Searchers have found the body of an unidentified hiker near the same mountain park where a 2-month-old infant with Down syndrome was found dead and the body of a 23-year-old hiker has been found, Wyoming sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.
Highway officials said they discovered the body about 10 p.m. Monday along the remote east bench of Pole Creek Canyon near Wilson, Wyoming.
The search for Jake Lowery, 22, of Dixfield, Massachusetts, came after a body was found Feb. 18 in the park. Robert Lowery, 47, was last seen Feb. 12.
A little over a week later, aerial footage shows Gabby Petito cradling the lifeless body of her nearly 2-month-old infant son. The baby’s mother had made a desperate plea for information about her missing boyfriend, Robert Lowery, after a dog-walker discovered his body the day after Petito dropped him off to visit Robert Lowery.
Dixfield firefighter Christopher Martin previously told WBZ-TV that Robert Lowery wasn’t drunk and didn’t sound worried when he left the park to ride his bike. Martin said Lowery wanted to go to his preferred meeting spot, but forgot his shoes.
He had been hiking in Wilson when Gabby Petito’s son, Landon Lovell Petito, was found dead in a creek on Feb. 18. She said Robert Lowery, a 37-year-old Dixfield resident, must have slipped while walking and fallen.
Petito told The Washington Post that she believed Robert Lowery had “lacked judgment” when he ran out in the dark and left behind footprints and his hiking gear for her to find while she was carrying her newborn son and her friend, whose dog had been having trouble walking.
She said the discovery has helped her understand her grief.
“This grief and fear and it always just happened so fast, you know,” she said. “But looking at this, it’s kind of like, maybe there was something else involved. Maybe there wasn’t the best judgment on his part. I need to figure out how to accept that.”