A Florida engineer who claimed he talked to Brian Laundrie on the Appalachian Trail told The Post on Tuesday that he is scheduled to meet with the FBI this week to discuss the bizarre encounter.
Dennis Davis, 53, said he will talk with agents in North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.
The hiker had told a 911 dispatcher that he was “99.99 percent sure” he spoke with the late Gabby Petito’s fugitive boyfriend — who is wanted on fraud charges for allegedly using someone’s bank card around the time she disappeared — in North Carolina on Saturday morning.
“I’ll meet somebody out there if they want to,” Davis told the Haywood County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office dispatcher. “I’m telling you, it was him.”
He said the man was “talking wild” and “acting funny,” a newly released recording reveals.
The dispatcher told Davis she would report his call to her sergeant — but he told The Post on Saturday that calls to authorities, including the FBI, were not returned.
Dennis Davis claims that he encountered Brian Laundrie while driving on the Appalachian Trail on the North Carolina border. According to Dennis Davis, the man he spoke to sounded like Brian Laundrie and seemed to be “talking wild” and “acting funny.”Alamy Stock Photo
However, he told Fox News on Monday that he eventually received a return call from the sheriff’s office on Sunday, and was told they dispatched a deputy to the scene about 12 hours after he reported the sighting.
In a statement Monday, the Haywood County sheriff said it had “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.”
Davis told The Post earlier that he was driving where the Appalachian Trail runs near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee on Saturday morning when he was flagged down by the stranger.
The FBI has been looking for Brian Laundrie since September 14, 2021, when he told his parents he was going on a hike and never returned. Octavio Jones/Getty Images FBI agents took away possible evidence from the home of Brian Laundrie to help with the manhunt.Octavio Jones/Getty Images Gabby Petito’s family claims Brian Laundrie has bragged that he would be able to survive off the land if he absolutely had to.Gabby Petito/Instagram