It seems Michaele Salahi isn’t missing after all.
Hours after the White House party crasher’s husband made a public plea for help in finding his wife, whom he believed had been kidnapped Tuesday, Virginia’s Warren County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying authorities had spoken with Michaele Salahi and she was “fine” and “where she wanted to be.”
According to the statement, Tareq Salahi contacted authorities at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday after Michaele Salahi called him from an Oregon area code and proceeded to stay out of touch for six hours.
“Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later,” the sheriff’s office said in its statement. “Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past. She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be. Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was. Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff’s Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now.”
The sheriff’s office said it’s working with the FBI “in an attempt to make additional contact with Mrs. Salahi to assure her well being.” An official told ABCNews.com that no missing person’s report has been filed and there’s “no reason to believe Mrs. Salahi is any danger.”
Michaele Salahi is instead in Memphis with Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Schon’s spokesperson confirmed.
Tareq Salahi made an impassioned plea via TMZ.com today, saying he believed his wife “may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay.” He launched campaigns to find her on Facebook and Twitter and retweeted a follower saying “Michaele Salahi was last seen wearing a Baby Blue T-shirt dress with a silver glitter dolphin on the front and black thongs,” presumably referring to her sandals.
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