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The search for Gabby Petito led police to find another body

A Texas father who went missing was found after the search for Gabby Petito intensified

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A helicopter aids the FBI and police and sheriff’s departments in North Port, Fla., as they search for Brian Laundrie.

A helicopter aids crews with the FBI and North Port Police and Sheriff’s Department as they search for any signs of Brian Laundrie at Carlton Reserve Park in Venice, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

Andrea Melendez, Naples Daily News via Associated Press

The search for Gabby Petito led officials in Wyoming to find the body of a Texas father who went missing in August, according to CNN.

Texas father Robert Lowery, 46, went missing in late August when he went to Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. He was last seen at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village. 

The Bridger-Teton National Forest may sound familiar, as that’s near the same location where Petito’s body was found on Sept. 19.

Petito’s body was found about eight days after she was reported missing. She and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, had gone on a cross-country road trip. But only Laundrie returned home. Petito’s body was later discovered, with Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue saying she died by homicide.

But the search led authorities to find Lowery’s body. KPRC-TV reports that authorities found a body that matched Lowery’s description outside of the Black Canyon Trail, which is near the Teton Pass.

Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Sachse told “Dateline” that the police officials received more tips and information about the area because of the recent Petito coverage, according to the New York Post.

Petito’s story has made national headlines throughout the last month. But there are “tens of thousands of missing person stories that do not garner such intense interest,” according to CNN.

In fact, there were about 90,000 active missing persons cases in the U.S. by the end of 2020, per CNN. It’s unclear how many of these people, if any, have been found since then.