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Hiker whose body was found in same Wyoming forest as Gabby Petito’s remains had killed himself


Missing hiker whose body was found in the same Wyoming forest as Gabby Petito’s remains had killed himself with gunshot to the head, coroner rules

  • The cause of death for missing Houston hiker Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery was announced as a suicide on Wednesday after he shot himself in the head
  • His body was found on September 28 in the Bridger-Teton National Forest near where the remains of 22-year-old Gabby Petito was found almost a week before
  • The search for Lowery’s body was influenced by Petito’s case as her father Joseph urged the public to help in other missing persons investigations
  • Lowery’s family released a statement to thank the parties involved in the search


The Texas hiker whose body was found in the same Wyoming forest where Gabby Petito’s remains were also found had died by suicide, a coroner has ruled.

Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery, 46, of Houston disappeared on August 20 after he was last seen carrying a black duffel bag, sleeping bag and tent in Bridger-Teton National Forest. 

His body was discovered on September 28 following a four-hour search that included three K-9 teams and 25 search volunteers. 

The coroner announced Wednesday that Lowery had shot himself in the head. 

The forest where he was found is located near the Grand Teton National Park where the body of 22-year-old Gabby Petito was found on September 19.  

The cause of death for missing Houston hiker Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery, 46, was announced as a suicide after he shot himself in the head

Lowery's body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 28. The forest is near where the remains of 22-year-old Gabby Petito were found on September 19 on the Spread Creek campground in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Lowery’s body was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest on September 28. The forest is near where the remains of 22-year-old Gabby Petito were found on September 19 on the Spread Creek campground in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Police had been investigating Lowery’s disappearance for over a month without success.

But after the massive publicity around the case of Petito, the spotlight was also shone on other missing persons cases in the area.

Two part-time Teton residents came forward with information regarding Lowery’s case. 

They told police they saw Lowery alone on August 20 around 3pm on Black Canyon Trail. They reported he didn’t appear to be in distress, according to Jackson Hole News and Guide.

A search team made up of volunteers and dogs were sent onto the trail last Tuesday.

Twenty-five people were split into five search teams to comb through the steep trails for four hours. 

At 1pm a dog found a body that matched the description of Lowery, including the black duffle bag he was last seen with, off a steep slope in a wooded area. 

Lowery went missing on August 20 and was last seen carrying a black duffel bag, sleeping bag and tent

Lowery went missing on August 20 and was last seen carrying a black duffel bag, sleeping bag and tent

Lowery was the father of two children, a 15-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, whose family created online fundraisers for them to raise money for their ‘education and futures’ after his death. 

 ‘The Teton County Sheriff’s Office informed our family this afternoon that the Search and Rescue Team located a body that fits the description of our son, Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery near Black Canyon Trail,’ Lowery’s family said in a statement to KRPC last week.

‘At this time, we especially want to thank Teton County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse and his department for all of their work during this month that Bob has been missing.

‘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.”

Teton County officials released a statement on September 28 after finding Lowery's body

Teton County officials released a statement on September 28 after finding Lowery’s body

Petito’s body was found at the Spread Creek campground in Bridger-Teton National Forest on the eastern edge of the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on September 19. 

Petito, 22, was reported missing on September 11 after being last seen on August 24.

Her fiancé Brian Laundrie returned home to Florida on September 1 without her, and refused to cooperate with authorities.

He was reported missing himself on September 17 and has not been seen since.

Petito’s death was ruled a homicide by a coroner, and Laundrie has been named as a ‘person of interest’ in the case.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie over fraudulent use of Petito’s credit card after her death. He has not yet been charged over her death.

A search for Laundrie continues in the swampy 25,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Florida. 

Gabby Petito, 22, was found dead in the park near Spread Creek on September 19. Her case has garnered national attention as search her fiancé and person-of-interest in her case Brian Laundrie continues

Gabby Petito, 22, was found dead in the park near Spread Creek on September 19. Her case has garnered national attention as search her fiancé and person-of-interest in her case Brian Laundrie continues 

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