Larry Seals, deputy coroner, said Bower’s body was spotted at 11:49 a.m. by an Etowah County Sheriff’s Office helicopter in Choccolocco Creek about a mile and a half from the speedway campground where he was last seen.
Seals said the body was identified as the missing 28-year-old Villa Rica, Ga., man by the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office.
The body was sent to the Alabama Department of Forensics Laboratory in Montgomery for further investigation, Seals said.
Seals said he could not release any information on the condition of the body.
The Talladega County Sheriff’s Office started searching for Bower on May 6 with the help of the Etowah County Rescue Squad. They used dogs, helicopters and boats to comb areas surrounding the speedway.
Bower went to the Talladega Superspeedway for the weekend’s races with his girlfriend, Jennifer Boesch, and a few co-workers from Fastenal, the construction fastener company for which he worked in Atlanta. He was last seen at 11 p.m. sitting in a lawn chair by a fire at the speedway’s South Park campsite with friends.
Boesch said she went to sleep in a car around 9:30 p.m. and when she awoke around 12:30 a.m. Bower was gone.
The creek, just south of the camping area, had been swollen by recent heavy rain.
Bower grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Georgia in October 2010 for a promotion with Fastenal. Bower was described by Boesch as a devoted racing fan who attended the Indianapolis 500 every year.
Bower’s older sister, Bridget Chambers, said he loved to laugh and joke with his family and friends.
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