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Police: Body pulled from Delaware River likely that of 'Pete' Nelson

9/1/2007 - NBA Jameer Nelson Orlando Magic + more

WILMINGTON, Del. -- Authorities pulled a body from the
Delaware River on Saturday and there is a "strong likelihood" it
is the missing father of Orlando Magic star Jameer Nelson, police
said.

Floyd "Pete" Nelson, 57, an employee at a tugboat company, was
last seen Thursday working in a dry dock area in the Philadelphia
suburb of Chester, Pa. Divers and trained dogs searched the river
all day Friday but the search was suspended around 4 p.m.

Police in Delaware said a boater called 911 on Saturday after
spotting the body of a black male floating in the river near Fox
Point Park in Wilmington. The body was recovered around 2 p.m.

There was a "strong likelihood" that the body was Floyd
Nelson's but police were unable to confirm it, said Delaware State
Police spokesman Sgt. Joshua A. Bushweller.

"We're going to do official fingerprinting, or a family member
may do a positive identification," Bushweller said.

Floyd Nelson's lunch and car keys were found in the tug's
kitchen area, and his car was nearby, according to Chester police.
Nelson, a welder, has worked for the tub boat company for about a
decade.

Jameer Nelson was a basketball standout at Chester High School
and Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He was a first-round
draft pick in the 2004 NBA draft and is the starting point guard
for the Magic.