Body of missing Brent man found in GreenvilleBy Emily Reed Published 3:55pm Monday, April 7, 2014
A missing Bibb County man who previously lived in Maplesville was found dead Saturday in Greenville.
Bobby Seales, 40, went missing March 28 in Brent, between 8 and 9 a.m., according to Brent Police Chief Terry Nichols.
Seales told his family that he was going to get gas to fill up his car and he never returned home.
“His wife reported him missing about 6 p.m. on March 28,” Nichols said.
Nichols said he was notified by the Greenville Police Department around 10 a.m. on Saturday that a body had been found inside of the truck matching the description of the one Seales was driving with Seales’ identification.
The Greenville Advocate reported on Saturday that Greenville police were called to Old Mexico on Saturday morning after a restaurant employee discovered a dead body in a truck parked in the parking lot.
After arriving on the scene, authorities found a man, whose identity has not yet been released by the Greenville Police Department, and a .22 caliber rifle in the rear seat of a crew cab Toyota Tacoma.
According to restaurant employees, the truck had been parked in a corner spot of the lot since April 1.
“We’re conducting a death investigation, which includes a possible criminal aspect, but right now the initial investigation is pointing to a suicide,” Lt. Justin Lovvorn of the Greenville Police Department told The Greenville Advocate. “Until we know that for sure, after we receive the autopsy, we’ll treat this as a criminal act and follow anything we get from the evidence we’ve collected at the scene.”
Nichols said hundreds of volunteers including friends and family showed up to search the Bibb County area to locate Seales after he disappeared.
“It is hard to say just how many people showed up to help try to find him,” Nichols said. “We just didn’t know if he was still in Bibb County or if he had gone to another county.”
Nichols said various law enforcement agencies from different parts of the state spent time helping with the investigation, including officers from the Clanton Police Department.
Nichols said Seales did have a cell phone with him at the time he went missing, but efforts to track the phone were unsuccessful.
“There had been no contact with the phone since about an hour or two after he had gone missing,” Nichols said.
Seales is survived by his wife, Misty Seales, and three children.
The family lived in the Maplesville area for a short time in 2008, according to Nichols.
Nichols said the distance between Brent and Greenville is more than 100 miles.
Angela Finnen, a close friend of the family, said the family is devastated.
“Bobby will be missed more than anyone could imagine,” Finnen said. “The family appreciates all thoughts and prayers at this time.”
The Greenville Advocate Managing Editor Andy Brown contributed to this report.