The headline of a brief blog post today on the official website of Rosie O’Donnell reflects every parent’s worst nightmare: “Chelsea O’Donnell Missing.” Equally alarming is the revelation that the 17-year-old adopted family member was last seen Tuesday Aug. 11.*
chelsea and her dog bear – last seen in nyack ny – may be in NYC – please call 845-358-0206 or 911 pic.twitter.com/1jXbNxravZ
— Rosie (@Rosie) August 18, 2015
According to a report by WABC-TV senior digital producer Mike Waterhouse, the situation has not officially been designated yet as a “missing person” case:
A representative for O’Donnell said in an email statement: “Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe.”
South Nyack police told Eyewitness News that Chelsea has not been classified as a missing person yet. It’s an open investigation and they are working closely with the family.
Per the rosie.com blog item, police have been searching for the teen since Sunday in and around Rockland County. Although Chelsea was last seen in the company of her therapy dog Bear, she has apparently stopped taking some crucial medication. Anyone who believes they may have seen Chelsea are being urged to contact 911 or (845) 358-0206.
Chelsea was wearing a black sweatshirt hoodie, dark ripped blue jeans, women’s grey converse sneakers and a black backpack. Chelsea has a large tattoo on her right side of a dream catcher with the word ‘Breathe.’
Hopefully, Twitter will soon deliver the news that Chelsea has been located.
*Update (4:45 p.m.):
Various reports, including this one from Entertainment Tonight, are suggesting that Chelsea O’Donnell ran away from home. That could be a large part of the reason there was such a gap between the teen’s last sighting (8/11) and the beginning of the police search (8/16). A source told ET that the family does not suspect foul play or believe the 17-year-old was abducted.
Update (9:10 p.m.):
Per another, happier tweet from Rosie, Chelsea has been found.
— Beth Chapman (@MrsdogC) August 18, 2015