Prior to joining the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 2009, Bob Lowery served more than 30 years in public service, with more than 27 of those years as a law enforcement officer. Bob served as the assistant chief of police for the City of Florissant Police Department in the northern suburbs of St. Louis. The majority of his career was spent as a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit, where he directly supervised and investigated homicides, serious assaults, robberies and sex crimes.
Lowery also served as the commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, one of the oldest and the largest multi-jurisdictional homicide task forces in the United States. He is the author of several law enforcement publications on the topics of investigation of violent crime, homicide, unidentified human remains, abducted and missing children, and missing children with special needs. Most recently, he completed the "Law Enforcement Guide to Investigating Cases of Missing and Exploited Children" and the "Response to Missing Special Needs Children" on behalf of NCMEC.
Lowery participated as a member of the Child Abduction Analysis Team for the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime in Quantico, Va. He was an original member of the Board of Advisers for the Team Adam program at NCMEC and served on the selection committee for Team Adam consultants.
He holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Science Degree from Lindenwood University in business and human resource management. He is a graduate of many advanced training schools on police management, including the FBI National Academy, Class 177.