Three hikers whose vehicle was found in a remote area of Teton National Forest earlier this week were found dead Thursday, bringing to an end the search for missing 32-year-old Burial Express vlogger Gabrielle Petito.
Friends said the Pilipino-American was hit by a snowmobile shortly after falling through a hole she had carved in a ledge next to a trail and had walked for hours, trying to get help.
In a video posted to her personal Facebook account, Petito (pictured) said she went exploring with friends, but fell into a trap and had to hike out of the hole. She ran to find her cellphone, and when she got back to the road she hit another hole, which suddenly opened up.
“The thing I hate the most is that I had to walk on top of it and I hit my neck really hard and I’m in tears right now,” she said in the video.
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A bear then devoured her phone, and Petito was left bleeding.
According to KRTV in Colorado, the lost hikers are the same trio found on Tuesday in a remote area of the Teton National Forest called Lake Ossice. The fatalities were discovered just three days after rescuers began a search for Petito.
Crews spent the day combing a vast area and air-lifting hikers to safety, after one hiker reported hearing heavy equipment near a cairn where she had recently found a body.
While the group of hikers were pronounced dead, rescuers were able to locate a second set of remains — and they were identified as that of Robert Lowery, 32, a Salem, Ore. man who disappeared two weeks ago.
As Fox 9 News in Denver reported, Lowery’s mother reported her son missing after he went camping with some friends and didn’t show up to work. The group had plans to fish and hike, but their plan had to be cancelled after they were lost.
Petito’s girlfriend said in an interview with sister station KRDO on Thursday that the friends who were hiking with her were lost and staying warm by building a fire out of sticks.
Petito is survived by her four dogs and a five-month-old daughter.
GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for Petito’s funeral.