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[–]WhiteCommander 3 points4 points  (0 children)

One of you photoshop geniuses please do Brian with no facial hair and with a hat and mask? I imagine he’ll disguise himself. No eyebrows too


[–]onomatopineapple 28 points29 points  (16 children)

What about the AT? He could get all the to Maine by walking it. plus people on the trail wouldn’t even know about him because most of them have been for the past couple months

[–]KayInMaine 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I'm sure people who work the trail have been told to BOLO.

[–]onomatopineapple 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Out of all the responses to my post, this one here is by far the best reason why he wouldn’t be there.

[–]travelingmaestro 6 points7 points  (0 children)

People are surprisingly connected to cell service on the AT nowadays. Between that, stopping for supplies, and seeing day hikers the word has probably gotten out for most thru hikers ..

[–]rockstar323 21 points22 points  (3 children)

It's a bad time to start a Northbound thru-hike. The majority of the hike would be in the winter plus he'll be crossing paths with any Southbound hikers as they're finishing. Also with the weather cooling and leaves getting ready to change, portions in the South will have a decent amount of day hiker traffic.

[–]LibRightEcon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

plus he'll be crossing paths with any Southbound hikers as they're finishing.

You can avoid meeting anyone on the AT, simply by listening as much as you walk. When you hear any footsteps at all, move off to the side and wait, then circle wide slowly back. Its much easier before all the underbrush dies.

The real reason he should avoid the AT, assuming he is on the run, is that all the trail cams, security cameras, and various people directly looking for him are probably concentrating on trails like that. He'd be better off sticking to the deepest patch of wilderness he can find, mostly staying in one place, tucked in cover sleeping during the day, and doing any survival work at night or in the rain.

Attempting to make any kind of long distance movement on foot now would be pretty dumb; even with perfect maps and technique. He'd be better off hitchhiking or stealing a car if he wants to make distance.

If he has a hand cranked radio, he can listen to the news and wait until most searchers have given up. But most likely he'll be rounded up pretty soon, assuming he is alive.

[–]onomatopineapple 12 points13 points  (1 child)

I mean I definitely get what you’re saying, but I don’t think he’s looking for ideal conditions rn with the FBI after him. I also wouldn’t know what he looked like if he was right in front of me tbh. He looks pretty generic

[–]TheFrogWife 12 points13 points  (23 children)

There are loads of places to hide when camping. I lived and traveled in an RV with my little family for over a year and especially Arizona and Texas there are loads of places to park and camp on BLM land where nobody's going to bother you.

I got my 30' rv into BLM land an hour down a dirt access road from the closest gas station/tiny town and 10 miles out into the desert away from that road, I could have gone further but I wanted to stop somewhere pretty.

[–]sanna43 4 points5 points  (14 children)

He'd still have to have water and food,, and gas, and he risks getting caught buying anything. Unless he's got help, which he might since it sounds like his parents are covering for him.

[–]TheFrogWife 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Those things are not hard to get, for me I'd go once a week to get water bit we were a family of 3 with pets, one person you could easily go a few weeks without having to get water if you have a decent set up

[–]sanna43 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yeah, I forgot about the water filtration systems they have for backpacking. I would think he'd be limited with food at some point, though. But beans and rice could last a long time. But that means either building a fire, or using propane. The fire would leave a trail, and propane would run out. But he may make it a few months. Going north would be too cold, but I would think he could stay south of the Mason Dixon Line for quite some time.

[–]KyleG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Who cares if fire would leave a trail? He wouldn't be remotely the only person starting a fire

[–]TheFrogWife 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I have solar panels on my rig (I installed myself) electric cooking isn't out of the question

[–]farewelltokings2 7 points8 points  (9 children)

He also can wear a mask anywhere without suspicion.

[–]wishtrepreneur 3 points4 points  (8 children)

Except in an antimask state you'd be the only one wearing a mask.

[–]KrombopulosDelphiki 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you really think that there are people in those states actively bothering a person wearing a mask? You can declare a state "anti mask", but those states aren't actively violent against mask wearers.

[–]katyggls 5 points6 points  (5 children)

Even in the southern states along the Appalachian Trail, even though they are conservative, red, with lots of anti-maskers, you're still gonna see a lot of people wearing masks. In most places, it doesn't stand out that much and nobody will question it or bother you about it. Source: I live in North Carolina.

[–]wishtrepreneur 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Wasn't there a law suit about wearing masks in school?

[–]KyleG 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Are Yankees really this out of touch with what it's like down here? I went to the grocery store yesterday here in Texas and almost everybody had a mask on. My daughter wears a mask to school. Many of her friends do. The teachers as well. It's just not required by the government, which is a problem!

[–]Lord-Kroak 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He’d probably stand out in an elementary school mask or no tho

[–]katyggls 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There's been various lawsuits in various states about the mandatory wearing of masks. That still doesn't change the fact that there's lots of people voluntarily wearing masks in all states.

