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Body Found In Bay Area Days After 49ers Fan Vanished During Football Game
Ian Powers had been attending the 49ers game with his girlfriend, when he left to use the bathroom and never returned.
The investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a San Francisco 49ers fan last week took a grim turn over the weekend, after a male corpse was turned up by fishermen in a nearby marina.
Ian Powers, 32, was last seen leaving Levi's Stadium toward the end of a 49ers game that he attended with his girlfriend, Chelsea Robbins, and her two children, on Monday night.
He reportedly left his seat in the fourth quarter to use the restroom and never returned.
"He went to the bathroom and then got lost or something," Robbins told local news channel KGO-TV.
On Saturday, fishermen found a body near the Alviso Marina on Saturday afternoon, according to KGO.
Although no identity has been released there is speculation that it could be the U.S. Army veteran who disappeared Nov. 12. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the identity and cause of death for a body, The Mercury News reported.
Surveillance cameras showed Powers leaving the stadium just a few minutes before 9 p.m. during the game’s fourth quarter.
Robbins said she later video chatted with him to try to find where to meet up afterward, but his responses were reportedly “[not] very reasonable or didn’t make sense,” a Santa Clara police captain said, according to the Spokesman-Review.
After Robbins returned to the couple's hotel and was unable to find him, she contacted police. The two would never reconnect
Powers and Robbins had been traveling from Washington to Los Angeles but had stopped in the Bay Area to visit family and attend the game, KGO reports.
His car was later found still parked in the same location at the football stadium parking lot, according to a statement from the Santa Clara Police Department.
The last communication any of Powers’ family had with him was around 10 p.m. that same night, police said.
His uncle, Sean Powers, expressed concern over his nephew’s disappearance.
"It's incredibly unlike him," he told KGO. "He's probably the most responsible person in my family."
Powers was last seen wearing a red 49ers T-shirt, red 49ers hat and blue jeans. There is no word yet whether a body discovered on Saturday was wearing similar clothing.
[Photo Credit: Santa Clara Police Department]