NBA PLAYER Bison Dele Missing. Foul Play Suspected
(PRWEB) September 13, 2002
Media Alert- updated 9.10.02
WHO: FORMER NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER BISON DELE AKA BRIAN WILLIAMS MISSING WITH GIRLFRIEND, SERENA KARLAN FOR TWO MONTHS
FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED
WHAT: REPORTED MISSING U.S. CITIZENS
Foul play is suspected in the disappearance of retired NBA player Bison Dele, formally known as Brian Williams (age 33), and his girlfriend Serena Karlan (age 30), along with a crew of three, who have been missing since July 8. They were scheduled to sail on their boat, the Hukuna Matata, from Moorea, Tahiti bound for Honolulu, Hawaii via the Tua Motu and Marqesas islands.
Prior to July 8, Serena Karlan had been contacting her mother at least once a week and Brian had been contacting his bank and Kevin “KP” Porter, his executive assistant in Michigan, once a month. On August 27, the Coast Guard and Tahiti Search and Rescue opened search cases for their boat from Hawaii through New Zealand. On August 27 the Coast Guard and Tahiti Search and Rescue opened search cases for their boat from Hawaii through New Zealand.
Bison Dele, formerly known as Brian Williams, played NBA basketball with the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, 1997 NBA champion Chicago Bulls, and most recently with the Detroit Pistons from 1997-1999.
The parents of both Serena Karlan and Bison Dele are seeking any help they can get to locate Bison and Serena and the rest of the crew of the Hukuna Matata.
A website with more information is available at
Pictures of both Bison and Serena can be found at
On Friday, August 31, Kevin “KP” Porter discovered that a check for $ 152,000 had been drawn on Bison’s account to purchase Golden Eagle coins from a Phoenix Arizona coin dealer, Certified Mint, for delivery to a Mail Boxes Etc in Miami. This set off an alarm because for 10 years Mr. Williams has only paid bills with certified checks or his credit card and did not write any personal checks during that period. KP contacted Bison’s bank and was informed that the signature did not match the one on file. The check used had the Miami Mail Boxes Etc. address and was part of a check order placed only two weeks prior. Bison has never had this Miami Mail Boxes Etc. address.
KP called Certified Mint which had cleared the check but had not yet shipped any coins. The owner, Bill Haynes said that they had received two phone numbers from the person who ordered the coins using “Brian Williams” (Bison’s) name, one was from Miami and the other from Key West. KP vouches that the voice on the answering message in Key West has Bison’s usual outgoing message, but is in the voice of his Bison’s brother, Kevin “Miles” Williams.
On Tuesday, September 3, the man calling himself Brian Williams, called Certified Mint saying that, instead of receiving the coins in Miami, he had changed his mind and was instead coming to pick them up in Phoenix on Thursday. At this point the Phoneix police became interested in the case. On Wednesday September 4, Patricia Phillips (Bison’s mother) and KP flew to Phoenix and the bank notified the Phoenix police department of the possible forgery.
On Thursday afternoon, September 5, Miles entered Certified Mint and indentified himself as Bison. He showed Bison’s passport as proof. At that point, the Phoenix police arrested him. He was in possession of Bison’s passport and two credit cards. He was taken to the Squaw Peak station and questioned. All attempts to gain further information failed and did not give them any other information useful in our search for Serena, Bison, or the other crewmembers. Unfortunately because the police did not have all of the necessary requirmenents of forgery and other crimes, he was released on Thursday evening. KP met Miles as he exited the police station and further questioned himfor 5 hours but was not able to get any more information before Miles boarded an airplane to Palo Alto. Miles not been seen since Friday 5:30 am Sept. 6, 2002.
Friday noon we were informed that the FBI has become involved in their Phoenix, Troy, MI and Honolulu offices.
The Phoenix police are creating two reports regarding their discussions with Miles. These reports numbers are:
21-640848 Forgery Report
21-640848A Missing Persons Report
They are available to the public.
How you can help us A Personal Message from Scott Ohlgren:
To anyone reading this document:
My wife’s only child, and my stepdaughter, Serena Karlan, 30, has been missing for over 2 months, along with her boyfriend ex-NBA Chicago Bulls Bison Dele. See their photos here: http://www.howhealthworks.com/bison/serena_bison_montage.pdf
Foul play is a strong possibility, complete with stolen passpords, etc., and the FBI has gotten involved.
