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Moroccan Athlete Located in Washington

Posted July 1, 1999

— A Moroccan Special Olympics athlete missing since Monday was located Thursday night in Washington, D.C., police said.

Jamal Agdani, 23, a player on Morocco's soccer team, was found at Union Station in Washington just before 7:30 p.m., said Terry Wright, assistant public safety chief at North Carolina State University, where Agdani had been living during the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Wright said Agdani approached a station guard and asked for help. Agdani appeared safe and healthy, Wright said. Wright did not know if Agdani will return to the Special Olympics.

``In a sense it's up to him; he's an adult,'' Wright said. ``He has the right to go as he please at this point.''

Agdani was one of four athletes missing while in North Carolina for the Games being held this week in the Raleigh-Durham area. His teammate, Naim Tanji, 21, is still missing, as are two basketball players from the Dominican Republic.

Agdani is being questioned about the whereabouts of Tanji, who also left Monday.

The missing athletes from the Dominican Republic left a shopping trip in Greensboro, took a cab to Charlotte and then caught a bus to New York, officials said. The men ages 20 and 21 purchased one way tickets to New York and called a relative to say they had arrived, but have not been heard from.

Police suspect no foul play with the three remaining missing athletes. They have been described as highly functional mentally retarded men.

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