The Teton County Search and Rescue nonprofit confirmed it has located a body in Wyoming believed to be missing 46-year-old Robert Lowery. The discovery came after renewed interest in the case because of the Gabby Petito investigation.
“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 group wrote on Facebook.
Lowery, from Houston, was last seen on Aug. 20.
Robert Lowery, a 46-year-old dad of two, was last spotted on Aug. 20 holding a black duffel bag and a tent in Bridger-Teton National Forest—the same location where Petito’s remains were discovered earlier this month. Teton County Search and Rescue confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that a body matching Lowery’s description has been recovered.
“Teton County Search & Rescue conducted a search for Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery at the base of Teton Pass, Wyo., on Tuesday, Sept. 28,” the group said. “After four hours of searching on foot, a team with a search dog located a body fitting Lowery’s description on a steep, timbered slope.”
According to KPRC2, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Lowery went missing 40 miles from where Petito’s body was found, but authorities don’t believe the cases are connected beyond that.
Lowery’s family confirmed on Facebook that they have been informed about the discovery of the body matching his description and are awaiting a coroner’s report. The family said in a statement: “Bob has been a wonderful father, son, brother and friend. Our family wants to thank the news media and others involved in the search for our privacy at this difficult time.”
The cause of Lowery’s death remains under investigation.