Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter has been missing for a week, and the comedian is asking for the public's help in getting her home safely. On her website, Rosie.com, a message was posted on Tuesday that read:
"Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell, was reported missing. Nyack, New York police authorities have been looking for her in the Rockland County area since Sunday, August 16. She was last seen Tuesday, August 11. She 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 dreamcatcher with the word 'Breathe.' She left home with her 6-month-old therapy dog named Bear. The dog is a 9-lb brown and black terrier. Chelsea stopped taking her medicine and is in need of medical attention."
In a statement to E! News, a representative for O'Donnell added, "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." According to Entertainment Tonight, foul play is not suspected—Chelsea is believed to have run away.
Chelsea is O'Donnell's daughter with her first ex-wife Kelli Carpenter. Chelsea was in the news earlier when her biological mother, Deanna Micoley, accused O'Donnell of stealing Chelsea.
"I believe Rosie O'Donnell knew that I was in no condition to sign away my parental rights to my daughter!" Micoley said in the National Enquirer. "She did the worst thing one woman can do to another woman—take her child!"
Micoley was 20 in 1997 when Chelsea was born, and an admitted drug addict. However, she claims her now-ex-husband forced her to give her baby up for adoption, a claim that O'Donnell has refuted, saying the process was done legally through a reputable adoption agency and court of law. When the story came out, Chelsea and Micoley were said to be in touch over Facebook and text messages, where the teen allegedly said she had "issues" with O'Donnell. This spring, O'Donnell's second ex-wife, Michelle Rounds, said in an interview that she was seeking sole custody of their daughter together, Dakota, so she'd be in a "healthier" and "way more protective" environment.
O'Donnell, a mom of five, has long been a staunch advocate of adoption.
Anyone with information on Chelsea is asked to please contact authorities at 845-358-0206 or 911.
UPDATE: August 18, 2015, 3:30 p.m PT
Rosie O'Donnell says Chelsea has been found safe. It's not clear where Chelsea was found.
chelsea has been found and is safe in police custody - thank u all for the help and light #missingchildren