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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander leaves team after father disappears in Okeechobee County

Jean Alexander reported missing during berry-picking trip
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander in practice, Aug. 18, 2020
Posted at 8:11 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 21:16:29-04

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander left the team Tuesday after his father disappeared in Okeechobee County.

NFL.com reported that the 26-year-old Immokalee native left the team while authorities in Florida search for Jean Alexandre.

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, Jean Alexandre and another man traveled there Monday to pick palmetto berries somewhere on the prairie in the northwest portion of the county.

Jean Alexandre
Jean Alexandre disappeared while picking palmetto berries in Okeechobee County.

At some point, Jean Alexandre's companion left him behind, deputies said.

Jean Alexandre, 65, was reported missing to the Collier County Sheriff's Office late Monday. Deputies there then contacted the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

A massive search is now underway for Jean Alexandre.

Mackensie Alexander was a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. He signed with the Bengals as a free agent in March.

Anyone with information about Jean Alexandre's disappearance is asked to call the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117.