Gabby Petito: Feds Ambush Brian Laundrie Lookalike At Gunpoint On Appalachian Trail

by : Julia Banim on : 18 Oct 2021 18:42

A Brian Laundrie lookalike has been ambushed at gunpoint after stopping for a nap out on the Appalachian Trail.

Doppelganger Severin Beckwith and his girlfriend Anna Brettmann had stopped to rest at the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort after lunch.


The couple, from Ithaca, New York, were napping after their lunch when they were awoken by the sound of knocking. It was at this point that officers with riot shields burst into their room, pointing their guns right at Beckwith’s face. They then handcuffed him and helped Brettmann dress.

As reported by The New Yorker, a few days earlier, an employee at the Fontana Lake marina had noticed Beckwith’s close resemblance to Laundrie and contacted the police.

Earlier that same day he and Brettmann had gone to the marina to call the shuttle, and he noticed that an employee had responded in a strange manner after he asked to use the phone. A marshal later showed Beckwith a photograph taken of him by the employee.


The similarities between the pair are uncanny, with officers noticing further details once they got up close. Beckwith told the publication how one marshal had touched the side of his head, remarking that he had, ‘a notch in the upper part of my inner ear just like his’.

Suspicions were further raised due to Beckwith and Brettmann having booked their room using a credit card connected to a New York ID. Petito was originally from New York which ‘was good enough motive to come in’.

Gabby Petito and boyfriend Brian Laundrie (Gabby Petito/Instagram)Gabby Petito/Instagram

Beckwith recalled how ‘they had a little side-by-side’, explaining ‘it was Brian and then me on the phone calling to get the shuttle’.


However, Beckwith didn’t have Laundrie’s distinctive hand tattoos, and was also able to provide an ID bearing his name. After taking his fingerprints, officers advised Beckwith to shave his beard off, a decision he ‘immediately regretted’, as ‘I have much less of a chin than Laundrie does’.

With his name thankfully cleared, Beckwith was free to go and he and Brettmann were offered a free night’s stay plus breakfast to make up for their ordeal. As per Beckwith, ‘It was a buffet. We took as much as we could’.

An FBI hotline has been set up for anyone who has information on Gabby Petito. Call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Most Read StoriesMost Read


Boris Johnson To Hold Press Conference As Two Cases Of New Covid Variant Omicron Found In UK

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito, Now


The New Yorker
  1. The New Yorker

    Bounty Hunting for Brian Laundrie in a Land of Look-Alikes