Reported missing since July 19, Lorenzen Wright, the no. 7 overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, a standout at the University Of Memphis and a 13 year pro, was found dead today in southeast Memphis. From the Memphis Commercial-Appeal’s Kristina Goetz and Beth Warren :
A law enforcement source confirmed the body was that of Wright, 34, though the Memphis Police Department won’t officially comment. Police are referring to their ongoing investigation as a “death investigation.”
According to sources, a 9-1-1 call was made from Wright’s cell phone on July 19. A Germantown fire dispatcher could hear the loud blasts of several gunshots. The cellphone call ended at that point.
The body was found by someone who called police today.
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.
He recently flew from Atlanta to Memphis to visit friends and his six children, friends said. He was scheduled to drive back to the Atlanta area July 19, with his six children and a friend. He was last seen at about 2 a.m. July 19, leaving his ex-wife™s Whisperwood Drive home. His former wife told police she doesn™t know who he left with or what type of car they were in, according to the missing person™s report.