The help I’m needing is very specific. But first consider this: If it is true that we are each only 7 people away from reaching any person on earth, think about who you might know, or knowledge that you have that may take us closer to these questions
1. We need to locate 3 members of the crew, or their families:
** Captain Bertrand Saldo, France
** Captain Benjamin E. Fitzgibbon, Australia
** Mark Benson, crew member, Adelaide, Australia (see other details further in this doc)
2. We need to locate the boat:
Catamaran “Hukuna Matata” (name from song in the Lion King)
55′ (18 meters) painted blue, green, and white(see other details further in this doc)
I need each of you to put on your thinking caps and help us focus on solving the remaining mysteries.
We have spent every day since August 30th contacting our leads with the police, other law agencies, the maritime trades, sports connections, Senators, the US State Department, the FBI, the French and Australian authorities. It is now up to us and whomever receives this information. Think: Do you know someone that knows someone? Who do you know in politics that, given Bison’s celebrity status, would run with this story and discover all of the details? Captains? Detectives? People in the media? Sports announcers? Radio talk shows? People in Tahiti? Australia? France? Investigative Reporters?
Please pass the http://www.whereisbison.com/ site on to anyone that would be interested in more details on this story.
Help us find Serena and Bison, and the crew of the Hukuna Matata.
Scott Ohlgren email@example.com 303 530-2332
BISON’S NBA STATS^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Led the1999 Pistons in field-goal percentage (.501, 7th in the NBA) and blocked shots (0.82 bpg)
Led the Pistons in 1997-98 in rebounds (8.9 rpg, 14th in the NBA) and field-goal percentage (.511, 14th)
Named to the 1997-98 NBA All-Interview Second Team
Scored his 4,000th career point, totaling 25 points, 17 rebounds and 3 steals, against the Chicago Bulls on 4/15/98
Recorded a 1997-98 season-high 31 points (15-22 FG) and 15 rebounds against the Boston Celtics on 12/13/97
A member of the 1997 NBA champion Chicago Bulls
Has appeared in 34 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 7.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg and shooting .515 from the field
Scored a career-high and 1995-96 Clippers’ season high 35 points against the Boston Celtics on 2/13/96
Recorded 15 double-doubles in 1995-96, after posting 4 in 1994-95 and 8 in 1993-94
BRIAN CARSON WILLIAMS, aka Bison Dele (current)
Born: April 06, 1969 Fresno, CA
Most recent residence: Catamaran sailboat “Hukuna Matata”
Moorea, French Polynesia
Most previous land residence:
Hotel, Moreea, Tahiti, Tel: +689 55 0355, Room109
Most recent phone numbers
Iridium satellite phone: 88 16 314 45300
earlier satellite phone: 011.881.631.445.300
Tahiti boat phone: 011 689 24 14 85
Ht 6’10″, wt 270, complexion lt brn, hair lt brn, eyes hazel, voice deep bass, health good very athletic, visible scars or reconstructed right knee, last seen by mother Jan.10, 1999.
Mother: Patricia A. Phillips h 310.319.6439 c 310.490.6450
Father: Eugene C. Williams, Jr.
Born: April 4, 1972, New York, NY
Most recent residence: Catamaran sailboat “Hukuna Matata”, Moorea, French Polynesia
Most previous land residence: Hotel, Moorea, Tahiti, Tel: +689 55 0355, Room 109
also 689 56 12 90?
also 689 41 04 04?
Most previous U.S. mainland address: 30 W 63rd, Apt 22P, New York, NY
Ht 5’8″, wt 130, complexion: fair, eyes: blue, hair: light brown,
Last contacted mother, July 8, 2002.
