The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


May 10, 2013

Search for missing race fan widens to 2nd campsite

— TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The sister of a Georgia man last seen in a campground outside Talladega Superspeedway says the search has expanded to another campground near the track after a tip from another race fan.

Searchers have been using tracking dogs, boats, aircraft, and four-wheelers in an attempt to find 28-year-old Nicholas Bower of Villa Rica, Ga.

Bower came to the NASCAR race at Talladega with his girlfriend, but went missing from the South Park campground outside the raceway on Saturday night. There's been no indication of foul play, but authorities say they don't know what happened.

The search shifted to the West Park campsite after a race fan called in a tip placing Bower in that area around midnight, his older sister Bridget Chambers told the Anniston Star.

The South Park campsite is located between turn one and turn two. The West Park site is situated near turn four.

Bower had "never done anything remotely like this," his girlfriend Jennifer Boesch said a news conference this week.

"I'm asking everyone to check all your tents, vehicles, RVs, everything. Then double check," Boesch said.

Bower is described as a 28-year-old white male, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds.

Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore described the case as a unique one, the Daily Home newspaper of Talladega reported.

"Every case is different, but I've never really had one quite like this," Kilgore said.

"Please keep this family and all the searchers in your thoughts and prayers," the sheriff added.

Text Only

What is your favorite Easter candy?

Chocolate bunnies
Marshmallow chicks
Chocolate eggs with filling
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee