An upstate New Yorker who bore an eerie likeness to Brian Laundrie was awakened during a snooze on the Appalachian Trail by US Marshals on the hunt for the fugitive.
After lunch, Ithaca couple Severin Beckwith and Anna Brettmann were sleeping at the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort when they heard a knock and their door burst open, according to the New Yorker.
“The next thing I know, there’s a group of men with riot shields with ‘US Marshals’ emblazoned on them, pistols aimed at my face,” Beckwith told the magazine.
As one of the feds assisted Brettmann in getting clothed, the shocked hiker was quickly arrested.
Beckwith, who resembles Landrie, the sole person of interest in his girlfriend Gabby Petito’s homicide, said he had a hunch why he was targeted on the Appalachian Trail, where tipsters have reported spotting the 23-year-old fugitive.
The doppelgänger told the New Yorker that one of the agents touched the side of his head and said the lookalike had a “notch in the upper part of my inner ear just like his.”
Making matters worse for Beckwith was that he and Brettmann — who had been hiking from Georgia to Virginia since late September — had booked their room with a credit card connected to an Empire State ID, the outlet said. Petito was originally from Long Island.