Jackson Hole authorities are still attempting to locate three people reported to be missing in and around Teton County.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito and Robert Lowery, whose cases are separate, were each reported missing in the last week, though both were last seen toward the end of August.
The other missing person, Cian McLaughlin, was reported missing in mid-June.
Authorities describe Petito as a 22-year-old, 5-foot-5-inch tall woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was living in Florida and reportedly last heard from around Aug. 24 in Grand Teton National Park. Her parents filed a missing person’s report Sept. 11, about two weeks after they last spoke to her over the phone.
Petito, who had been traveling in a van since early July, had plans to go to Yellowstone National Park and continued texting her mother until the end of August, though her mother has since clarified to the media that she isn’t sure whether the person texting her after their last phone call was her daughter.
She was accompanied by her partner, Brian Laundrie, who, according to Petito’s family, returned to Florida, hired a lawyer and refused to sit down with investigators.
Petito was traveling around the country in a 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida license plate QFTG03, according to a Suffolk County, New York, Police news release.
“We are conducting, with multiple law enforcement agencies, this part of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s whereabouts,” said Teton park spokesperson CJ Adams. “As the investigation is ongoing, we do not have any further information to provide at this time.”
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, told Newsday his daughter’s disappearance feels like “drowning with your hands tied behind you. You can’t describe it. There’s nothing you can do. You can’t control anything.”
The FBI has set up a national hotline to receive tips: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324). That is the primary tip line.
Robert “Bob” Lowery, a visitor from Texas who has been missing in Jackson Hole for over two weeks, had never been to Jackson before and potentially had plans to go camping, according to his sister.
Lowery, 46, has brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with the letter P, a blue down vest, a plaid shirt and blue jeans, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse.
Lowery was seen Aug. 19 on video at Piste Mountain Bistro at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Sachse said. It is believed he took a Lyft to Pearl Street Bagels in Wilson the following day.
Another video shows Lowery entering a Lyft with a black Nike duffel bag.
In an attempt to locate Lowery, the sheriff’s office pinged his cell phone: The last ping location was Aug. 23 in Jackson. The phone is no longer working or trackable, Sachse said.
Before Lowery left Houston, he canceled his mail, sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse said.
His sister, Leigh Lowery, told the News&Guide that Bob had recently acquired a sleeping bag and a tent, but had no camping experience. She speculated he may be working somewhere around town.
The sheriff’s office asks the public to call dispatch at 733-2331 if they have seen or spoken with Lowery since Aug. 20.
Cian McLaughlin, who has been missing since June, was seen around 2:30 p.m. June 8, hiking up from the Lupine Meadows Trailhead wearing shorts, a tank top, bucket hat and sunglasses.
Park spokesman C.J. Adams said he was last seen late in the afternoon or early evening, June 8, 2021, hiking on the south side of the Bradley/Taggart Moraine, headed south towards Taggart Lake.
He is 6 feet tall and 27 years old. He didn’t have a backpack, according to a local resident who crossed paths with McLaughlin on the trail.
Since McLaughlin was reported missing — four days after he was last seen June 8 — the park’s investigation team spoke with more than 140 people with tips and information. More than 45 helicopter search missions were conducted, some using RECCO rescue technology and thermal imaging cameras.
Teton Park officials scaled back the efforts after a week of intensive searches involving dozens of park staff. They intensively searched the Garnet Canyon area but found no signs of McLaughlin.
Adams said Monday there was no known connection between the three missing persons, or their cases.
Anyone who might have encountered McLaughlin is asked to call or text a tip line at 888-653-0009; tips can also be emailed to email@example.com or submitted online by going to NPS.gov/ISB and clicking “Submit a Tip.”
This article has been updated to correct the phone number for tips. — Ed.