Attention on Gabby Petito Case Helps Bring a Different Missing Person Case to an End

Wire Service
By Wire Service
September 29, 2021USshare
Attention on Gabby Petito Case Helps Bring a Different Missing Person Case to an End
An image of Robert Lowery shared by the Teton County Sheriff's Office during the search. (Teton County Sheriff)

A rescue team in Wyoming said the heavy attention paid to the Gabby Petito case helped them find remains believed to be of another missing person that vanished in the same national forest where Petito’s remains were found.

Remains matching the description of Robert “Bob” Lowery were found Tuesday at the base of Teton Pass, more than a month after he was last seen. The father of two from Houston traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Aug. 19, according to KPRC.

Lowery, 46, was last seen on Aug. 20 carrying a black duffel bag and having a sleeping bag and tent, according to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. He was said to be on the Black Canyon Trail in Bridger-Teton National Forest, near Grand Teton National Park. The trail is popular with hikers and mountain bikers in the summer, according to police.

Bridger-Teton National Forest is the same location where Gabby Petito’s remains were discovered on Sept. 19. In the days since she was reported missing, Petito’s story has made national headlines, spurring digital detectives to comb through her online trail to try to solve the case.

An investigation into Lowery’s whereabouts had been ongoing but due to new tips, a search and rescue team was deployed Tuesday, according to a news release from Teton County Search and Rescue.

“The widespread news coverage of the Gabby Petito search helped bring light to Lowery’s case, and resulted in at least two members of the public calling local authorities this past weekend with new information about his possible last seen point,” the search and rescue team said.

Remains matching Lowery’s description were discovered with the help of volunteer hikers and a search dog team.

“At about 1 p.m., a dog team located a body and black Nike duffel bag significantly off trail on a steep, wooded slope,” reads the news release. “Collectively, the search teams hiked more than 75 miles and covered 22,500 feet in elevation.”

The cause of death is under investigation.

“Bob has been a wonderful father, son, brother, and friend,” Lowery’s family said in a statement released to KPRC Tuesday. “Our family wants to thank the news media and others involved in the search for our privacy at this difficult time.”

The CNN Wire contributed to this report

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