Following online alerts by Rihanna and Missy Elliott, a backup dancer for them and other music stars was found safe Tuesday after having gone missing over the weekend.
Shirlene Quigley, 32, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was found and was “safe and at a medical facility whose location is undisclosed at this time,” the town’s police department posted on its Facebook page at about 5:30 p.m. Thanking “the New York City Police Department for their tremendous amount of cooperation in this matter,” the added that her father was en route from Los Angeles, where he lives, to reunite with her. No other details were released.
“Thank u 4 all your prayers everyone & @nbpolice #shirlenequigley is safe & being treated in adisclosed location,” rapper Elliott, 45, tweeted afterward.
“This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!!” Rihanna, 28, had written Tuesday on her Instagram page, alongside a video of Quigley. “My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen or has any information on whereabouts .....PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department 201 392 2100!!!!”
“A daughter/friend 2 many! 1 of the sweetest ppl I worked with … has been missing since fri,” tweeted Elliott, 45. “Very bubbly & uplifting spirit. Countless prayers 4 safe return.”
Police told The Associated Press that Quigley’s landlord in North Bergen saw the dancer leave her residence on Saturday. Quigley’s father, who lives in California, told WNBC/4 that his daughter was last seen boarding a bus at Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan around 1 a.m. Sunday.
He said he became concerned when Quigley — who appears in Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” video and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.,” -- did not make her usual daily call to him. He told WNBC his daughter had recently told a friend, cryptically, “Get ready, it’s about to happen and I’m going to need you to sub for me.”
Police found Quigley’s phone at a bridal shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea, neighborhood, and her car outside a Hertz car-rental agency on West 55th Street, reported the Bergen, New Jersey, newspaper The Record.
In the video Rihanna posted, Quigley says, “Imagine if we all treated each other like we were all going to go to the same home at the end of the day. Imagine if we treated each other like we all really came from the same family. … I know people probably think I’m crazy because I’m always telling everyone, ‘I love you, I love you,’ because the minute that I meet somebody I do love them — because I know in my heart, in my spirit, that that’s my brother and my sister; that’s my neighbor. And if I make a connection, a relationship, whether it be one minute, one year or the rest of my life, if you’re in my life, I love you….”
Quigley has also worked with Chris Brown, Destiny’s Child, Jamie Foxx, Ray J, Ashanti and others, according to her biography at Broadway Dance Studio, where she teaches.