Dennis Davis, a hiker who said he talked to Brian Laundrie in Oct. 2, claims that the FBI took a lot notes when he met up with an agent. North Carolina law enforcement Wednesday.

Davis said in an interview Saturday with Fox News Digital that he believed he had encountered Davis on Waterville Road, where he was facing charges of debit card fraud. He claimed this at around 12:20 ET near the Appalachian Trail.

For approximately 45 minutes, the Florida hiker met up with FBI agents and Haywood (North Carolina) sheriff’s officers to discuss their encounter. The encounter was a chance for Davis to ask Laundrie about directions to California.

Davis said that the meeting was quite straightforward. “I met with one FBI agent and two … local sheriff’s officers. The entire story was shared. Naturally, they wanted to know more about Brian’s vehicle and how it interacted with the rest of the story.

The agent added that deputies and agents “took many notes” and “paid close attention to his words.”

Laundrie is a person of interest in the death of his 22-year-old fiancée, Gabby Petito. Local law enforcement and the FBI found her remains. Wyoming last month.


As the case is so high-profile, many people reported seeing Laundrie around the country. However, his exact location remains unknown. According to numerous reports, people have reported seeing the avid hiker aged 23 in Watauga and Boone counties, North Carolina. Fox News Digital was also told by another potential witness that she witnessed Laundrie in a Bristol gas station, Tennessee on September 29. However, no sightings were confirmed.

“I told them … the main reason for … asking for the meeting with them was because I wanted them to gauge for themselves if they thought I was a credible witness, but the thing they did tell me is that they’re taking any tip as credible,” Davis said. 

After six phone calls, the hiker was frustrated that no one had contacted him about law enforcement.

Appalachian Trail hiker claims he saw Brian Laundrie in Tennessee Video

In a dispatch, the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office stated that Davis called them after 2 AM Saturday at the Waterville exit. He had just regained his cell phone service and had looked through more Laundrie photos. Davis told police the story and two- to three sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene. The deputies found three abandoned vehicles. All three vehicles were found to be inoperable.

According to the sheriff’s office at that time, it received approximately 10 calls and sightings about Laundrie between Saturday and Sunday. They sent a team out to investigate an area close the Waterville exit. 


Fox News’ Christina Esmay said that “we have received many calls concerning the sightings of Brian Laundrie” over the past few days. She added, “Each one has been thoroughly investigated and all areas searched but none to any avail.” “We will continue responding and investigating all calls related to Mr. Laundrie’s nationwide search within our jurisdiction.”

Petito and Laundrie have both reportedly hiked portions of the Appalachian Trail. Petito was a part of a March sharing a Instagram photoWith a geotag to the Appalachian Trail, Georgia. 

Brian Laundrie (Moab Police Department)

Petito’s parents reported her missing 10 days later. Petito was traveling the country with a Ford Transit van in summer. Laundrie then returned to North Port in Florida in his van on Sept. 1, without Petito. Petito’s parents reported Petito missing 10 days after she disappeared on Sept. 11. Laundrie’s parents reported Laundrie missing Sept. 17, but claimed that he last saw them on Sept. 14.


Laundrie did cooperate with the police investigation after Petito’s missing person report was filed Sept. 11,  officials have said. The Laundries’ attorney released a statement Sept. 14, advising his clients to remain “in the background.” His family explained that it had not seen him in three days since Sept. 14.

Petito’s body was discovered near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. The death was ruled by a Teton County coroner homicideBut hasn’t yet revealed the cause. 

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones (Fox News), Michael Ruiz, and Kathleen Reushcle all contributed to this report.