Chelsea O’Donnell, 17, went missing from New York with her dog, Bear was posted by Rosie O’Donnell, her mother on her website on Tuesday morning reports NBC news.
Rosie posted: “chelsea and her dog bear – last seen in nyack ny – may be in NYC – please call 845-358-0206 or 911.”
Evidently Chelsea was last seen on August 11 in Nyack, and the family had been in contact with her since then, but did not elaborate on when or any more details. Police have been looking for Chelsea in the Rockland County area since Sunday, August 16.
Rosie quit “The View,” reported Fox News in February after she stated she was going through a divorce and had a heart attack. Her goal was to reduce the stress in her life.
Rosie also stated that Chelsea was “wearing black sweatshirt hood, 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.'”
Rosie stated that Chelsea had stopped taking her medicine and was in need of medical attention and that Bear, who is a 6-month-old, small black and brown terrier was her therapy dog.
There is an average of 450,000 missing teens every year with more than 75% returning the first couple of days and up to 90% after a few weeks, leaving only a small percentage that are never found. With stats that high, sadly, without Rosie O’Donnell as her mom, Chelsea’s story would likely not get much attention.
If Rosie does suspect that her daughter has traveled to New York City, Rosie should begin by distributing flyers around the local shelters, and put in time going to these shelters to look for her as it is unlikely the police will do so as the man-power is just not there, With Rosie tons of Twitter and website followers and her media pull being so high there will be a lot of social media that will post Chelsea’s story increasing her likelihood of being found.
The best case scenario is that Chelsea returns home on her own or someone recognizes her dog as it would stand out more than Chelsea herself, especially since she can easily hide her identity under a hoodie and sunglasses.
Hopefully Chelsea had a destination and a place to go, as being homeless in New York is scary for someone so young.