Rihanna, Missy Elliott Plead for Help Finding Missing Backup Dancer
UPDATE: Shirlene Quigley was reportedly found safe in New Jersey earlier today (October 25) and is being treated at “an undisclosed medical facility,” according to TMZ.
A 32-year-old backup dancer who's performed alongside Beyonce, Missy Elliott and Rihanna is missing, and the stars are pleading with fans to reach out to authorities with any information that might lead to her recovery.
Shirlene Quigley was last seen Sunday morning around 1 AM at New York City's Port Authority Terminal, and last night, Rihanna urged Instagram followers to keep their eyes peeled.
"My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her," Rihanna wrote with a video that featured Quigley, adding contact information for the North Bergen Police Department, which presides over Quigley's New Jersey hometown.
Elliott, too, reached out to fans in a since-deleted Instagram post (People has a screenshot) in which Elliott claims that Quigley was last seen wearing a pink jacket and three-inch heels.
"#shirlenequigley amazing SWEET CARING SPIRIT who is LOVED by MANY! I NEED YALL TO REPOST get this info out there! Please help with any information," Elliott wrote.
Quigley's father, who hasn't given press his name, first became concerned that his daughter was missing when he didn't receive what's become his routine 6 PM phone call with his daughter, according to NBC 4 New York. The man said she'd recently made a strange remark to a friend: "Get ready, it's about to happen and I'm going to need you to sub for me."
Quigley's car was found at the Peridance Capezio Center and Broadway Dance Center in Manhattan where she teaches, and police found her phone at a Manhattan bridal shop where her father said she might have been picking up costumes for a routine.
Police are encouraging anyone with information to call the North Bergen Police Department at 201-392-2092.
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