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Cuban Rower Missing From International Competition

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night announced it is looking for a Cuban athlete participating in the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Licet Hernandez-Licea, 24, was reported missing just after 1 p.m. Thursday after she did not show up for her morning competition. She was last seen Wednesday around 9 p.m., the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Authorities said an email correspondence from early Thursday morning indicated that Hernandez-Licea wanted to withdrawal from the international event, and it led detectives to say they did not suspect foul play. However, detectives are still working with state and federal authorities and have entered Hernandez-Licea as a missing person.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact Sheriff’s Office investigators at 941-861-1712 or 941-8610-4256. If you come into contact with Hernandez-Licea, call 941-316-1201 or citizens can also submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Sarasota by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.SarasotaCrimeStoppers.com.

An estimated 900 athletes from 69 countries are participating in the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota. The nine-day event began last Saturday and is winding up this weekend.

More than 10,000 people from around the world attended the opening ceremonies.

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