Haitian footballers disappear from the Special Olympics

Six members of the Haitian Special Olympics delegation went missing while competing in Florida on Monday after they returned their hotel room keys and left their luggage behind.

The Haitians were last seen around 2:30 p.m. as games began at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Kissimmee, according to local outlets.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has identified the missing as Oriol Jean, 18, Anderson Petit Freire, 18, Peter Mijanovic Burles, 19, Nicholson Fontelius, 20, Stephenson Jacquet, 24, and Antin Joseph Mithun, 34.

The six handed over their hotel room keys and left their luggage in their rooms before they got lost.

The Special Olympics started Sunday and run through June 12 in and around Orlando. Organizers said more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from the United States and the Caribbean were represented.

Betty Freer was one of the footballers who appeared on the Haiti team’s Instagram account last week.

The USA Special Olympics began at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida on June 5, 2022.
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The Osceola County Sheriff's Office has released a poster identifying missing athletes Oriol Jean, Anderson, Petit Freer, Peter Mijanovic Burles, Nicholson Fontelius, Stephenson Jacquet, and António Joseph Mithun.
The six Haitians were last seen leaving their hotel rooms before disappearing.
Osceola County Mayor’s Office

The young athlete wrote: “My name is Anderson Betty Freer, I am from Port-au-Prince and I am 18 years old.”

“I am a unified player and I am part of the Haiti Special Olympics Unified Football Team. It is a great pleasure and honor to be a part of this team. I will do my best to help the athletes in the USA Orlando 2022 Games.”

Football was scheduled to be played throughout the week, although the schedule for individual matches was not specifically listed on the event website.

The Special Olympics team in Haiti did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Post.

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