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Another story with a sadder ending than we saw coming…
Last week we told you well-nigh a silver lining of the Gabby Petito case: the widespread interest in what began as a search for a missing girl has shined a spotlight on other missing persons cases. And one was plane solved due to it.
Robert “Bob” Lowery was mentioned during coverage of Gabby’s investigation, prompting two separate calls which sooner led to the father-of-two stuff found, and not too far from the YouTuber, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Unfortunately, it was too late; he was dead.
Now we’re learning increasingly well-nigh the unconnected but surprisingly tropical case.
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Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue has released the report on the rationalization and manner of death for Lowery. The 46-year-old died by suicide, a single gunshot wound to the head, theoretically self-inflicted.
This news is heart-wrenching, made all the worse by the fact the Houston resident was the father to two children, 12-year-old Meredith and 15-year-old Luke. Bob’s sister Leigh mentioned his devotion to fatherhood in a statement well-nigh a month without his disappearance in August:
“Bob talks to those kids every day, multiple times a day. He’s never out of touch with them. But it’s been 37 days and nothing. And that’s what’s concerning.”
She explained that her brother had recently left his real manor job and had just been going on a solo hiking trip in Wyoming surpassing getting into a new job.
He was spotted, per the witnesses who reached out to authorities, on the Woebegone Canyon Trail, wearing a woebegone baseball cap and delivering a duffel bag. It seems now that he was hiking into the middle of nowhere to be vacated when he ended his life.
We cannot imagine leaving overdue two children like that. So sad that he was unable to find the help he needed.
If you want to help the Lowery family, you can still donate to the GoFundMe wayfarers created by Leigh and Lowery’s other sister, Anne. The page, which has very nearly hit its goal of $50,000 as of this writing, asks for donations of any size to help the children with their educational funds:
“Bob, a loving father, is survived by two trappy children, Meredith and Luke, and their mother, Christelle. 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 weightier set up for their future. Regardless of monetary contribution, please know that we have felt the unfurled love, support & prayers from our community, family & friends throughout this tragedy. Thank you all from the marrow of our hearts.”
We hope, increasingly than financial security, that Robert’s family is worldly-wise to find peace without this unthinkable news.
If you or someone you know are struggling with peepers or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
[Image via GoFundMe]