Son Of US Basketball Great Found Dead

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The 19-year-old son of former US basketball star Julius Erving was found dead Thursday inside his car at the bottom of a retention pool near his home in Florida, CNN said.  

Cory Erving's body was behind the wheel of his black Volkswagen Passat under 2.35 meters (eight feet) of water in a pool near his home in Sanford, just north of Orlando in central Florida, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger told reporters. 

An autopsy of the body will be carried out Friday, and the car will be thoroughly inspected "to attempt to gather evidence that will conclude this investigation," the sheriff said. 

Cory went missing May 28 while running an errand for his family, CNN said. 

While Eslinger refused to speculate on the cause of Cory Erving's death, he did confirm that the car appeared to have been immersed for more than one month. 

The sheriff did not rule out foul play, however, adding that everything was still on the table in the investigation. 

After Cory's disappearance, Julius Erving said his son was "a recovering drug and alcohol abuser." Cory was also learning impaired and had a criminal record, including a 1998 arrest for burglary of a motor vehicle. 

He was enrolled in a high-school-equivalency program at a community college in Sanford. 

Cory's family had offered a $25,000 reward for any information leading to Cory's return - (AFP) 


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