Police seek cause of death of race fan found near Talladega


With her body now having been recovered, police are waiting for forensic tests to determine the cause of death of a woman who disappeared while reportedly on her way to watch the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway last month.

According to police reports, Theresa Benn, 42, disappeared in the early morning of Oct. 19, several hours before the Geico 500.

Benn was the second race fan reportedly heading to Talladega to attend a race to go missing within the last 18 months.

Georgia resident Nicholas Bower disappeared prior to the May 2013 race and was also eventually found in creek waters near the racetrack, 10 days after he went missing.

Police have said there is no connection between the deaths or with the racetrack as a whole,

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A volunteer from a search party discovered the remains of Benn’s body last Saturday (Nov. 22) in Choccolocco Creek in the Jackson Shoals area of Lincoln, Alabama.

The discovery of Benn’s remains were discovered approximately one mile east of the speedway and close to where she was last seen, near the intersection of Eastaboga Road and Speedway Boulevard, according to WIAT TV.

The area had been previously combed in prior searches, but this time the body of the mother of three was located.

“After the description of the clothing, there was no doubt in anybody’s mind that it was her, but of course you have to wait for positive identification,” Tim Miller, the founder and director of Equusearch, a national organization that was brought in to expand the search for Benn, told WIAT TV. ”(I) was kind of surprised in (a) ways that she was even that close.”

Equusearch is based in Texas and had come to the area to search for Benn after a request by Lincoln police. While searchers expected to be in the area for several days, Benn’s remains were located within a few hours of the start of the search, Miller said.

Benn’s remains are being analyzed for cause of death by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, but media reports indicate there were no signs of trauma or wounds to the body.

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