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.

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