Chicago-area police say singer Sinéad O’Connor has been found safe and is no longer considered a missing person.
Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson said O’Connor has been located, though he wouldn’t say where she was found or release details about her condition. But he said the singer “is safe and no longer considered a missing or endangered person.”
Earlier on Monday, police in Wilmette, a village of 27,600 just north of Chicago, said in a statement that they were “seeking to check the well-being of O’Connor. O’Connor reportedly left the Wilmette area for a bicycle ride [Sunday] at 6 a.m. and had not returned. A caller expressed concern for her well-being.” Police gave no further information.
The 49-year-old Irishwoman’s official website, sineadoconnor.com, was down on Monday, and its last archive at the Wayback Machine, dated Sept. 23, 2015, listed no tour dates in the United States or elsewhere.
On Sunday, O’Connor or someone with access to her account posted on Facebook, “Jake [Reynolds, O’Connor’s eldest child], kindly go to the court on Tuesday and take custody [of] your brother from Tusla,” a child and family support organization with offices throughout Ireland. “My lawyer will be making the illegal way yourself and Donal [Lunny, father of O’Connor’s 12-year-old son Shane] got him into Tusla (lying to the cops etc) known to the judge. Expect to be in trouble. In fact you’d best bring a lawyer of your own. And do not abandon your brother or any other of my babies again. What you have done to your brother and your mother is LITERALLY criminal.”
In late November, the Grammy Award winner was located by Dublin police a day after raising concern over an apparent suicide note on Facebook. The following day, she posted the latest in a series of diatribes against her family, which she said had mistreated her.
O’Connor has spoken candidly of her mental health issues, including suicide attempts, saying as early as 1994 that she was then undergoing treatment at a London psychiatric hospital.
She has two adult children — son Reynolds, with first husband John Reynolds, and daughter Róisín Waters, with columnist John Waters — as well as Shane Lunny and 9-year-old Yeshua Francis Neil, with former partner Frank Bonadio. O’Connor’s four siblings include the novelist Joseph O’Connor and Trinity College Dublin art historian Éimear O’Connor.
Earlier this month, comedian Arsenio Hall sued O’Connor for libel, in response to her accusing him in a May 2 Facebook post of supplying drugs to the recently deceased music icon Prince. The suit calls O’Connor’s statements “absolutely false” and “despicable, fabricated lies.”