Missing father of Bengals’ Alexander found alive

  • ESPN Staff Writer
  • Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News
  • University of North Texas graduate

CINCINNATI – The father of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander has been found alive in Florida, according to officials.

Jean Odney Alexandre, 65, was found Thursday morning after he walked up to a ranger station in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office.

Alexandre (the two men have different spellings of their last name ) was reported missing on Monday in Okeechobee, according to police records. Alexandre was picking palmetto berries with a friend he’d known for more than 10 years when he disappeared in the woods around 2 p.m. Monday, according to the incident report. Authorities were not able to ping Alexandre’s exact location since he did not have a cell phone at the time.

Alexander left Bengals camp to aid in the search for his father. On Tuesday, Alexander and another man, Evins Clement, were arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly hitting the man who went berry picking with his father.

Alexander, 26, was released on $2,000 bond on Wednesday, according to Brian Pakett, who represents Alexander, along with Stacey Richman. Alexander is expected to plead not guilty at a future arraignment date.

The Bengals signed Alexander to a 1-year contract worth $4 million this offseason. He was expected to be the team’s primary slot cornerback. The team issued limited comment after Alexander’s arrest, saying only that it was aware of the situation.

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