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 to ABC News Radio today.
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.
The Salahis catapulted into the national area in November 2009, when they wormed their way into President Barack Obama’s first state dinner. They parlayed that into a polarizing appearance on Bravo’s short lived reality TV show “The Real Housewives of DC.”
Since that show’s cancellation, the couple has made multiple attempts to extend their 15 minutes. This year, Michaele Salahi made an unsuccessful bid for a spot on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” citing her struggles with multiple sclerosis, and released a single entitled ”Bump It,” whose lyrics include, “I’m so hot and, like, you’re so not.”
If Michaele Salahi’s disappearance turns out to be a publicity stunt, the couple could face charges for lying to law enforcement and making false statements. It wouldn’t be new ground for the Salahis: They were the subject of a grand jury investigation after their presence at the 2009 White House State Dinner was called into question.