Teton County announced Wednesday Oct. 6 that Robert “Bob” Lowery, the missing hiker whose body was found in the same Wyoming national forest as Gabby Petito’s remains, died by suicide.
According to New York Post, Lowery, a 46-year-old father of two from Houston, Texas, committed suicide and died due to a gunshot wound to the head, Dr. Brent Blue reported.
Lowery’s body was discovered on Sept. 28 at the base of Wyoming’s Teton Pass by the Teton County Search and Rescue team after he was last seen on Aug. 20.
“Bob has been a wonderful father, son, brother and friend,” his family said in a statement last week. “Our family wants to thank the news media and others involved in the search for our privacy at this difficult time.”
Officials said the search and rescue team discovered Lowery’s remains due to the national attention surrounding Gabby Petito’s disappearance and death.
“The widespread news coverage of the Gabby Petito search helped bring light to Lowery’s case, and resulted in at least two members of the public calling local authorities this past weekend with new information about his possible last seen point,” the search and rescue team said in a statement.
The new information indicated that Lowery was seen on the Black Canyon Trail wearing a black baseball cap and a Nike duffel bag. After 25 volunteers hiked more than 75 kilometers during the search, a dog team finally discovered Lowery’s body off the trail on a steep, wooded slope.
According to his sister’s Facebook post, Lowery is survived by two children, a 12-year-old daughter, a 15-year-old son, and their mother. Lowery’s family has also set up an online fundraiser to help his children’s “education and future.”
“Bob had been missing since August 20th in the greater Jackson Hole area,” the website reads. “The children will have the unconditional love and support our full extended family; however, in the wake their father’s unexpected death, we want to ensure that they are best set up for their future.”
As of Wednesday, more than $40,000 had been donated.