Body Found on Golf Course Is Missing Potato Chip Scion

Police: Body in pond is Alabama lawyer Major Bashinsky.

ByABC News
March 16, 2010, 5:46 PM

March 16, 2010— -- The body of a man found floating in a Birmingham golf course pond has been identified as the missing heir to an Alabama potato chip fortune, police said today.

Three golfers saw the body floating in the pond Monday. Police said investigators used dental records Tuesday to determine the remains found were those of Major Bashinsky, a 63-year-old lawyer from Mountain Brook, Ala., who went missing on March 3.

Chief Deputy Pat Curry said the cause of death has not been determined. Curry said he did not know how long Bashinsky had been in the water.

Chief Johnny Stanley, of the Mountain Brook Police Department, told The Associated Press that "We still don't know if we have a homicide or a suicide."

Contrary to other media reports, Stanley said Bashinsky was not in a bag when his body was found.

The Bashinsky family is the majority shareholder in the investment company that owns Golden Enterprises, a regional chip manufacturer that had $122 million in sales in the last fiscal year.

Bashinsky was last seen at a Birmingham office building on March 3. His car was found several days later, just two miles from the Highland Park Golf Course, where the body was discovered.