The body of another hiker has been recovered in the same area of Wyoming as Gabby Petito, after the media coverage of Petito led to new tips in the other hiker’s case.
Robert Lowery was a 46-year-old Texas man whose last known location was the Bridger-Teton National Forest near Grand Teton National Park on August 20. Lowery was seen with a sleeping bag and a tent.
Police had been investigating Lowery’s disappearance since late August without any leads in the case. But when Petito’s case starting making headlines in September, attention was brought to the area and people started coming forward with information about Lowery’s case.
Two seasonal residents of Teton told police that they saw Lowery by himself on August 20 around 3 pm on the Black Canyon Trail. They said that Lowery appeared normal and not agitated or in need of help.
Authorities went to the area with volunteers and dogs on Tuesday after receiving the tip. Twenty-five people were divided into five search teams to look throughout the trail for four hours. Around 1 PM a dog came upon a body that met the description of Lowery, as well as the black duffel bag he was said to be carrying in the forest with him.
Despite this, authorities have not yet confirmed the body to be Lowery or his cause of death.
Gabby Petito’s case brings attention to Wyoming trails
“The good news about it has been Bob got pulled into a bunch of articles, so it actually drew a bunch of attention from people that I know,” said Lowery’s sister, Leigh Lowery to the Jackson Hole News and Guide.
This discovery comes after the remains of Gabby Petito, the 22-year-old young woman who had been on a cross-country trip with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, were found on September 19.
Law enforcement authorities said the remains found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest –where Lowery was also hiking — were consistent with a description of Petito, who has been reported missing after Laundrie returned alone from a cross-country van trip that the couple had taken.
The trip across the continent had been shared with social media all along the way. With the Youtube title Nomadic Statik, videos of the adventure were shared with their followers, who went along with the young couple virtually as they made their way across America.
Joseph Petito, Gabby’s father, posted a photo of her on Twitter on Sunday night, with a message saying “She touched the world.”
FBI agent Charles Jones stated at a news conference on September 19th: “Earlier today, human remains were discovered, consistent with a description of Gabrielle (Gabby) Petito,” adding that the complete forensic identification process had not yet been finalized.