The circumstances surrounding Bob Lowery’s death are unknown.
Public attention to the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito, whose body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming, helped a search and rescue team locate what they believe to be the human remains of the missing man. Texas Robert “Bob” Lowery.
News coverage of Petito, 22, who went missing on a cross-country road trip and whose body was found last Sunday, renewed interest in other unrelated missing person cases in the area.
Bob Lowery, 46, of Houston, has been missing since he was last seen on a hiking trail in the same woods on August 20. Police said he was carrying a large black Nike duffel bag with a blue sleeping bag and a gray tent.
“The extensive news coverage of the search for Gabby Petito helped shed light on Lowery’s case,” the Teton County Search and Rescue Department said in a press release, “and resulted in at least two members of the public calling local authorities last weekend with new information about his possible last point seen. “
The search and rescue team said that “after four hours of searching on foot, a team with a search dog located a body matching Lowery’s description on a steep, patterned slope” at the base of Teton Pass, at south of Grand Teton National Park. He added that the search party included 25 volunteers and three search dog teams that “collectively walked more than 75 miles and covered 22,500 feet in elevation.”
The circumstances surrounding Lowery’s death are unknown and an investigation is underway.
In a statement to local media, his family said they were waiting for the Teton County Coroner’s report and asked for privacy.
The disappearance and death of Petito aroused great interest in the media, as well as requests for the same attention to be paid to other cases of missing persons.
An autopsy suggested Petito died of homicide, the FBI and Teton County coroner said. Police are still searching for her fiancé Brian Laundrie, who is considered “a person of interest” in the case.