Jean Odney Alexandre, the father of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander, has been found. Alexandre was missing for three days, but thankfully he is alive and well per reports.
The 65-year old went missing a few days ago in Florida's Okeechobee County. The Bengals cornerback, a former standout at Clemson, left the team's camp on Tuesday to return to Florida to help look for him.
On Wednesday, Mackensie Alexander was arrested for battery, after he reportedly confronted the man who had most recently seen his father. The two men had been picking palmetto berries in rural northwest Okeechobee County. The man, identified as Mauricet Etienne, later told the Naples Daily News that after losing track of Alexandre, he searched for him for three hours before calling his wife.
Luckily, today brings a positive resolution to a story that most probably expected to go farther south. Local authorities have announced that Jean Odney Alexandre has been found, and is in good health. His family is on the way to meet up with him, per
Amazing news: #Bengals CB Mackensie Alexander’s father, Jean Odney Alexandre, was found ALIVE this morning, three days after he went missing in Florida, I’m told (as @JayMorrisonATH said). Mackensie and other family members are on their way to see him now.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 27, 2020
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Etienne said that he was worried about initially calling the authorities to help the search for Alexandre, but was scared to do so, as he had previously been told by law enforcement that he didn't have permission to pick the berries in the area. After three hours, he called Alexandre's wife, and the two searched for another 45 minutes before telling authorities that he was missing.
Obviously, it is a major relief that he is okay, and being reunited with his family. Given everything that has been in the news this week, from the multiple shootings in Kenosha, Wis. to the storms set to his the Gulf Coast, it is good to get some positive resolution on something like this.
We'll have more as it comes out about this situation.