Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dennehy Mystery Engrosses Nation.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

Waco police, Baylor University remain tight-lipped

WACO, Texas -- He was a little shy and very soft-spoken as a gangly teenager. But a fire within fueled Patrick Dennehy's excellence on a basketball court.

An untapped talent, Dennehy carried a humble gleam in his eyes while prep coach Steve Filios spoke of his gifted post player.

"He's such a great team leader, always cheering and giving encouragement," said Filios, his coach at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.

That was in February 2000, and the future was bright for the youngster from Santa Clara, Calif.

Dennehy appeared to be on his way to basketball fame. Nobody could have predicted how it could come.

Overnight, Patrick Dennehy has become almost a household name. Right now, he is perhaps the most recognizable athlete in college athletics.

His mysterious disappearance has ignited one of the most baffling tales in college sports history.

Nobody has seen nor heard from the 6-foot, 10-inch Baylor basketball player in more than three weeks. Police call it a missing persons case but are investigating it as a homicide.

Suspects?

There were several, now none -- just "persons of interest," say Waco police.

"Some are persons of more interest," Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said Saturday.

The police are tight-lipped, and Baylor has circled the wagons releasing little, if any, information. …

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