Teton County Search and Rescue will begin searching Tuesday for Robert “Bob” Lowery, a visitor from Houston last seen hiking near Teton Pass over a month ago, around the Black Canyon Trail.
Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr directed Search and Rescue volunteers to begin looking for Lowery at the point where he was last seen. Until now, the Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Lowery’s disappearance but had not deployed a search team.
The last credible sighting of Lowery, a father of two children who were not with him when he came to Jackson, was Aug. 20 around 3 p.m. on the Black Canyon Trail sitting by a rock, according to two hikers who reported seeing him to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. The hikers, who noted Lowery’s black Nike duffel bag, said he was alone.
He didn’t seem to be in any distress or needing any assistance, according to the witnesses who spoke with staff at the sheriff’s office. But that was over a month ago, and Lowery hasn’t been heard from since.
The last known footage of Lowery, taken from a hotel camera, shows him getting into a Lyft with a black Nike duffel bag, which his sister, Leigh Lowery, said contained a grey, single-person Magellan Kings Peak Tent and a blue sleeping bag. That car took Lowery to Pearl Street Bagels in Wilson, off Highway 22 that leads up Teton Pass, where the Black Canyon Trail begins.
Before Lowery left Houston, he transferred his mail to his mother’s house and resigned from his job, his sister said. He also left behind a note saying he was headed to Jackson Hole to explore and have fun.
In an attempt to locate Lowery, law enforcement pinged his cell phone: The last ping location was Aug. 23 around Jackson. The phone is no longer working or trackable, according to sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse.
Lowery, 46, has brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with the letter P, an athletic pullover and blue jeans.
“As you can imagine, the worst part is not knowing and desiring his safe return,” his sister posted on Facebook. “We continue to hope that he is well and will return home safely.”
The sheriff’s office asks the public to call dispatch at 733-2331 if they have seen or spoken with Lowery since Aug. 20. Find a photo of Lowery with the online version of this story at JHNewsAndGuide.com.