The last we heard from the After the Burial camp, they were down a guitarist after Justin Lowe announced his exit by leaving a paranoid rant on the band’s Facebook page. The band, for their part, were saddened and concerned about Lowe, asking for everyone to give him support in a message on their social media. Now, Lambgoat reports that on Saturday, Lowe’s sister announced that her brother was missing in Wisconsin. This is apparently taken from her Facebook page:
“My brother Justin went missing this morning. His car has been located and he has been declared a missing person. An extensive search was done today in the area that his car was found in and will continue tomorrow morning. At this time, I ask that you please respect our privacy as we go through this devastating experience. At the same time, we ask for prayers that he is found and safe. As I’m sure there will be many of you messaging me, please know that I am reading them and appreciating your concern, but may not reply. I will continue to post updates as I have them. At this time, the authorities have not asked for the public’s assistance in searching. The area is unsafe and they have every park ranger and sheriff assisting in the search. If that changes, I will let everyone know.”
Yesterday, she apparently issued another update, stating that they still hadn’t found him.
“The search has been completed for today. The ground around the area his car was found has been searched completely. [We] went and walked the trails and along the shore of the St. Croix today, but did not find any sign of him. All search efforts tomorrow will be in the river. We are very impressed with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Park Rangers who have coordinated the search efforts. They are working day and night to find my brother. Thank you to everyone for their prayers.”
This is obviously a developing situation, and a sad and potentially tragic one. Here’s hoping that Lowe is found alive and gets the help he needs. There’s no word on what kind of help he’d been getting once he left the band, but mental illness is no joke and here’s hoping for a positive outcome.