North Carolina authorities have been investigating a flurry of calls suggesting that Brian Laundrie is hiding out on the Appalachian Trail, according to local reports.

The sheriffs’ offices in Watauga and Avery counties both confirmed to WSOC-TV that they had received more than half a dozen tips earlier this week about Gabby Petito’s 23-year-old fugitive boyfriend.

It has also been a focus for the private search team led by Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, whose daughter Lyssa Chapman tweeted a plea for “experienced HIKING/SURVIVALIST near the Appalachian Hiking trail in North Carolina.”

“If you have hunters in your family, near the AT in NC. Tell them to Check your game cameras!!!!” she tweeted Sunday, also asking locals to widely spread Laundrie’s image.

The Appalachians is understood to be an area familiar to Laundrie, who was previously reported to have once lived there “by himself for months.”

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