KEY POINTS

  • Laundrie followed 145 people three weeks ago but he now follows 146 people
  • Shaynah Dodge wondered whether bot pages could make you follow them
  • She also shared screengrabs of Laundrie's page to show her findings 

As the manhunt for Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie continues, an Instagram influencer has found a "weird" detail on Laundrie's social media page that could prove he is alive. 

Minnesota-based Instagrammer and blogger Shaynah Dodge, who has been following the case, allegedly noticed some "unusual" activity on Laundrie's Pinterest page on Monday.

Dodge, who has over 77,000 followers, said she found it "weird" that Laundrie, who was following 145 people three weeks ago, now follows 146 people on the image-sharing platform, reported Australia-based 7 News.

"Three weeks ago I posted in my stories about Brian's Pinterest account," Dodge wrote. "In my screen gab from three weeks ago he followed 145 people."

"Tonight I was scrolling some of his pins on his account and I noticed this... He now follows 146 people. That's weird, right? Like of course his follow count went up as people have flocked to his pages but how did who he follows go up within the past three weeks? Can bot pages make you follow them?" 

She also shared screengrabs of Laundrie's page to prove her theory. 

Dodge said she was "confident it was Laundrie's page because he had shared boards with Gabby and his mother."

"Someone could have had a private page and changed their settings? Not sure, but seriously, I cannot stand this guy on the run. I'm so fed up with this," said the social media influencer, adding "everything in this case feels so cryptic." 

However, the investigators and FBI officials searching for Laundrie have not yet found any clues that could ascertain whether the man is alive or not. Laundrie went missing from his North Port home in mid-September, almost two weeks after he returned home without girlfriend Gabby Petito. The two had gone on a cross-country road trip and Petito's remains were found later at a Wyoming campsite.

Meanwhile, a New York man bearing a resemblance to Laundrie has claimed that he was held at gunpoint by "a bunch of guys with riot shields with 'US Marshals' written on them while traveling on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina. Severin Beckwith and his partner Anna Brettmann were sleeping in their room in Fontana Village Resort when they heard a knock and their door flew open. 

Beckwith was later cleared as he didn't have Laundrie's telltale tattoos. He also produced an ID that confirmed he was not the wanted man. 

This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie This August 12, 2021, still image from a police bodycam released by the Moab City Police Department in Utah, shows Gabrielle Petito speaking with police as they responded to an altercation between Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie Photo: Moab City Police Department / Handout