Officials in Wyoming Credit Gabrielle Petito’s Case in Finding Missing Man

After the widespread coverage of Ms. Petito’s disappearance, search teams found a body fitting the description of Robert Lowery, who went missing last month in the same area.


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The widespread attention surrounding the case of Gabrielle Petito helped the authorities find a body believed to be a man who had been missing since last month, in the same national forest in Wyoming where Ms. Petito’s remains were discovered, officials said.

Search teams on Tuesday found the body of a man fitting the description of Robert Lowery in Teton Pass, a heavily forested area in Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, according to Teton County Search and Rescue. The area is about 17 miles from where Ms. Petito’s remains were found on Sept. 19.

Mr. Lowery, 46, from Houston, was last seen on Aug. 20. A cause of death is under investigation, officials said.


Robert Lowery with his children, Luke and Meredith.Credit…via the Lowery family

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Mr. Lowery’s disappearance and received tips over the weekend about where he might have last been seen, the authorities said. Based on the tips, search teams found a body matching his description near Black Canyon Trail, a popular spot for hiking and mountain biking.

Officials said the attention on Ms. Petito’s case “helped bring light” to that of Mr. Lowery, a father of two who had left Houston for Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Aug. 19, according to KPRC 2, a Houston TV station.

The authorities said that Mr. Lowery had canceled his mail before leaving Houston, The Jackson Hole News&Guide reported. Leigh Lowery, his sister, also told the newspaper that he had recently acquired both a sleeping bag and a tent, adding her brother had no camping experience.

Teton County Search and Rescue and Mr. Lowery’s family did not immediately return requests for comment on Wednesday.

Ms. Petito, 22, was reported missing this month after she did not return from a cross-country van trip with her fiance, Brian Laundrie. Her body was later found in the area of Grand Teton National Park, and the F.B.I. ruled her death a homicide. Mr. Laundrie, whom the police have called a “person of interest” in the case, remains missing.

Ms. Petito’s disappearance has drawn widespread media coverage, which some have criticized as disproportionate, considering the lack of attention given to hundreds of disappearances that don’t involve white women.

Ms. Petito’s father, Joseph Petito, said in a news conference on Tuesday that social media users had been “amazing” and “influential” in his daughter’s case, and that the same level of attention should be given to everyone.

The authorities in Wyoming are also searching for Cian McLaughlin, who went missing in Grand Teton National Park several months ago.

The National Park Service said in late June that Mr. McLaughlin, 27, had been seen on a hiking trail near Taggart Lake on June 8. The hiking destination of Mr. McLaughlin, who is believed to be from Ireland, was not known.

An earlier missing persons report described Mr. McLaughlin as last wearing a white short-sleeve shirt, a red watch, shorts, a bucket hat and round sunglasses, park officials said, adding he had a noticeable tattoo on his left forearm.

Search efforts for Mr. McLaughlin have included over 40 park staff, five search and rescue dog teams, members of Teton County Search and Rescue and the Teton Interagency Helicopter.

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