Dog the Bounty Hunter’s search for Brian Laundrie has turned toward the Tennessee and North Carolina border.
The reality television star—real name Duane Chapman—is working to confirm or rule out a reported sighting of the 23-year-old fiancé of Gabby Petito near the Appalachian Trail.
Dog the Bounty Hunter’s hotline has, according to his team, received nearly 3,000 tips this week on Laundrie’s whereabouts.
One man, named Dennis Davis, claims to have spoken to Laundrie on Saturday morning on an empty road near the states’ border.
“I do believe Dennis. I am convinced he’s convinced,” Lyssa Chapman, Chapman’s daughter, told The New York Post.
“We’re doing everything we can to verify Dennis’ tip but there isn’t much to go off other than the location. But we’re working that tip for sure.”
Bounty hunter Chapman has previously speculated that Laundrie could be hiding in the area. “That is the most leads coming in right now that say that,” he told The Post on September 25.
Davis, shared details about the reported encounter last weekend.
“There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie—none whatsoever,” he said.
“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 told The Post.
“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,’” Davis added. “He was worried and not making sense.”
Davis said the man was wearing a dark bandana and drove a pickup truck.
Newsweek has reached out to Chapman and his team for further comment.
Laundrie has been missing since September 14, three days after the family of Gabby Petito reported her missing after the couple’s cross-country trip.
On September 19, human remains—later found to be Petito—were found in Wyoming. Her death was later ruled a homicide. Laundrie has been named a person of interest in the case and has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt, and wanted by the FBI.
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