Coroner: Deceased Hiker Located Near Gabby Petito’s Body Died by Suicide

A U.S. Park Ranger vehicle drives on the Spread Creek area is in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, just east of Grand Teton National Park off of U.S. Highway 89 in Wyo. Authorities say they have found a body in Wyoming believed to be Gabrielle Petito who went missing on a …
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The Teton County coroner has revealed the cause and manner of death for Robert Lowery, the missing hiker found deceased in Wyoming near the place Gabby Petito’s remains were discovered.

Fox News reported Wednesday the 46-year-old father of two children from Houston, Texas, died by suicide from a gunshot wound to his head, Dr. Brent Blue said.

“Bob has been a wonderful father, son, brother and friend,” his family members wrote in a statement. “Our family wants to thank the news media and others involved in the search for our privacy at this difficult time.”

As of Thursday morning, a GoFundMe page created to support Lowery’s children had raised $45,242 of its $50,000 goal.

The Petito investigation helped highlight missing person cases inside national parks and in other areas, according to the Fox report.

Crews with Teton Search and Rescue found the body fitting the man’s description on September 28 near the base of Teton Pass, the agency said in a social media post.

Steve Bertolino, the Laundrie family’s attorney, said Chris was asked “to point out any favorite trails or spots that Brian may have used in the preserve.”

“Although Chris and Roberta Laundrie provided this information verbally 3 weeks ago it is now thought that on-site assistance may be better,” his statement noted. “The preserve has been closed to the public and the Laundries as well but the parents have been cooperating since the search began.”

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