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Missing Eritreans turn up, five days after disappearing near end of OR22

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Eritrean flag (background); the five Eritreans who were last seen the night of June 23 but have turned up safe today.

Five Eritrean athletes that had been reported missing after the World Athletic Championships since Sunday have turned up safe.

The Eritrean National Athletics Federation says the four athletes and coach are back and resuming activities with the rest of their team.

Andre Filmon, Habtom Samuel Keleta, Merhawi Mebrahtu Teweldebererhan, and Yemane Haileselassie Teklehaimanot are the athletes; Berhe Asgedom Niguesse is the coach.

The men were last seen Saturday night, then reported missing the day after as the ten-day event was winding down. No explanation for their disappearance was given.

The University of Oregon’s police department has closed all five missing person reports.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.