WASHINGTON -- Six teenage members of the Burundi robotics team were reported missing after competing in an international competition this week in Washington.
Police tweeted missing person fliers Wednesday asking for help finding the teens last seen in the area of the FIRST Global Challenge around the time of Tuesday’s final matches. The missing team members include two 17-year-old girls and four males ranging in age from 16 to 18.
Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Aquita Brown says they have received reports that two of the Burundi teenagers have been seen crossing the border into Canada.
She says the whereabouts of their team members is unknown, and that the search for all the teens remains ongoing, but she stresses that police have no indication of foul play in their disappearance.
The competition, designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science, attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. A squad of girls from Afghanistan drew the most attention after they were twice rejected for U.S. visas and President Donald Trump intervened.
Competition organizers learned Tuesday night that the team’s mentor couldn’t find the six students who participated in the competition and organization President FIRST Global President Joe Sestak made the initial call to the police, according to a FIRST Global Challenge statement.
Photos: Missing Burundi robotics team
The following teens are missing and were last seen Tuesday in the 1700 block of D Street, D.C. police said.
- Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, black female with dark complexion, 5'3" and 130 pounds
Don Ingabire, 16, black male with medium complexion, 5'8" and 130 pounds
Aristide Irambona, 18, black male with dark complexion, 5'6" and 130 pounds
Nice Munezero, 17, black female with dark complexion, 5'7" and 140 pounds
Kevin Sabumukiza, 17, black male with medium complexion, 6'4" and 160 pounds
Richard Irakoze, 18, black male with dark complexion, 5'11" and 140 pounds
Please call 202-727-9099 if you have any information.