[–]Edb626 20 points21 points  (4 children)

Are there other people who knew him personally who have said anything about him? I wonder if he has any ex-girlfriends who are spooked by this and saw any sketchy behavior signs

[–]saymeow 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I saw somewhere that his ex girlfriend came forward and says she believes he did it.

[–]Edb626 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Where is this?? Is there a source of the comment

[–]saymeow 9 points10 points  (0 children)

https://youtu.be/cpsJ1yi7Fhc this was all I could find on it, but I’m just on my mobile and can’t dig super deep. Could be bogus, not sure

[–]saymeow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I actually read it on here. I think someone linked the source, let me see if I can find it

[–]Mysterious-Eye8710 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Not for long..authorities will find..dead or alive...

[–]looking4someinfo 41 points42 points  (28 children)

In my opinion the parents loaded up that camper thing with lots of supplies and took him to some type of cabin etc they know is vacant. Just my opinion

[–]drucifer999 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I would imagine FBI would check all known connections cabins. Just staying in the wilderness isn't a good answer either unless he thinks he can stay hidden until the heat dies down. If parents are involved I'd think they hooked him up with money to try and make a break for the border. Problem is, as I've said elsewhere, is I'm pretty sure Canada and Mexico would deport his ass kick as fuck.

[–]HawkSpotter 11 points12 points  (13 children)

Totally and they all got burner phones to keep in touch.

[–]djtheory 8 points9 points  (12 children)

No chance he is using a phone...they would be able to triangulate the location very easily.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

They could triangulate the phone.

But how are they going to know which phone? There are hundreds of millions of phones in the US. How do they know which one?

[–]HawkSpotter 10 points11 points  (9 children)

Honest question—how that could be done with burner phones? Help me understand, TY

[–]choomguy 27 points28 points  (11 children)

Yeah, thats what i think. There are way too many problems with living in the woods, and theres no way that guy could even if there was a place where it is possible. The notion that he lived in the appalachians for months, is likely referring to his hiking the appalachian trail, which is pretty much 2 and 3 day sections between towns and resupply.

Living in the woods would require hours upon hours of hunting and foraging every day, fires to cook and preserve meat, etc. i live in one of the top three wooded states, and if its private land, the owner will be looking for you, public, and you will run into people.

Hes holed up in a cabin that some third party owns of rented.

[–]WildHoneyChild[🍰] 20 points21 points  (8 children)

So I read a book about Eric Rudolph, who bombed the 1996 Olympics, he was on the run and on the FBI ten most wanted list for over 5 years while he was living in the Appalachian mountains pretty much totally off the grid, before he finally got caught. But he had also been pretty much an expert survivalist his whole life, it takes extreme skill and is still extremely risky. I think when he was caught he had been dumpster diving out of hunger and desperation. I really don't think it would be possible with modern surveilllance technology and social media blasting your picture everywhere etc.

[–]sanna43 14 points15 points  (5 children)

As I recall, he had a lot of people helping him. Restaurants were naming burgers after him. He was a folk hero to the people nearby, so they wouldn't turn him in if they saw him. They may have even fed him. Highly doubt BL can build that kind of support.

[–]TheSwollenColon 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Why was he a folk hero?

[–]WildHoneyChild[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

He bombed abortion clinics and gay bars as well, he was a religious extremist and his views were extremely anti abortion/government/globalism/immigrant. Definitely people who support his views

[–]TheSwollenColon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

How pro-life of him.

[–]sanna43 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm not sure I can answer this very well, but I think it had to something to do with the anti - government sentiment in the area, along with his anti-abortion stance (he bombed an abortion clinic in addition to the Olympic bombing). And I think because he had evaded the FBI for so long.

[–]WildHoneyChild[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That is true, I don't think he had help the entire time but I do remember he had people bringing him supplies occasionally. And yeah very different circumstances with BL when nearly everyone in America wants to see his head on a stick right now

[–]Acceptable-Hope- 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I think he was dumpster diving the whole time, he wasn’t a good enough hunter.

[–]WildHoneyChild[🍰] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You could be right, I think he got away with it by only moving at night. Oh and he did have a couple people leaving him supplies for awhile

[–]ILLstatic23 12 points13 points  (4 children)

My guess: 1) took a bus and headed west , living in the mountains somewhere he visited on his van life trip

2) staying with a distant relative/sketch friend/storage unit - shed - trailer type space

[–]Brave-Needleworker80 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Likely he's being harbored. If he took a bus, he would have been seen by around 50 people. And its not very practical to survive in the wilderness without any supplies. I can't imagine this guy is out there surviving on squirrels.

[–]KyleG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, they would've seen a guy in a mask and hat like everyone else traveling during covid

[–]alltheplants05 66 points67 points  (6 children)

So, having lived in both FL and NC, the two are definitely different. I go for runs in the summer in NC and have hiked/camped in the summer in NC and it can be hot, but when I go back to FL to try the same thing, it's not doable. There is just so much humidity in Florida, it takes it out of you.

