NORTH PORT, Fla. – Wyoming investigators have found what they consider are doubtless 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 situated Tuesday after a four-hour search with the assistance of three Ok-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 acquired newfound consideration after “new clues just lately surfaced,” Teton Search and Rescue said Tuesday.
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“The widespread information protection of the Gabby Petito search helped convey gentle to Lowery’s case, and resulted in a minimum of two members of the general public calling native authorities this previous weekend with new details about his potential final seen level,” officers stated.
Utilizing the brand new data, investigators have been capable of observe Lowery’s location to the Black Canyon Path and decided he was carrying a black Nike duffle bag and sporting 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 stated.
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Authorities haven’t but formally confirmed the identification of the physique and haven’t launched a explanation for loss of life.
In response to the Jackson Hole News & Guide, Lowery was reportedly seen in footage from a lodge digicam boarding a Lyft car carrying the Nike duffel bag. Witnesses who just lately 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 loss of life a homicide however has not but introduced the trigger.
Teton Go and Unfold Creek, the world wherein Petito’s physique was situated, are separated by about 55 miles.
In an announcement offered to Fox Information, Lowery’s household thanked Teton County legislation enforcement and the volunteer search and rescue groups.
“Bob has been a beautiful father, son, brother and buddy,” the assertion stated. “Our household desires to thank the information media and others concerned within the seek for our privateness at this tough time.”
Lowery’s household has additionally created a web based fundraiser to boost cash for his youngsters’s “training and future.”
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“Bob, a loving father, is survived by two lovely youngsters, Meredith and Luke, and their mom, Christelle,” the fundraiser states. “The youngsters could have the unconditional love and help of our full prolonged household; nevertheless, within the wake their father’s surprising loss of life, we need 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 now we have felt the continued love, help and prayers from our neighborhood, household and associates all through this tragedy. Thanks all from the underside of our hearts.”