Chicago police search for missing autistic athlete who disappeared during the Special Olympics

Rezwanul Haque, 22, is a footballer from Bangladesh with Autism who disappeared in Chicago for the Special Olympics.

(Special Olympics International)

A search is underway for an autistic football player from Bangladesh who disappeared outside a Chicago hotel he stayed during the Special Olympics.

Rezwanul Haque, 22, who don’t speak English, was last seen in the hotel surveillance images voluntarily in a SUV on Thursday afternoon, a day before the olympics were set to begin.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony guglielmi told the Chicago Sun-Times that the Hague was supposed to be with a group on Friday, but never showed up. He said the group contacted the police a few hours after an unsuccessful search.

The police said Haque’s disappearance is classified as a high-risk missing person. They do not believe that there is foul play.

“We’re working very hard to find him,” guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.

Please Help us find this to be a high risk of loss of a person, who participated in the Special Olympics Games in Chicago. If you have any questions, you can call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8385.

— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) July 21, 2018

He has black hair and brown eyes, is about 5-8 and weighs 160 pounds.

Hague was last seen wearing a blue hat with the letters “USA” on the front, a blue polo shirt with “Bangladesh” written in red on the back, white sneakers and black pants, police said.

“We are deeply concerned if our main priority is the welfare and safety of our athletes,” Special Olympics International said in a statement Saturday. “We are working together with the local authorities to help find the missing athlete.”

Hague is in Chicago to take part in the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, which kicked off Friday. He won a gold medal in the badminton at the 2015 games in Los Angeles, the team website said.

Anyone with information should call 312-747-8380.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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