'Real Housewives of D.C.'s' Michaele Salahi Not Missing But 'Does Not Want to Be Home Right Now,' Say Officials
Virginia's Warren County Sheriff's Office issued a statement saying she was "fine," hours after her husband, Tareq, said he thought she had been kidnapped.
The Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi isn't missing after all.
On Wednesday, her husband, Tareq, asked the public to help find his wife, telling TMZ that "may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities, she is OK."
He said the last time he saw her at home was around 11 a.m. Tuesday; she told him she was going to see her hairstylist, but didn't make the appointment, and he hadn't seen her since.
Authorities say that they spoke to Tareq around midnight Tuesday, about six hours after his wife called him from an Oregon area code but failed to make further contact.
"Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later," the sheriff's office said. "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 Salahis came to fame after they were accused of crashing a White House state dinner in 2009; they deny the allegations.
The couple then went on to appear in Bravo's Real Housewives of D.C., which lasted only one season.