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Monday, November 19, 2007

They Found His Body

posted by on November 19 at 10:36 AM

The latest in the Tony Harris story, according to the cover of today’s Seattle P-I:

The search for a missing former Washington State University basketball star ended Sunday when his body was found in the city of Formosa in Brazil, according to Brazilian news accounts.

Harris was found in a vacant lot with an electrical cord tied around his neck, Brazilian media reported…

He phoned his wife, Lori Harris, of Kent, Nov. 2 from Brazil, and said he feared for his life and had been hearing rumors involving himself.

Harris also told her that if he didn’t leave right away, he would not make it out of the country. His team was holding Harris’ passport.

Just checked the P-I’s website for updates—they’re good about updates—and according to an Associated Press story posted at 8:15 am, authorities in Sao Paolo are thinking suicide might the cause of death. And the instrument has gone from being an electrical cord to being a shoelace.

The spokesman, Norton Luiz, says the shoelace from one of his sneakers was around his neck when the body was found yesterday at the base of a tree, as if it fell from the branches. He also says police are not ruling out homicide.

An anonymous tip led police to find the body in a wooded area at an Army training ground near the town of Formosa, about 50 miles from the capital of Brasilia.


(At 9:55 am, the Seattle Times reported that AP story.)

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This totally caught me off guard. I've been following this story and really thought he was going to make it back safely. Fucking horrible.

Posted by kid icarus | November 19, 2007 10:48 AM

The Times had it much earlier this morning. The 9:55 was a reported-out update with a lot more info than the P-I. Generally, the Times kicks the P-I's butt with Web updates.

Posted by Tony | November 19, 2007 11:01 AM

This guy was in my class at Garfield.

I don't suppose the State Department will be doing any saber-rattling on Harris's behalf. Not like he was an oil executive or something.

"Suicide." You've gotta be fucking kidding me.

Posted by Judah | November 19, 2007 11:04 AM

The bigger they are, the more likely, um, they are to be able to hang themselves with their own shoelaces.

Posted by kinaidos | November 19, 2007 11:07 AM

So the guy calls home saying he fears for his life, then is found dead by hanging after the police receive a tip, and the police think this is suicide? I guess that's South American justice for you.

Posted by Greg | November 19, 2007 11:09 AM

What kind of fucked up shit is this? And why couldn't the American embassy help get him out of there? Useless fuckers.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 19, 2007 11:31 AM

Does anyone know *why* he was afraid for his life, or what these rumors involving him were supposed to be about?

Posted by Mittens Schrodinger | November 19, 2007 11:48 AM

sounds like organized crime to me. maybe he was peripherally involved and knew too much.

Posted by dna | November 19, 2007 11:54 AM

I am sad for his wife and family. It's a horrible, horrible story. :(

Posted by Nay | November 19, 2007 12:20 PM

This stinks to high heaven. This poor guy got rolled up in some dirty business and it's not going to become an international incident why?

Fuck an oil tycoon. If he were a 14 year old blond girl Nancy Grace would be going all post partum on Brazil's ass right now.

This seems conspicuously overlooked in National media.

Posted by We're Just Dumb, Right? | November 19, 2007 12:47 PM

@10 "...a 14 year old blond girl Nancy Grace would be going all post partum on Brazil's ass right now."


Posted by Lake | November 19, 2007 1:37 PM

If this is a suicide i'll eat my hat. I cannot believe it is being reported as such without serious speculatiuon that that story is total BS. I have no faith that there is any serious diligence on the part of the state department to find out what really happened to him.

Posted by longball | November 19, 2007 2:55 PM

Attention to all brothers:

Stay out of Brazil.

Posted by Shaniqua Jackson | November 19, 2007 3:20 PM

The Stranger likes to puff up the PI whenever they get a chance. I guess it's that underdog thing. Look it up: Your little underdog is owned by a faceless media conglomerate based in NYC who couldn't give a shit about a jerkwater town like Seattle and can't wait to pull the plug on it's money-sucking PI.

Why, it's like comparing the Weekly to the Stranger, isn't it?

Posted by First! | November 19, 2007 6:30 PM

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