Who is Brian Laundrie’s 'lookalike' Severin Beckwith?October 20, 2021
A MAN with an allegedly uncanny resemblance to Brain Laundrie was held at gun point by Police, according to reports.
Severin Beckwith, from New York, said he was mistaken for Gabby Petito’s missing boyfriend in early October and has since had to alter his appearance to stop it happening again.
Who is Severin Beckwith?
According to his LinkedIn profile, Severin Beckwith is a business graduate from Clemson University.
He is currently taking his master’s in global development at Cornell University.
He also recently returned after being a Peace Corps volunteer in Southern Province, Zambia.
Whilst there, he worked as an environmental volunteer for the LIFE Project in the rural village of Kanchele.
When and why was Severin Beckwith arrested?
On October 7, 2021, Steven Beckwith was ambushed and arrested at gunpoint after being mistaken by tipsters as wanted fugitive Brian Laundrie.
The Mail Report that, Beckwith, and his travel companion Anna Brettmann, were at a lodge on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina when U.S. Marshals stormed into their room.
Graham County Sheriff Jerry Crisp said his department had received calls from several tipsters over the last few weeks reporting possible Laundrie sightings.
Speaking to the Mail Online, he said that they responded to after receiving a photograph of Beckwith, whom it was presumed could be Laundrie.
“Somebody sent a photo of him to our investigators and he looked a lot like the possible suspect”' Crisp said.
“Our team got in contact with the fugitive task force and they said "we're on our way."
“They felt confident enough it was him.”
The sheriff also told the outlet that had they called out Laundrie's name several times as he initially answered to the names.
Law enforcement forcibly entered the room and put Beckwith in handcuffs.
But, after some further examination by the marshals, Beckwith was released.
He presented his ID, and he also didn’t have the same tattoos as Laundrie.
What has Severin Beckwith said?
A shocked Severin recollected the moment the police stormed into his building.
“Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with US Marshals written on them, handguns pointed at my face,” Beckwith told the New Yorker.
He explained that he and Brettmann had been camping and hiking the Appalachian Trail since late September.
But, due to several days of heavy rain and poor sleep, they had decided to check into the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort – located about two miles off the trail.
They had booked the room with a credit card linked to a New York I.D.
Petito was also from New York, “Which, I guess, was good enough motive to come in,” Beckwith noted.
After he was released he also claims the federal agents had advised him to shave his beard while the investigation was ongoing.
They also allegedly told the pair that “now they had a good story to tell.”
The New Yorker later added that Beckwith was later given a free night's stay at the lodge for his “unique troubles.”
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