- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) The brother of missing former NBA player Bison Dele remained in a coma and was still listed in critical condition yesterday. Meanwhile, FBI agents investigating the disappearance of Dele and two others were expected to leave Tahiti over the weekend.
Dele's brother, Miles Dabord, 35, also known as Kevin Williams, was identified by the FBI on Thursday, five days after he was found comatose in Tijuana, Mexico, and taken to a California hospital. The FBI arrested him on suspicion of impersonating his brother while trying to buy $152,000 in gold.
Dabord's mother, Patricia Phillips, told the Los Angeles Times she fears her son may have tried to commit suicide in a fit of guilt, somehow believing he was responsible for his brother's disappearance. On Friday, she was at his bedside in Scripps Hospital in San Diego.
"I wanted to hug him, to stroke his face, to hold his hand," she said.
Authorities searching Dele's 55-foot catamaran at a Tahitian port discovered traces of what appeared to be blood inside and outside the vessel, Michel Marotte, Tahiti's chief prosecutor, said Friday.
The findings must be verified in a laboratory "but it does seem to be blood traces," he told the Associated Press.
Marotte said there is reason to think 33-year-old Dele, his 30-year-old girlfriend Serena Karlan and Bertrand Saldo, the captain of Dele's sailboat, were killed July6 or 7 during a layover in Tahiti.
Investigators are working on the suspicion a single person committed the killings, and "that is the brother of the victim," Marotte said, referring to Dabord.
Marc Norel, the director of the port cafe in Taravao, said yesterday that French police had questioned him about Dabord's comings and goings.
"He was alone, he seemed normal. Dabord waited several days for the tide to go down, but wound up leaving the boat in the harbor," Norel said.
The catamaran was encircled by yellow police tape, but was unguarded.
Dele changed his name from Brian Williams during an NBA career in which he played for several teams, including one of the Chicago Bulls' world championship squads. The free-spirited center walked away from a $35million contract with the Detroit Pistons in 1999.
Dabord was traveling with Dele and his party on a trip from New Zealand to Hawaii.

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