Chicago police are scanning the lakefront and other areas of the city for missing Special Olympics athlete Rezwanul Haque from Bangladesh, who has autism and does not speak English, reports Chicago Tribune.
Haque, 22, an autistic soccer player, was last seen in hotel surveillance footage voluntarily getting into an SUV on Thursday afternoon, a day before the games were set to begin. He remained missing as of Saturday afternoon, and his disappearance was classified by police as a high-risk missing person with no possible foul play.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times that a group of people Haque was supposed to meet on Friday contacted police several hours after an unsuccessful search when he never showed up. “We are working very hard to find him,” Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune. Haque, a gold winner in badminton in 2015 Special Olympics, is on the Bangladesh Unified Cup soccer team, according to a statement from Special Olympics International.
Monir Choudhury, honorary consul of Bangladesh in Illinois, said Saturday that he did not learn of Haque’s disappearance until around 11am Saturday. Choudhury met with members of the team Saturday afternoon to learn more information connected to his disappearance, he said.
“We are trying to find any clue, any last phone number, anything he discussed with another person,” Choudhury said. The Special Olympics community, celebrating the event’s 50th anniversary this year, is also “anxiously awaiting” updates in the search for Haque, said Special Olympics founder and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. Surveillance video reviewed by police shows Haque left his hotel, by himself about 5 p.m. Thursday and got into an SUV, said Anthony Guglielmi.