NORTH PORT, Fla. – Wyoming investigators have found what they consider are seemingly the stays of a person who was missing since late August, and authorities are crediting the nationwide information surrounding Gabby Petito’s disappearance for shedding gentle on his case.
Groups with Teton Search and Rescue found a physique becoming the outline of Robert “Bob” Lowery on Tuesday on the base of Teton Pass in Wyoming, the company introduced on social media. Lowery was final seen Aug. 29 and was positioned Tuesday after a four-hour search with the assistance of three Okay-9 groups and 25 search volunteers.
The seek for Lowery and the investigation into his disappearance have been ongoing since he was first reported lacking, however obtained newfound consideration after “new clues not too long ago surfaced,” Teton Search and Rescue said Tuesday.
“The widespread information protection of the Gabby Petito search helped convey gentle to Lowery’s case, and resulted in at the very least two members of the general public calling native authorities this previous weekend with new details about his attainable final seen level,” officers mentioned.
Utilizing the brand new data, investigators had been capable of observe Lowery’s location to the Black Canyon Path and decided he was carrying a black Nike duffle bag and carrying a black baseball cap emblazoned with a gold “P.”
Investigators found what they consider is probably going Lowery’s physique and the duffle bag “considerably off path on a steep, wooded slope,” the company mentioned.
Authorities haven’t but formally confirmed the identification of the physique and haven’t launched a reason behind demise.
In response to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Lowery was reportedly seen in footage from a resort digital camera boarding a Lyft automobile carrying the Nike duffel bag. Witnesses who not too long ago got here ahead advised authorities they noticed Lowery round 3 p.m. native time on Aug. 20, alone and sitting close to a rock on the Black Canyon Path, his sister, Leigh Lowery, wrote on Fb. Lowery was a father of two youngsters.
Petito’s physique was found close to Grand Teton Nationwide Park in Wyoming on Sept. 19. A Teton County coroner dominated the 22-year-old’s demise a homicide however has not but introduced the trigger.
Teton Move and Unfold Creek, the world during which Petito’s physique was positioned, are separated by about 55 miles.
In a press release offered to Fox Information, Lowery’s household thanked Teton County regulation enforcement and the volunteer search and rescue groups.
“Bob has been an exquisite father, son, brother and buddy,” the assertion mentioned. “Our household needs to thank the information media and others concerned within the seek for our privateness at this troublesome time.”
Lowery’s household has additionally created a web based fundraiser to lift cash for his youngsters’s “training and future.”
“Bob, a loving father, is survived by two stunning youngsters, Meredith and Luke, and their mom, Christelle,” the fundraiser states. “The youngsters can have the unconditional love and help of our full prolonged household; nevertheless, within the wake their father’s sudden demise, we wish to be sure that they’re finest arrange for his or her future.”
The net fundraiser additional states, “No matter financial contribution, please know that we now have felt the continued love, help and prayers from our neighborhood, household and pals all through this tragedy. Thanks all from the underside of our hearts.”