On Monday, six members of Haiti’s 2022 Special Olympics delegation mysteriously went missing during the competition in Florida after returning their hotel room keys and leaving their luggage behind.
The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games are being held at ESPN’s World Wide of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida, between June 5 and June 12 this year, uniting some 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean.
According to the local outlets, the Haitians were last seen around 2:30 p.m. as the games got underway at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee.
Foul play is not suspected in their disappearance, according to the Osceola Sherriff’s Department. They believe it is an isolated event.
The sheriff’s office’s official Facebook page shared the information concerning the six members who mysteriously disappeared. The missing individuals were all men between 18 and 32, the Facebook post noted.
Here are the missing members:
- Atione Joseph Mithon, 32
- Nicholson Fontilus, 20
- Peter Mianovich Berlus, 19
- Anderson Petit-Frere, 18
- Steevenson Jacquet, 24
- Oriol Jean, 18
The sheriff’s office said in a statement:
“We are in communication with Walt Disney World, Special Olympics, and our Law Enforcement and Federal partners. At this time, we believe this is an isolated event and do not suspect foul play. We are asking anyone with information to please contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.”
According to a statement from the Special Olympics USA Games, five of the adults were not Special Olympics athletes and the sixth was an adult with an intellectual disability.
“The well-being of these delegates is our foremost concern,” Special Olympics USA Games said in an email. “Local authorities have indicated they have no reason to believe the health and safety of any of the individuals is at risk. To expand the reach and effectiveness of law enforcement’s efforts to locate these individuals, they have been reported as missing persons.”
The adults were last seen at 710 S. Victory Way in Kissimmee around 2:30 p.m. Monday.