At least a dozen tips have poured in from people who claim to have seen Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie in North Carolina.
According to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, a dozen tipsters called in sightings of Laundrie, 23, in the western part of North Carolina, close to the Tennessee border. One of the callers, Dennis Davis, said he was 99.99% certain he spoke to Laundrie, who was reportedly in a newer model white pickup truck at the time.
“He was talking wild. He said that his girlfriend left him and he had to go out to California to see her,” the man told the 911 dispatcher. “He was acting funny. And I wasn’t sure what he looked like. And then … I went and parked and pulled up the photographs of him. And I’m 99.99 percent sure that was him,” the report added.
The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that although none of the sightings have led to Laundrie, each tip that comes in will be investigated thoroughly.
“The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of calls regarding the sighting of Brian Laundrie over the past several days, each one being investigated thoroughly and areas of concern searched, but all to no avail. We will continue to respond and fully investigate all calls for service related to the nationwide search for Mr. Laundrie within our jurisdiction.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on their cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ North Port, Florida, home with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
On September 19, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Officials confirmed that the manner of death was a homicide but the cause of death is still pending.
Authorities issued a federal warrant for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission after Gabby passed away. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”
Laundrie’s parents have insisted they have no clue where he is. They claimed he left their residence with a backpack on and headed to the Carlton Reserve on September 13. They reported him missing four days later.
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