Posted Nov. 20, 2007 – Just a day after the wife of an American basketball player went on national TV to say that her husband had been missing in Brazil for two weeks, police said they found his body in the capital city of Brasilia, in a dense thicket “slumped against a tree.”
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Lori Harris, the pregnant wife of Tony Harris, a 36-year-old former standout at Washington State University basketball, said that her husband sounded worried, when she last spoke to him, as if his life might be in danger.
Police spokesman Norton Luiz said he found Harris, who played for a professional team in Brasilia, after receiving an anonymous tip.
The body was against a tree “in an Army training ground and with the shoelace of one of his sneakers wrapped around his neck,” Luiz said. “We believe he may have committed suicide because it appears the body fell from one of the tree’s branches, although we are not ruling out homicide.”
The state of the body suggests that Harris died about five days before he was found, near the small central Brazilian town of Formosa. Harris’ father-in-law and a family friend went to Brazil Monday to identify the body.
Jorge Bastos, one of the directors of the Universo basketball team, for which Harris played, said that “according to some of the other players, Harris appeared to be nervous and overly anxious about something, but he never said what was bothering him.”
Harris, a shooting guard who had played professionally in Asia and South America, would have turned 37 Sunday.
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