The seventh member of the Special Olympics delegation from Haiti has disappeared

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According to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, a seventh member of the Haitian delegation went missing at a Special Olympics event recently held in the Orlando area.

Louis Jacques Wilguens, 25, was last seen getting off a bus on Saturday afternoon at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., authorities said. He was to return to Haiti the next morning.

Sunday was the last day of the Special Olympics USA Games, which began on June 5. As of June 6, six members of the Haitian delegation had been reported missing by the sheriff’s office. At the time, the office said, “We believe this is an isolated event and do not suspect foul play.”

The six men, believed to be from the Haitian soccer team, were identified as: Antione Joseph Mithon, 32; Nicholson Fontilus, 20; Peter Mianovich Berlus, 19; Anderson Little Brother, 18; Stevenson Jacquet, 24; and Oriol Jean, 18 years old. They were last seen near the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

“All returned their room keys and left behind their bags and personal effects,” the sheriff’s office said.

Organizers of the Special Olympics Orlando event said in a statement, “The reason for their departure from the Games is currently unknown.”

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Stating that “the welfare of these delegates is our primary concern”, organizers added that of the six men missing at the time, five were not at the Games in a sporting capacity and one was an adult with a disability. intellectual.

A spokesperson for the organizers expressed similar concern for Wilguens on Monday and told The Washington Post via email that it remains unclear why members of the Haitian delegation left the event. Wilguens was also linked with the football team that traveled to Orlando.

Wilguens was reportedly wearing red sandals, blue jeans and a white Special Olympics shirt with the word “Haiti” on it when last seen.

Local authorities have advised that they have no reason to believe that the health and safety of this individual is at risk,” the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said via text Monday evening that there were no updates on the seven missing men.

The Special Olympics USA Games attracted more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states in the country and the Caribbean, according to organizers.

Long one of the most troubled and poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has been wracked by political instability, food insecurity and gang violence. In an attempt to flee the situation, many are resorting to dangerous sea crossings, the UN Refugee Agency reported last month.

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