Saturday 25 March 2017

UPDATE: Missing Beyonce and Rihanna dancer is found alive

Shirlene Quigley, a backing dancer who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna, is reported missing
Shirlene Quigley, a backing dancer who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna, is reported missing
Shirlene Quigley, a backing dancer who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna, is reported missing

Sasha Brady

Shirlene Quigley, a former backup dancer for Beyonce and Rihanna who was reported missing on Monday, has been found.

Sources tell TMZ she showed up in New Jersey and is currently under doctors' care in hospital.

Shirlene was reported missing after friends and family became concerned when they couldn't locate her, and police officials found her car outside a Hertz facility in New Jersey and her phone was found at a bridal store in Manhattan.

Rihanna joined those urging people to help find the missing dancer. She posted an emotional plea on Instagram on Monday night.

Shirlene Quigley, a backing dancer who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna, is reported missing
Shirlene Quigley, a backing dancer who has worked with Beyonce and Rihanna, is reported missing

The Umbrella singer, who counts Quigley among her close friends, shared a video of Quigley and wrote: "This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!! My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen or has any information on@shirlenequigley's whereabouts .....PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department."

Missy Elliott also used her social media to encourage her fans to get involved in the hunt for Quigley, writing: "URGENT Message*** PLEASE If anyone has seen or heard from Shirlene Quigley @shirlenequigley please contact the North Bergen police... If you have any information please come forward. Please share and help us find her!! #shirlenequigley amazing SWEET CARING SPIRIT who is LOVED by MANY! I NEED Y'ALL TO REPOST get this info out there! Please help with any information."

According to NBC, Quigley was last seen getting onto a bus at New York's Port Authority at around 1am. It's reported that she was wearing a pink top, blue jeans and high heels. Her landlord told police that she saw her leave in the same outfit hours earlier.

The site reports that her mobile phone was found at a bridal store in the upscale Manhattan neighbourhood of Chelsea; her father believes she was there to pick up something for a show but the reason she was there has not been confirmed.

Her father, Brad Quigley, told the the New York Post that he didn't think she was there to pick up a wedding dress for herself. He was unaware of any possible wedding plans or that his deeply religious daughter was even in a relationship.

“What’s really odd is that, if she got married, she would so want me and her mother to be there,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

He told police that she usually calls him at 6pm and he became concerned when he didn't hear from her. He told the newspaper that before she vanished she was acting 'euphoric'. 

Her friends have said that the celebrity dancer was acting out of character in the days leading up to her disappearance. She reportedly posted a cryptic message to a friend which has caused concern among her circle.

"Get ready, it's about to happen and I'm going to need you to sub for me," she allegedly said. Another friend reported that her car is also missing.

"Shirlene is a responsible and successful professional dancer and beloved dance teacher who has been missing since her phone was found and turned in to the police on Friday evening.

"She was last seen early Sunday morning at Port Authority and may be disoriented and in need of medical attention. Her car, at this time, is also missing,' the friend said.

According to her website, Quigley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but moved to New York City to work as a dancer.

"She has performed all over the world at arenas worldwide touring with some of the biggest stars of our generation," the bio reads, "dancing on television, commercial, film, and music videos with artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Destiny's Child, Missy Elliot, Mary J Blige, Jamie Foxx, Ray J, PorcelainBlack, Lil Romeo, Ashanti, Fantasia, Jaheim and many more."

Quigley's career kicked off when she appeared in Beyonce's Crazy in Love video in 2003. On Monday, Rihanna posted a message on Instagram asking people to help locate the celebrity dancer.

"This beautiful soul and former dancer of mine is missing," she wrote. "My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her."

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