Authorities search for Georgia man missing from Talladega campsite
by Rachael Griffin
rgriffin@annistonstar.com
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Nicholas Bower with his nephew, Rhys. Bower has been missing from Talladega Superspeedway since Saturday and local law enforcement area searching the are for him. (Photo provided by Bower's family)
Nicholas Bower with his nephew, Rhys. Bower has been missing from Talladega Superspeedway since Saturday and local law enforcement area searching the are for him. (Photo provided by Bower's family)
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TALLADEGA — Jennifer Boesch woke up around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway. Her boyfriend of four years, Nicholas Bower, 28, was not nearby. Boesch said she’d left Bower hours earlier sitting around a campfire with friends after they’d spent Saturday watching the NASCAR races in the rain. Boesch and friends searched nearby campsites for Bower, but no one had seen him.

Talladega authorities said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon they are using every resource available to search for Bower.

Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore said his office is using boats, dogs and aircraft to comb the area where Bower, of Villa Rica, Ga., was last seen.

Bower’s campsite was in the South Park area of the speedway, according to a release from the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office.

Bower is 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 185 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with “FASTENAL” printed on the front and a black hat with “FASTENAL” written on it, the release said. Fastenal is the name of his employer, a distributor of construction products in Atlanta.

Kilgore said the search for Bower began Monday morning.

“These efforts are continuing and the search is ongoing,” Kilgore said. “We don’t know a lot more today than we did yesterday.”

The sheriff said he’s never heard of someone completely disappearing after the race. He said he’s had people initially report that a family member was missing during the race, but they’d be reunited shortly after.

Kilgore said maintenance and security personnel at the speedway have assisted the Sheriff’s Office in its search. The Etowah County Rescue Squad is also involved, Kilgore said.

Bridget Chambers, Bower’s sister, tearfully asked that anyone with information contact law enforcement.

“We’re grasping at straws,” Chambers said. “He disappeared without a trace.”

Chambers, 31, of Indianapolis, said it’s abnormal for her brother to avoid contact with his family and friends.

“I’ve never seen him do anything remotely like this,” Boesch said. “It’s completely out of character.”

Bower works as the assistant hub manager for Fastenal in Atlanta, Chambers said.

Boesch described Bower as a huge racing fan who goes to the Indianapolis 500 every year.

Both Chambers and Boesch asked people to check their recreational vehicles, tents and campers for anything that could help police find Bower.

Anyone with information regarding Bower’s whereabouts is asked to call the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office at 256-362-6117.

Staff Writer Rachael Griffin: 256-235-3562. On Twitter @RGriffin_Star.
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