Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DEVELOPING: Lorenzen Wright's Body Found, Possible Homicide

((HT: MyFoxMemphis))

The missing persons case of NBA veteran Lorenzen Wright has, apparently, come to an unfortunate ending in southeast Memphis. Wright's body was found with multiple gunshot wounds.

Wright's body was found in a wooded area off of the intersection of Hacks Cross and Winchester, and was located behind the Fieldstone Apartments in the Southwind area across the street from the TPC course where the St. Jude Children's Classic is played every year on the PGA Tour.

MPD sources told local media that there were at least a dozen gunshot wounds on Wright's person.

Elliott Perry was a live guest for MyFoxMemphis...
Lauren Lee leads their early coverage...

1830 UPDATE: The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Germantown ((TN)) police are investigating a 9-1-1 call hang-up that reportedly came from Wright's cell phone on the 19th. After the operator heard gunshots, the phone was hung up.

Kristina Goetz and Beth Warren report for the CA:

Wright was thought to be carrying some amount of cash when he was last seen leaving his ex-wife’s Collierville home, fueling concerns he may be the victim of foul play, according to a Collierville police report released today.

2050 UPDATE: Here's coverage from our friends at WREG-TV
Team coverage starts with Tom Poweel indoors...

2315 UPDATE: Here's early coverage from our friends at WMC-TV
First, when news broke of confirming the body was Wright's...

Goetz and Warren's coverage from the Commercial Appeal yielded the following from the 9-1-1 call that is being investigated...

The (9-1-1) dispatcher heard a garbled male voice utter an expletive, then at least 10 gunshots.
“Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?” the dispatcher said.
Then the phone went dead.
The dispatcher called back.
No one answered.

Coverage continued on WMC-TV in their second hour...

MyFoxMemphis' Greg Gaston caught up with a lot of those close to Wright on the evening the body was discovered... including Former SW Tennessee CC Men's Head Basketball Coach Verties Sails, former Tigers Jeremy Hunt, Andre Allen and Elliot Perry and friend Charles Nelson, a former Treadwell High School Basketball player.

Here's MyFoxMemphis' nightside coverage with Lauren Lee again at a calmer scene...

A news conference with MPD is scheduled in the morning where they hope to have more details of what, possibly, led to the death of Lorenzen Wright.

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