The seek for Gabby Petito leads the police to the physique of the lacking hiker Robert Lowery in Wyoming Park close to the place her stays have been discovered
THE high-profile search for Gabby Petito helped a rescue team find the remains of another missing person who disappeared in the same park where Petito’s body was found.
Robert “Bob” Lowrey, 46, disappeared on August 20 while visiting Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming, near Grand Teton National Park.
Robert Lowrey, 46, disappeared on August 20 while visiting Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming
Gabby’s remains were found about 40 miles from LowreysPhoto credit: gabspetito / Instagram
The father of two was last seen on the Black Canyon Trail with a black travel bag and a collapsed tent.
The day before, on August 19, he traveled from his home in Houston to Jackson Hole.
His family had been looking for him for weeks but had no clues.
However, Teton County’s Deputy Sheriff Chad Sachse told NBC Dateline this week that it was the latest coverage of the tragic murder of Gabby Petito that encouraged the public to share tips on Lowrey’s most recent known moves.
“The widespread coverage of Gabby Petito’s search helped shed light on the Lowery case and resulted in at least two members of the public calling local authorities over the past weekend with new information about his possibly last-seen point,” said it in a TCSAR statement.
“The new information put Lowery on the Black Canyon Trail, wearing a black baseball cap with a gold ‘P’ and a black travel bag with the Nike logo on it.”
Following the new lead, search and rescue teams launched a response on Tuesday, focusing on the hunt for Lowery at the base of Teton Pass.
After a four-hour search, TCSAR said they found remains that matched Lowrey’s description on a “steep, wooded slope”.
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His cause of death is currently unknown, but Lowrey’s family has been notified as officials await verification of his identity.
The suspected remains of Lowreys were discovered about 40 miles from the spot where investigators found Petitos’ body on Nov.
The Lowrey search involved 25 volunteers and three teams of dogs, including K-9s from Jackson Hole Search Dogs and Driggs, Idaho.
“The volunteers split into seven teams and combed the dense timber-framed area around Black Canyon, a popular summer hiking and mountain biking trail,” said TCSAR.
“Around 1 p.m., a team of dogs found a body and a black Nike travel bag well off the road on a steep, wooded slope. Volunteers spent Tuesday afternoon retrieving the body from the mountainside.
“Together, the search teams hiked more than 75 miles and climbed 22,500 feet,” the search and rescue team continued.
“TCSAR thanks everyone who helped with the search and extends its condolences to the family of the deceased.”
PARALLELS TO PETITO
Like Gabby, Lowrey quit his job to go on an extensive trip around the United States. His family also became increasingly concerned when he broke off contact.
Before the discovery of his believed remains was made, his sister, Leigh Dateline, said that Lowrey, who has two children, ages 10 and 15, “never loses contact with them.”
“But it’s been 37 days and nothing. And that’s worrying,” she said.
In a statement Tuesday, a Lowrey family spokesman told KPRC that the 46-year-old was a “wonderful” person.
“The Teton County Sheriff’s Office informed our family this afternoon that the search and rescue team had found a body that matches the description of our son Robert“ Bob ”Lowery near the Black Canyon Trail.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Teton County’s Assistant Sheriff, Chad Sachse, and his department for all of their work this month that Bob missed.
“We also appreciate today’s search by the Teton County Search and Rescue volunteer teams and the care and concern shown by so many in the news media and the Jackson Hole community.
“Bob was a wonderful father, son, brother, and friend. Our family would like to thank the news media and others who have been involved in our privacy during this difficult time.”
HUNTING FOR GABBY’S FIANCE
Meanwhile, the search for Gabby Petito’s missing fiancé Brian Laundrie continues on Wednesday, more than two weeks since his alleged last visit.
Laundrie has not yet been named as a suspect in Gabby’s murder, but is considered a person of interest. He is also wanted with an arrest warrant for alleged bank fraud after using a debit card believed to belong to Gabby.
He was reported missing on September 17, days after he allegedly told his family that he was planning to hike in a wildlife sanctuary near Venice, Florida.
That came after he returned home to his parents’ house without Gabby on September 1, about two months after the couple’s planned four-month road trip through the United States.
Detectives have been combing the Carlton Reservation since last weekend after the 23-year-old reportedly told his parents he was going on a hike.
Police-led search efforts are likely to be scaled back as FBI agents lead the investigation, reports say.
Laundrie has not yet been named as a suspect in Gabby’s murder, but is considered a person of interestPhoto credit: Instagram
The search for Lowrey ended TuesdayCredit: AP
Gabby Petito timeline
Gabby Petito, 22, was last seen leaving a Utah hotel on August 24th. Here is a timeline of Gabby Petito’s disappearance:
- June 2021 – Gabby Petito and her fiancé Brian Laundrie embark on a trip across the United States.
- 4th of July – Gabby posts photos of herself barefoot in Gove County, Kansas.
- 8th of July – Gabby posts photos of herself in Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park.
- July 18th – Gabby and Brian post photos of themselves in Zion National Park, Utah.
- 12. August Body camera footage released in September showing Brian and Gabby encountering police in Utah. The police confirmed that no significant injuries were reported.
- August 19th – Gabby and Brian post a video on their YouTube channel documenting their journey. The video received more than 200,000 views.
- August 24th – Gabby is seen leaving a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- August 25 – Gabby facetimes her mother, Nichole Schmidt, for the last time. In a later police report, Schmidt said her conversations with her daughter had “increased tension” between her and Brian.
- August 25 – Gabby also posts her last Instagram. No location is given.
- August 27th – Gabby is seen for the last time. Witnesses claim saw Brian engaged in an explosive argument with staff at a Jackson Hole restaurant that brought Gabby to tears.
- August 27th – Four hours later, travel bloggers driving through Grand Teton National Park drive past the couple’s van “abandoned” on a dirt road.
- September 1 – Brian returns to Florida without Gabby.
- September 11 – Gabby’s parents report her missing to the Suffolk County Police Department.
- September 14th – Brian’s family issue a statement that he has hired a lawyer and will not work with investigators.
- September 14th – Brian is said to be last seen by his family. He reportedly told them he was hiking at the Cartlon Reserve but did not return.
- September 15th – North Port Florida Police say Brian is a person of interest on the case. He is not charged with any crime.
- 16th September – Utah police released body camera footage of police encounter with Brian and Gabby.
- 17th of September – Brian’s parents say they haven’t seen their son in a few days and report him missing.
- September 18 – The police announce that they are searching the Carlton Reservation in Florida for Brian. The police say they haven’t found anything.
- September 19th – Wyoming authorities say they found a body in Grand Teton National Park. The FBI announces that the body is Gabby’s, but full forensic identification must first be performed to confirm this.
- September 20th – Police are executing a search warrant on Laundrie’s home and confiscating his silver Mustang and a hard drive that could contain “evidence of a crime”.
- 21st September – Officials say they will perform an autopsy on the remains found in Wyoming to confirm whether or not they belong to Gabby. The police also resumed their search for Laundrie, this time on the Venetian side of the Carlton reservation.
- 21st September – The FBI announced that the body found in Wyoming has been identified as Gabby’s. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
- 21st September The Teton County Coroner’s office said Gabby’s official cause of death is still pending, but the original death was murder.
- September 22 – Police continue to search the Carlton Reservation for a lead on Laundrie but provide no clues. A specialized diving team is called in to support the hunt.
- September 23rd – Officials announced that a federal arrest warrant had been issued against Brian.
- September 2nd6 – Gabby’s funeral took place on Long Island, New York.
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