UPDATE: An initial report that a body found in Far Rockaway Beach was that of former NBA player Quinton Ross was incorrect, the Post said. The initial report is below.
Quinton Ross, who played for the New Jersey Nets during 2010-2011 season, was found Monday on the Far Rockaway Beach, according to the New York Post. He was 32.
From The Post:
The body of Quinton Ross, 32, was stuffed into a trash bag that was hidden in a patch of weeds midway between the water and the boardwalk at Beach 40th Street, cops said.
A law-enforcement source said he had been reported missing to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, on Thursday.
Ross’ aunt, with whom he’s been living recently, said her mother “saw these men chasing him” before he disappeared.
“People have been calling for Quinton asking about a car or getting some money, but I tell them he doesn’t live here,” Stachia Jacobs of Far Rockaway said near the crime scene.
“Why did they bury him? What could he have done? Those bastards!” she wailed.
Ross’ mom’s fiance said cops located his body by tracking his cell phone and identified him through his clothing.
“It looks like he was murdered and buried in a shallow grave,” said Noel Moses, 61.
It’s unclear if there were any signs of trauma on Ross’ body. Cops said the disposal of his body raised suspicions of foul play, and were awaiting autopsy results from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Ross had stints with the Clippers, Grizzlies, Mavericks and Wizards in addition to his time with the Nets during his seven-year NBA career. Ross earned a reputation as a stout wing defender, playing valuable minutes against Carmelo Anthony during the Clippers' playoff series vs. the Denver Nuggets in 2006.