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NBA DRAFT ANALYST FOUND DEAD IN RIVER

A body pulled from the Delaware River near Camden, N.J., was positively identified Thursday as that of an NBA draft analyst who had been missing since last month, police said. Don Leventhal, 44, of Willow Grove, Pa., a Philadelphia suburb, was identified through dental records, said Lt. Joseph Richardson, a spokesman for the Camden police department.

His body was found Wednesday in the river in South Camden by a dock worker.

A day after Leventhal was reported missing on Sept. 29, his car was found abandoned on the campus of Rutgers University in Camden. His wallet was found that day on a pedestrian walkway of the Ben Franklin Bridge, which spans the river.

"It appears to be a suicide," Richardson said.

Friends said Leventhal had complained about pain in his neck caused by a bulging disc. They also said Leventhal was having problems with the Internal Revenue Service.

Leventhal was well-known in basketball circles. His work included the NBA Draft Report, a ranking available to subscribers, a draft evaluation for ESPN SportsZone, an online service, and an NBA injury report for USA Today.

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