Catamaran “Hukuna Matata” (name from song in the Lion King)
Radio Service: SA – Ship Recreational or Voluntarily Equiped
Official Ship Number: 1111638
FCC Call Sign: WDA8466
Type of License: Regular
Ship Station Identity: 366854650
Grant Date: 05-29-2002
Effective Date: 05-29-2002
Print Date: 05-29-2002
Expiration Date: 05-29-2012]
Special Conditions: None
Licensee Name: Williams, Brian C, Troy, MI 48084 USA
Beacon Information from:
Rm 3320, FB4
Suitland, MD 20746-4304
First Registered: 03/07/02
Last Edited: 03/07/02
NOAA Beacon Registration Code: ADCE06FE6C8D401
Manufacturer: Pains Wessex
Model No. SOS Rescue M2
Owner’s name: William Brian C
Mailing Address: 1847 Kirst Blvd #122
Troy, MI 48084 USA
Type: Sail Sloop Catamaran
Telephone: INMARSAT ( ) –
Cellular: (881)631-445800 (Iridium satelite phone)
(written by hand: 64 211889886)
Vessel name: Hukuna Matata
Call Sign: KUS1111638
Documentation or Registration Number: 1111638
Length Overall: 55 ft (18 meters)
Capacity (crew and passengers): 6
Homeport – Marina/Dock: Longwood, FL
Emergency contacts ashore for information on vessel itinerary
Name of Primary 24 hour emergency contatct:
Tel: (707) 364-6464
Name of Alternate 24 Hour Emergency Contact:
Tel: (919) 544-1745
Crew on board departing Tahiti 7/4
Saldo, Bertrand Capt. French
Benson, Mark Crew Australia/Adelaide
Dabord, Miles Crew US / California
Williams, Brian Crew US / California
Karlan, Serena Crew US / New York
Prior Captain: Benjamin E. Fitzgibbon
Type: Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency
Issued by: The Delegate of the Australian
Issue date: July 8, 2000
Tel: New Zealand +64 211 889-886 – answering machine says,
’This is the ship Hukuna Matata, leave message’
KEVIN EUGENE WILLIAMS, aka Miles Weston Dabord (current)
aka Kevin Pierpont Eugene (previous)
Born: October 21, 1966, Fresno,CA
Address and phone unknown
Ht 6’8″, wt 270, complexion lt brn, hair drk brn, eyes lt brn,
voice deep bass, health asthma w/ meds, inhaler,
no visible scars when last seen by mother Dec. 30, 1998.
Parents: Same as Brian
Patricia Phillips Bison: & MileÂs mother (Miles estranged many years)
K.P. (Kevin Porter, BisonÂs friend)
Gael Ohlgren (SerenaÂs mother) and Scott Ohlgren (SerenaÂs stepfather)
7440 North 49th St
Longmont, CO 80503
Stuart Karlan (SerenaÂs father)
OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 1-800-528-1380 or 1-602-234-2300 or 602.944.5152
Bill Haynes: firstname.lastname@example.org
3550 N. Central Ave., Suite 1001
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Stratos Iridium Satellite LCC
Account No.: SUW3755. Last invoice #10207105096
Tel toll free: 866.947.4348: Security – Tom Lopez
Tel local: 480.752.5155
Hukuna Matata satellite phone number: 88 16 314 45300
Charter captain: friend of Larry and Bertrand Saldo
Moorea, French Polynesia
Fax: +68 9 41 37 35/
Phoenix Police Department, Sqaw Peak Station
Desk: 602.495.5007, 602.265.7626
Boulder FBI Field Office: 303 440-4900 (main office)
FAX: 303 440-0431
US Coast Guard – Pacific Region- District 14, RCC (Rescue Coordination Center)
Lt. Danny Shaw, duty controller
Lt. JG Garlan
Bill PopeÃ©, Consulate for the Querbosh Nation (Christmas Islands)
RCC Tahiti (Military Search & Rescue)
Moorea (8 hours earlier than EDT, 4 earlier than PDT)
Capitiane de Port: +618.104.22.168
Adjoind: Francois Chaumette
Affairs Maritimes: +689.42.02.52
Batteaux de Pleasure (Pleasure boats): +622.214.171.124
Gendarmarie: 689.92.03.61 or +689.92.7361
Eric: Hukuna Matata passed there 6/01
HervÃ© Thiriet, Police Officer at the Ua Pou Gendarmerie Station
New Zealand (8 hours later or 16 hours earlier than EDT)
Port Authority: 649.366.0055 – duty officer +1
Westhaven Harbor: 649.309.1352
after hours: 649.367.5444
Aukland, New Zealand: Miles joins Bison and crew
Santa Monica, CA: Patricia received email from Bison.
This is last communication from him.
Moorea, French Polynesia: Serena & Bison stay at Societel Ia Ora hotel.
Hukuna Matata arrives in Papeete, Tahiti. Crew includes Mark Benson, Bertrand Saldo, Miles Dabaord.
Papeete: Hukuna Matata scheduled to depart.
Crew: Bertrand Saldo, Brian “Bison” Williams, Serena Karlan
Papeete: Miles’ car rental on Bison’s credit card returned
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