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Is Brian Laundrie in Asheville? Internet thinks he's staying at North Carolina AirBnb

'There’s someone who looks just like him staying in Asheville at some airbnb,' Twitter user Marguerite Lee wrote
UPDATED MAR 19, 2024
Social media reports say Brian Laundrie was spotted near an Airbnb in North Carolina (Instagram/ @gabspetito)
Social media reports say Brian Laundrie was spotted near an Airbnb in North Carolina (Instagram/ @gabspetito)

Social media sleuths are coming up with new theories about the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie, the missing boyfriend of Gabby Petito and the latest report suggests that he was spotted near an Airbnb in North Carolina.

Laundrie has reportedly not been seen since September 14 and was confirmed 'missing' on September 17. This led police to search the nearby Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, but with zero luck so far. Laundrie, who allegedly hit and slapped his girlfriend last month according to a 911 call, returned home to Florida on September 1 without her after a cross-country road trip. Later, Petito's body was discovered in a Wyoming park by the authorities. Teton County Coroner Dr Brent Blue confirmed the vlogger's death was a homicide but the immediate cause of death is still unclear as police are still waiting for the final autopsy results. Reports of possible Laundrie sightings have been shared before from places like Florida, Alabama, Mexico and Canada.


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And now there are talks of him being spotted in Asheville, North Carolina. "There’s someone who looks just like him staying in Asheville at some air bnb. According to a family member #BrianLaundrie," Twitter user Marguerite Lee wrote. Another user noted, "This isn't that far from the Pigeon River, where the ladies husband has info from!"

This comes after hiker Dennis Davis, a Florida engineer, said that he is confident he spoke to Laundrie on a deserted road in the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina on Saturday, October 2. “There is no doubt in my mind I spoke to Brian Laundrie — none whatsoever,” Davis said. “Dog the Bounty Hunter’s daughter sent me an audio file of Brian’s voice and the voice was the same I heard.” The 53-year-old said he was waved down by a lost and dazed man on Waterville Road, where the Appalachian Trail runs near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The area is understood to be familiar to Laundrie after reports that he once lived there "by himself for months." Davis said the man he believed to be Laundrie pulled up in his car to ask for directions to California using only back roads. He apparently refused Davis' suggestion to take the nearby Interstate 40 highway.

Twitter users were quick to club Lee and Davis' tip-offs together, calculating the distance between the two locations on a map. "Two sightings within close rang of each-other of Brain Laundrie near the Appalachian trail! Dennis Davis has spoken to press but the below sighting hasn’t been picked up! #BrianLaundrie," one of them tweeted, while another noted, "Yes. Technically northwest of Asheville. #BrianLaundrie #dennisdavis #justiceforgabbypetito." One more remarked, "And the city of California is west of Boone and north of Asheville. It makes perfect sense considering the location of the sightings. #BrianLaundrie #California #GabbyPetito."






Sheriff’s office says tips have been searched

A western North Carolina sheriff’s office revealed that it has received various tips regarding sightings of Laundrie in the area. The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, which borders the Asheville and Pigeon Forge areas, told Channel 11 that while each tip has been investigated, the authorities have yet to receive one that leads to Laundrie. The Sheriff’s Office released the following statement regarding the multiple calls they have been receiving in regards to Laundrie:

“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.”