Lochte back home but Brazil police seek other U.S. swimmer

Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:08pm EDT
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By Rodrigo Viga and Daniel Flynn

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police said on Wednesday Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte had returned to the United States before a judge's order to stop him but they were searching for his team mate amid doubts over their account of being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

Judge Keyla Blanc, of Brazil's Special Tribunal for Fans and Major Events, ordered police on Wednesday to seize the passports of Lochte and fellow gold medalist James Feigen so they could be questioned over inconsistencies in their descriptions of the robbery at the weekend.

Police discovered after checks at Rio's international airport that Lochte, 32, had already left Brazil, where he won a relay gold medal in the Olympic swimming competition that ended on Saturday.

Lochte left for the United States on Monday aboard a commercial flight before the judge's order was issued, a spokesman for federal police said. Feigen was still in Rio de Janeiro, the spokesman said.

The San Antonio Express-News quoted Feigen as saying by telephone that he was in Brazil but declining further comment.

People magazine reported that Lochte, one of swimming's most decorated Olympians, was spotted at an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday with his girlfriend Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy model. It was not immediately possible to confirm this.

Lochte's attorney did not return calls for comment.

A U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) spokesman said police had arrived at the Athletes' Village on Wednesday and asked to meet the swimmers and collect their passports.   Continued...

Aug 3, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, USA; USA swimmer Ryan Lochte during a press conference at the MPC Samba Room prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports