The search for Brian Laundrie, who is wanted on bank fraud allegations after his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was found murdered in Wyoming, is now focusing on specific sections of the Appalachian Trail.
According to numerous reports, people have claimed to have seen Brian Laundrie in Watauga County, North Carolina, as the manhunt for Laundrie continues. Users on a private Facebook group known as Appalachian Classifieds informed the Watauga Democrat that they had witnessed individuals reporting seeing Brian Laundrie in Boone, North Carolina. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina said, “We were looking into these allegations, but nothing has been verified.” The sheriff’s branch did not respond to a request from CSU World Record for confirmation.
The Dog, the Bounty Hunter team, is searching for a qualified hiker or survivalist in North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains, according to Lyssa Chapman, the daughter of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
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Later, she requested that people share Laundrie’s mugshot with others residing in “backwoods” areas of North Carolina. She also invited hunters and individuals who lived near the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina to review their game cameras. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only route in the world, stretching from Maine to Georgia and covering 2,193 miles. The whole thing spans 14 states and extends more than 2,000 miles. In North Carolina alone, the Appalachian Trail covers 96.4 kilometers and climbs up to elevations of up to 5,498 feet.
Both Laundrie and Petito are accused of hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail. In March, Petito posted a photo on Instagram with a geotag for Georgia’s portion of the Appalachian Trail.
According to a woman elite claims to have been Petito’s closest friend, he resided in the Appalachians by himself for months.
“He’s out in the woods, I promise you,” David, 21, said to CSU World Record. She later added that she thought he was “camping out.” Davis has not responded to a previous request for comment from CSU World Record. Petito and Laundrie met on Long Island, New York, where they both grew up and began dating after graduating high school. They later relocated to North Port, Florida, with Laundrie’s parents.
In mid-June, they set out on a cross-country journey in a white Ford Transit that they had converted into a camper van. Laundrie returned to the North Port house in their van on September 1, several weeks after they departed, but without Petito. Her mother notified the cops in Suffolk County, N.Y., ten days later that her daughter was missing, on September 11. The van was seized from the Laundries’ property by police that day.
On Tuesday, the Laundromat was named a person of interest in Petito’s vanishing, and on Thursday, an arrest warrant for bank card fraud was issued by the FBI. During Petito’s disappearance, authorities said he used someone else’s Capital One Bank credit card and personal identification number. However, after his arrest, Laundrie’s parents asserted that he had vanished.
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After the Petitos reported their missing on September 11, Laundrie did not aid the police inquiry, according to authorities. On September 9, the attorney for the Laundries issued a statement. It was stated that he and his wife were separating back on September 14, in which Waite said he had advised his clients to remain “in the background.” The family made a statement three days later stating that they hadn’t seen him since September 14.
On September 19, the body of Petito was discovered in a wooded area near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The death was ruled a homicide by a Teton County coroner, but the reason for it has not yet been revealed. Friends, relatives, and strangers attended a Sunday ceremony on Long Island to pay their respects.
Charlene Guthrie, who lives straight across the street from the Laundrie family, told CSU World Record that she saw Laundrie mowing the lawn, riding his bike with his mother, and going camping with his parents in the days following his return home alone. Petito had previously been staying at their North Port, Florida, house.
On Saturday, “Dog” Chapman revealed he was participating in the search for Laundrie, and tips started pouring in. He informed CSU World Record that he received a lead on Monday indicating that Laundrie’s parents stayed the night in Fort De Soto Park with their son twice during September 1-3 and Sept. 6-8.
Records obtained by CSU World Record’s Robert Sherman reveal that Laundrie’s mother, Roberta Laundrie, registered at the park on September 6 and promised to stay until September 8.
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson told CSU World Record that the FBI is looking at surveillance footage from the park in connection with the Laundrie case.
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