Dispatchers Couldn't Verify Location Of 911 Call

Published August 3, 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police reports show dispatchers didn't alert patrol officers to a 911 call from the phone of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright because they couldn't pinpoint that it came from inside their suburban Memphis jurisdiction.

Wright's body was found in woods last week after he had been missing for 10 days. He was shot to death.

Germantown dispatchers said their mapping systems couldn't plot the precise location of the call but the latitude and longitude indicated it came from outside their town. They said they couldn't tell that the phone belonged to Wright, a local sports hero.

Top police officials in the suburb of Germantown are investigating how the 911 call was handled. When investigators learned of the call July 28, they used information from it to find Wright's body.

Written by Associated Press

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