Authorities around Tri-Cities region receive reports of Brian Laundrie sightings

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (WJHL) — A western North Carolina sheriff’s office revealed Monday morning that it has received various calls regarding sightings of Brian Laundrie in the area.

The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, which borders the Asheville and Pigeon Forge areas, said that while each tip has been investigated, the agency has yet to receive one that leads to Laundrie.

In a statement to News Channel 11, Haywood County, N.C. Sheriff’s Office confirmed multiple calls have been received 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.”

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office

Greene County Sheriff Wesley Holt confirmed with News Channel 11 Monday that the county’s dispatch service received a call regarding Laundrie as well.

He said that a lieutenant followed up on the tip, but “nothing was found.”

News Channel 11 submitted a public records request to obtain a copy of the 911 call, but the request was denied. Greene County Attorney Roger Woolsey explained that according to the Attorney General’s Office, the emergency call in question “is part of an ongoing criminal investigation and/or prosecution and thus are not subject to release under the Open Records Act.”

Laundrie, who remains wanted by the FBI following his financial transaction history after the death of his fiancée Gabby Petito, disappeared from his family home after returning from a cross-country trip in Petito’s van without her.

Petito’s body was found in a remote campground at the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming less than a week after her parents reported her missing. Her death was ruled as a homicide.

The search for Laundrie continues in Florida as crews continue to comb the Carlton Reserve — an area Laundrie’s parents told investigators he went hiking before disappearing.

Last week, another agency in North Carolina — the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office — said it has received no valid tips so far in the search for Laundrie.

Anyone with information regarding Laundrie’s whereabouts is urged to call the FBI.

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