July 2002. Tahiti, French Polynesia. On July 6, 2002, Bison Dele, Serena Karlan, Miles Dabord, and Bertrand Saldo left the island of Tahiti bound for Raiatea and eventually Hawaii. They were on a catamaran named the Hakuna Matata owned by Bison. He had ended a lucrative NBA career in 1999 and set out to travel the world. He was joined in early 2002 by his girlfriend, Serena, and his brother, Miles. Bertrand was the captain of the boat. However, no one heard from the boat after July 8 and none of the passengers arrived in Raiatea. Where was the Hakuna Matata? An unexpected business transaction would hold the key to this mystery.
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Pistons’ Dele Retires CBS News 10/22/1999
Player’s brother sought/FBI searching for brother of ex-NBA player SF Gate 9/12/2002
FBI Searches Missing Dele’s Sailboat SF Gate 9/15/2002
Witnesses say Dele’s brother brought boat in alone ESPN 9/16/2002
Just missing or triple murder? Dele case is a test of faith SF Gate 9/18/2002
Divers Seek Clues in Dele Case AP News 9/19/2002
Brother Of Bison Dele Found in Coma The New York Times 9/20/2002
Dele and Dabord: The Twisting Trail Of Two Brothers The New York Times 9/22/2002
Search Ends for Dele, Companions SF Gate 9/24/2002
High Seas Mystery South Florida Sun-Sentinel 9/25/2002
Suspect taken off life support Chicago Tribune 9/27/2002
Prime suspect in case dies Chicago Tribune 9/29/2019
Dearly departed Rocky Mountain News 10/12/2002
Brothers Linked in Mystery Recalled The New York Times 10/13/2002
Dabord’s Autopsy Released Los Angeles Times 1/30/2003
Lost Soul Sports Illustrated 10/21/2013
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