On Thursday, July 22, 2010 a family member of Lorenzen Wright filed a missing persons report with the Collierville Police Department. Wright was last seen at his ex-wife’s house on Sunday, July 18th shortly before midnight.
Through the course of the Collierville Police Department’s missing person’s investigation, it was discovered that a 911 call was placed from Wright’s phone in the early hours of July 19th. After extensive examination, investigators determined that the call was made from the area south of Poplar Pike and west of Hacks Cross Rd.
Due to the potential overlapping of several jurisdictions, the Collierville Police Department requested to meet with representatives from adjoining agencies. On Wednesday July 28th at 9:00am Collierville PD, the Germantown PD, the Shelby County Sheriffs Department and the Memphis Police Department’s Homicide Bureau met to discuss the investigation.
At this meeting, coordinated by the Collierville Police Department, each agency committed resources to assist in searching for any evidence related to the 911 call and the missing person’s investigation.
Collierville and Germantown investigators combed the areas and interviewed witnesses while the Memphis Police Department’s Air Support Unit searched the area from the air and the Shelby County Sheriffs Department deployed search dogs in the wooded areas.
At approximately 2:20 PM on Wednesday July 28, 2010 Shelby County Emergency Services Search and Rescue located the body of Lorenzen Wright off of Callis Cutoff between Hacks Cross Rd and Germantown Road in Southeast Memphis. Memphis Police Department Homicide investigators made the scene and took over the investigation. Through identification of dental records, the Shelby County Medical Examiner has officially identified the victim as that of Lorenzen Wright. The cause of death has been ruled as homicide by gunshot wound.
The Memphis Police Department will continue this investigation. As is done in every homicide investigation, investigators continue to work around the clock to bring justice to Mr. Wright and his family.
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