By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Texas man found dead at Teton Pass in late September died by suicide, the Teton County coroner confirmed this week.
Coroner Dr. Brent Blue told Insider this week that Robert “Bob” Lowery died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. He was found dead on a steep, timbered slope on Teton Pass on Sept. 28, although he’d last been heard from a month prior.
Lowery was last seen on the Black Canyon Trail near Wilson at around 2:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20.
More than 25 people and three dog teams from the region helped search for Lowery. Collectively, the search teams hiked more than 75 miles and covered 22,500 feet in elevation.
Calls for assistance in locating Lowery went out in early September, a little more than two weeks after he was last seen by two hikers on the Black Canyon Trail who described Lowery as sitting on a big rock along the trail.
The man flew to Jackson from Houston on Aug. 19. He stopped his mail service prior to leaving for Wyoming.
Officials have said that the national attention garnered during the search for Gabby Petito, who was found dead of a homicide in Bridger-Teton National Forest in September, helped bring light to Lowery’s case and finding him.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the education and future of Lowery’s children, Meredith, 12, and Luke, 15. As of Thursday, the campaign had raised more than $45,000.
“Regardless of monetary contribution, please know that we have felt the continued love, support & prayers from our community, family & friends throughout this tragedy,” the campaign said. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Any level of contribution is truly appreciated.”