It has also been a focus for the private search team led by Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, whose daughter Lyssa Chapman tweeted an appeal for “experienced HIKING / SURVIVALIST near the Appalachian Hiking Trail in North Carolina”.
“If you have hunters in your family, near AT in NC. Ask them to check your game cameras !!!! She tweeted on Sunday, also asking locals to spread Laundrie’s image extensively.
The Appalachians are considered an area known to Laundrie, who was previously reported to have lived there “alone for months”.
Although it was not clear how many of the official tips were alleged to be real observations, Watauga County deputies pulled over a car to investigate a possible line that led to nothing, the local outlet said.
Watauga officials also have a detective who monitors a lot of online records claiming that people “see Brian Laundrie in Boone, NC”, officials told Watauga Democrat.
“We have been monitoring social media for alleged sightings or information that Brian Laundrie is in this area,” Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman told the local newspaper.
“But nothing has been verified.”
Some of the information has been based on rumors that Laundrie – who disappeared more than two weeks ago, days before Petito’s body was found – may be familiar with the Appalachian Trail, the sheriff said.
Some of it has been strong enough to pass on to other local, state and federal law enforcement officials, the sheriff said.
“We actually had a conversation with the FBI this morning,” Hagaman told the WSOC on Wednesday. “If there is something legitimate, we should check it out. And if there’s anything more to it, the FBI will be contacted – but not at every call. ”
Laundrie had returned from a field trip with Petito, 22, on September 1, without her. Petito was officially reported missing on September 11 and was later found dead in Wyoming.
Laundrie is left alone person of interest in the case. He disappeared on September 14, according to his parents, who first reported it to the police three days later.
There is an active guarantee of his arrest for fraud for having used someone’s bank card around the time Petito disappeared.
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