After people such as John Walsh and Dog The Bounty Hunter suggested that Brian Laundrie could be hanging out along the Appalachian Trail, where he's been before, now law enforcement says they've been getting tips and calls about possible sightings.
Laundrie is a person of interest in Petito's murder. He returned home alone weeks ago after the couple set off in a cross-country trip. Petito's body was found shortly thereafter. Law enforcement around Boone, NC in Watauga County and Avery County said Wednesday that they have received more than half a dozen tips over the past couple days about Laundrie being spotted in the area. Watauga County deputies even pulled over a car to investigate a possible lead, but it turned out to be nothing. Investigators said they are monitoring postings online and staying in close contact with federal authorities.
Hikers know the Appalachian Trial provides a good hiding spot. "It's a rugged trail, but it is easily accessible and you get back in there and you could pretty much hide anywhere," hiker Tom Niziol said. "So if somebody wanted to hide in this area, they might be able to."