Teton Park Police Still Searching for Three Missing People | Cops and courts
Authorities in Jackson Hole are still trying to locate three missing people in and around Teton County.
Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito and Robert Lowery, whose cases are separate, were each reported missing last week, although the two were last seen in late August.
The other missing person, Cian McLaughlin, was reported missing in mid-June.
Authorities describe Petito as a 22-year-old woman, 5 feet 5 inches tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was living in Florida and was said to have last heard from around August 24 in Grand Teton National Park. Her parents filed a missing person report on September 11, about two weeks after their last phone conversation.
Petito, who had been traveling in a van since early July, had planned to go to Yellowstone National Park and continued texting his mother until the end of August, although his mother has since clarified to media that she not sure if the person texting her after their last phone call was her daughter.
She was accompanied by her partner, Brian Laundrie, who Petito’s family said returned to Florida, hired a lawyer and refused to sit with investigators.
Petito was traveling across the country in a 2012 Ford Transit van with the Florida license plate QFTG03, according to a press release from the Suffolk County, New York City police.
“We, along with several law enforcement agencies, are leading this part of the investigation into Gabrielle Petito’s fate,” Teton Park spokesman CJ Adams said. “As the investigation is ongoing, we have no further information to provide at this time.”
Petito’s father, Joe Petito, told Newsday that his daughter’s disappearance looked like “drowning with your hands tied behind you.” You can’t describe it. You can’t do nothing. You can’t control anything.
Police investigators are asking anyone with information about her disappearance to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Calls can remain anonymous.
Robert “Bob” Lowery, a visitor from Texas who has been missing in Jackson Hole for more than two weeks, had never been to Jackson before and potentially intended to go camping, according to his sister.
Lowery, 46, has brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap with the letter P, a blue down vest, a plaid shirt and blue jeans, according to the Deputy Sheriff Chad Sachse.
Lowery was seen on video Aug. 19 at Piste Mountain Bistro at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Sachse said. It is believed he took a Lyft to Pearl Street Bagels in Wilson the next 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 on August 23 in Jackson. The phone is no longer working or cannot be tracked, Sachse said.
Before Lowery left Houston, he canceled his mail, Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse said.
His sister, Leigh Lowery, told News & Guide that Bob had recently acquired a sleeping bag and a tent, but had no camping experience. She speculated that he might be working somewhere in town.
The sheriff’s office is asking the public to call dispatch at 733-2331 if they’ve seen or spoken with Lowery since August 20.
Cian McLaughlin, missing since June, was seen around 2:30 p.m. on June 8, walking up the Lupine Meadows Trail in shorts, tank top, hat and sunglasses.
Park spokesperson CJ Adams said he was last seen in the late afternoon or early evening on June 8, 2021, while hiking the south side from the Bradley / Taggart Moraine, heading south toward Taggart Lake.
He is 6 feet and 27 years old. He didn’t have a backpack, according to a local resident who passed McLaughlin on the trail.
Since McLaughlin went missing – four days after his last visit on June 8 – the park’s investigative team have spoken to more than 140 people with advice and information. Over 45 helicopter search missions have been conducted, some using RECCO rescue technology and thermal imaging cameras.
Teton Park officials scaled back their efforts after a week of intensive searches involving dozens of park employees. They searched the Garnet Canyon area extensively but found no sign of McLaughlin.
Adams said Monday that there was no known link between the three missing persons or their cases.