Search continues for missing man
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA COUNTY – Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore held a press conference with family members of Nicholas Bower of Villa Rica, Ga., who came to the race with his girlfriend but has not been seen since Saturday night.

Bower is described as a 28-year-old white male, 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. He was last seen in the South Park campground at around 11 p.m. Saturday. At that time, he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt with Fastenal on the front of it and a black Fastenal cap with a mesh back. He may also have been wearing a gray NorthFace jacket. He is employed by Fastenal in Georgia, according to the initial press release.

Kilgore said the search had been ongoing since Monday. “We are using all the resources available to us,” he said. “And we have called in other agencies.”

So far, the search has utilized tracking dogs, boats, aircraft, four-wheelers and searchers on foot. Kilgore thanked all of the outside agencies that volunteered to help with the search, particularly the Etowah County Rescue Squad and the track’s operation/maintenance and security staff, among others.

Kilgore then introduced Donna Bower, the mother of the missing man; Brigette Chambers, his sister; and Jennifer Boesch, his girlfriend of the last four years.

Boesch, still wearing wading boots from the search, said Bower had “never done anything remotely like this. I’m asking everyone to check all your tents, vehicles, RVs, everything. Then double check.”

Boesch said she and Bower did not get their tent up before the rain started, so they were planning to sleep in his truck. She said she woke up about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, and Bower was not there. She began asking around immediately, to no avail.

Bower was a huge race fan, she added. His mother and sister had come to aid in the search, but did not come with them to the race.

Kilgore asked that anyone with relevant information call the Talladega County Sheriff’s Department at 256-362-6117 or contact your local law enforcement.

“We’re still pursuing all avenues, and if anyone knows anything, please come forward,” he said. “I’m sorry there’s not much more detail I can give, but I do want to thank everyone that supported the search.”

When asked if disappearances like this were common at the race track, Kilgore said, “Every case is different, but I’ve never really had one quite like this.

“Please keep this family and all the searchers in your thoughts and prayers,” he added.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com.

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