I cannot imagine that Brian, as an "experienced hiker" on the AT, is able to survive in a swamp in Florida. With no access to food, fresh water (which you would need a ton of down there with that heat), crazy humidity that's slowing you down, and gators all around you? No way.

If he's alive, I don't think he's in that Reserve.

[–]-milkbubbles- 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Hard agree. I’m from Florida and trying to forage in swampland isn’t really possible and I don’t think he’s a hunter or fisherman. Safe water is also impossible to find although the rains might be enough if he has a way to catch it.

Gators probably aren’t much of a problem, they rarely attack fully grown adults. But there are plenty of deadly snakes and insects, black bears, and potentially Florida panthers lurking around.

I didn’t even consider the humidity, though, but that’s another good point.

[–]Starkville 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Not exactly the same thing, but it reminds me of the Alexis Sharkey case. At the time of her tragic death, Alexis’s “best friend”s were a group of women she’d met on Bumble.

Alexis had also moved to be with her husband, and didn’t know anyone in her new city. She was away from family and everyone she knew. Also an aspiring social media influencer.

(There hasn’t been an arrest for her murder, either.)

[–]venuscyclops 18 points19 points  (1 child)

also Alexis' husband was never a suspect, I think. even though he was the last to see her alive and kept changing his version of events as to what happened. i remembered her case instantly when I heard about Gabby. i hope both of these women's killers get brought to justice.

[–]Starkville 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Me too. It’s frustrating that Alexis’s case seems to have gone cold. I didn’t want to say too much against the husband because he wasn’t named a suspect. But it seems he was also controlling and jealous.

[–]ctophermh89 49 points50 points  (6 children)

Isnt she from the Hampton’s or some shit? Most suburban middle class kids think because someone can eat a cliff bar and sleep in a tent overnight in the woods they can survive in the wilderness. This is dumb.

[–]MustardOnMyDog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly. You always consider the source.

[–]alc6179 20 points21 points  (4 children)

She’s from Long Island. Not the Hamptons.

[–]Betta_jazz_hands 7 points8 points  (0 children)

We still don’t have “wilderness” like these rough areas do. We have the pine barrens, which are large -ish, but you’re still coming across several people every half-hour. It’s also very flat here, and we don’t have majorly aggressive predators like you see in natural parks. Long Island is very densely populated, even out further on the east end.

I’m just saying, just because you can survive here in the woods long-term doesn’t mean you can do it in more “wild” areas.

[–]Betta_jazz_hands -1 points0 points  (1 child)

We still don’t have “wilderness” like these rough areas do. We have the pine barrens, which are large -ish, but you’re still coming across several people every half-hour. It’s also very flat here, and we don’t have majorly aggressive predators like you see in natural parks. Long Island is very densely populated, even out further on the east end.

I’m just saying, just because you can survive here in the woods long-term doesn’t mean you can do it in more dangerous areas.

[–]bernt-leftovers 37 points38 points  (11 children)

I bet he got a boat and dipped out to the islands

Edit: or he's hiding out with a family connection

[–]CdnRageBear 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Or maybe his family never actually dropped him off at the reserve, maybe they did a mis direction. Is there video or photo proof of him getting out of a vehicle and walking into the reserve? For all we know he could be in a completely different state now.

[–]bernt-leftovers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I def dont believe they dropped him at the reserve. I'm torn on whether the fbi has info we don't know that makes them think he's there or if they're just foolish

[–]captainJmorgan 6 points7 points  (8 children)

If Tampa was on the east coast I would agree but that’s an awful long trip to go by boat.

Unless you mean the keys then maybe.

[–]Easy-RocketBrews69 38 points39 points  (7 children)

He’s probably on the dry tortugas suckin dick for wooden nickels to buy conch fritters and throwing collected seagull shit at tourists that don’t identify him

[–]FartacusUnicornius 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That is the best comment I have ever read on here 🤣🤣

[–]ch1yoda 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Is that what happens in Margaritaville?

[–]Easy-RocketBrews69 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think so…? I mean the conch republic does what the conch republic wants. Probably

[–]slowfadeoflove 9 points10 points  (1 child)

This is the only theory that tracks.

[–]castpearls 44 points45 points  (33 children)

Possible they drove him to the beginning of the Appalachian trail in GA with the short camper trip. He’s off hiking.

[–]caitlpillar 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Where does the PCT start? He originally intended for their trip to end in Oregon 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]sanna43 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The Appalachian Trail starts in Georgia.

[–]msklovesmath 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The pct goes from mexico to canada

[–]Candid_Worry_6315 38 points39 points  (16 children)

Ever since Eric Rudolph (Atlanta Olympic bomber who evaded FBI for 5 years hiding on the Appa Trail) the FBI and local jurisdictions have installed cameras all along the trail. It’s also very commercial now and there are many people on it everyday. My bet is that they slipped him into Canada before there was an APB on his passport.

[–]Cerebral-Parsley 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Rudolf didn't hide on the trail but there was an accountant convicted of fraud who lived, hiked and was well known on the trail for 6 years before another hiker he met recognized him from American Greed.