Talladega mystery: Did missing woman even make it to NASCAR race? Second fan to disappear in 18 months


For the second time in 18 months, police in the area of Talladega Superspeedway are investigating the disappearance of a race fan who had intended to go to the Sprint Cup race at the 2.66-mile racetrack.

According to The Associated Press, police are searching for Teresa Benn, 42, of Calhoun County, Ala. Benn also goes by the names of Theresa Andrews and Theresa Dulaney, police said.

Lincoln (Ala.) police investigator Matt Hill said Benn was last seen in the early hours of Sunday near the racetrack on Speedway Industrial Drive, which borders Lincoln. Also investigating are Talladega County sheriff’s investigators.

According to AI.com, Benn left her husband “because she wanted to go to the race and he did not.”

Authorities are not sure if Benn even made it to the track later Sunday for the Geico 500. She was reported missing about two hours after the race, just before 7:30 pm CT.

Hill told the AP that Benn’s disappearance is being treated as a missing person’s case for now.

According to AI.com, Benn was last seen wearing blue jeans, pink cowboy boots, a black tank top and a large, diamond-covered belt and buckle.

Benn is the second missing person at Talladega in the last 18 months. In May 2013, Nicholas Bower of Georgia disappeared the night before the Cup race at the track. His body was found 10 days later in a nearby creek, but authorities said foul play was not involved in Bower’s death.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Benn on Sunday or has other information is asked to call Investigator Hill at 205-763-4063.

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