Extensive coverage of the story of Gabby Petito helped bring to light the family of a Texas man who died in Wyoming, where the body of a Long Island man was found, according to a report.
The last trace from Robert Lowery, 46, the father of two from Houston, is said to have been ping off his phone in Jackson on August 23.
Lowery appeared in a video from August 19 at a restaurant at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. He was last seen the next day in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, where Petito’s body was found on September 19, CNN reported, citing the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
On Tuesday, the remains according to Lowery’s description found near the Black Canyon Trail below Teton Pass, Houston’s KPRC-TV reported.
Sheriff’s deputy Chad Sachse told “Dateline” that Petito’s coverage led to tip-offs giving information about Lowery, who disappeared 40 miles from the discovery of Petito’s body, according to the group.
Authorities do not believe that the two are related.
“The Teton County Sheriff’s Office has informed our family this afternoon that the Search and Rescue Unit has found the body according to the description of our son, Robert ‘Bob’ Lowery near the Black Canyon Trail. We are waiting for the Teton County, WY coroner report,” the Lowery family said in a statement, KPRC said.
“In the meantime, we would like to thank Teton County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse and his department for all their work this month. We are also grateful for the ongoing search by Teton County Search and Rescue teams and for the protection and concern shown by many in the Jackson Hole media and community, ”he said.
“Bob has been a wonderful father, son, brother and friend. Our family would like to thank the media and others involved in our search for privacy at this difficult time, ”the family added.
In a separate case in the area, 27-year-old Cian McLaughlin was reported missing four days after he was seen climbing June 8 in Grand Teton National Park without a bag.
The park conducted surveys that included tapes from more than 140 people, and more than 50 helicopter searches, some using hot water cameras and other high-tech equipment.
No sign of McLaughlin was found.