Gabby Petito spent her 22nd birthday on the Appalachian Trail with Brian Laundrie – where experts suspect he's hiding

GABBY Petito spent her 22th birthday with her fiancé Brian Laudrie on the Appalachian Trail – where search experts suspect he could be hiding.

Photos posted on her Instagram on March 27, nine days after her birthday, show the couple hiking and hanging out on the Trail in Georgia.

"Went hiking for my bday #22,"Gabby captioned the post.

The first image shows Gabby making her way through the Trail.

In the second photo Brian is seen lying in a hammock by Gabby's art supplies. It appears Gabby was also in the hammock taking the picture.

One of Gabby's friends Rose Davis has previously said she believes Brian could be hiding out on the Trail because he knows how to survive alone in nature and has done it before.

She told the Daily Mail: "I know he lived in the Appalachians for what I believe was three months, and he did it by himself, so I know he's skilled at it."

According to Dog the Bounty Hunter, the "hottest lead" in the search for Brian points to the Appalachian Trail.

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The TV star has joined the hunt for 23-year-old Laundrie as he told Petito's family he "wants to help bring justice for her death".

Private investigator Bill Warner also thinks Brian may be heading to the Appalachian Trail.

“Brian Laundrie photo from Pinterest @blaundrie1197 page, elite hiker, outdoorsman, on the run in the woods, may be headed for the Appalachian Trail,” said the PI of Bill Warner Investigations, based in Florida.

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most famous hiking spots in the US.

Located within 14 states, the trail attracts over three million visitors per year.

The entire trail takes up over 2,190 miles from start to finish and can take about five to seven months to hike.

Cops have been searching for Laundrie for the last seven days after the 22-year-old travel blogger's death during their cross-country road trip.

He remains missing after returning to his home in North Port, Florida, on September 1 without Petito.

Petito's body was found at the Spread Creek Dispersed Campground in the Bridger-Teton National Forrest last Sunday in Wyoming – more than a week after she was reported missing.

She was last seen alive on August 24, and investigators appear to believe she was killed sometime between August 27 and 30.

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