G-Man, what’s going where’s your leads?’” he added.
“And they don’t call me and say, ‘Hey, Dog, where’s your leads?’ – so I have no idea.”
Laundrie knew the Appalachian Trail well. He and Gabby spent her 22nd birthday hiking the trail earlier this year.
She shared photos of the two on them on the trail to her Instagram on March 27.
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