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Search Under Way for Erving’s Son

June 13, 2000

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) _ The 19-year-old son of basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving is ``missing and endangered″ and the public is being asked to help find him, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office did not elaborate on its description of Cory Marvin Erving as ``endangered.″ In July 1998, Cory Erving and his older brother, Cheo Erving, were charged with possessing a crack pipe and burglarizing a car in nearby Altamonte Springs.

The police statement said Cory Erving was last seen by his family on May 28.

``Cory’s family has been working with the sheriff’s office in the hopes of locating him,″ department spokesman Steve Olson said in a release. ``The search has now been expanded as Cory’s information is being distributed to law enforcement across the nation.″

He said the family was offering ``a substantial award″ for the son’s return, but did not provide details.

The family and the sheriff scheduled a news conference for later in he day.

Julius Erving, known as ``Dr. J,″ has been executive vice president of the Orlando Magic since 1997.

As a member of the Philadelphia 76ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and was a five-time all-league selection. Before that he played for the New York Nets in the old American Basketball Association and was named the league’s all-time most valuable player.

Last year, Erving acknowledged that he was the father of tennis player Alexandra Stevenson, whose mother, sports writer Samantha Stevenson, had raised her as a single parent. Last summer, Alexandra Stevenson became only the second qualifier to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon.

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