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Investigators hoping to clear silence around Lorenzen Wright case

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - More than three months after NBA star Lorenzen Wright was found murdered, there is a mysterious silence surrounding the case.

For 10 days, no one even knew Wright was murdered.  Collierville investigators considered him a missing person, with no reason to believe foul play was involved.

The body of the former Memphis Grizzlies and Tigers star was found in a wooded area in July.  For the 88 days since, tips to the Crime Stoppers line are virtually nonexistent.

"The most unusual thing about the case is that you have the mystery murder of a very prominent person," said Crime Stoppers Executive Director Buddy Chapman.  "Nobody seems to know anything about it."

Chapman spoke to Action News 5 by phone because he was out of town.

"It's just sort of not on the charts," said Chapman.  "That is passing strange to me."

City Council Member Harold Collins is hoping to get the streets talking by adding Wright to its reward list of heinous crimes.  If approved Tuesday, a tipster in the case could get $5,000.

Chapman said the money may not be enough.

"It is just my personal opinion, in a case where you have such profound silence from the community, because somebody out there ... knows exactly what happened," said Chapman.  "In order to shake those tongues loose so to speak, I think it would take $50,000, and preferably $100,000."

Wright's mother, Deborah Marion, has been working to raise reward funds.  So far, it has been slow going.

"We just need to find out who murdered my son," said Marion.

If you want to give to the Wright Reward Fund, you can do so at any Regions Bank.

If you know anything that could help solve the Wright case, call the anonymous tip line at 901-528-CASH.

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