Sinead O'Connor found safe after scare in Chicago suburb

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Singer Sinead O'Connor found safe after brief disappearance in Illinois


Hours after Wilmette, IL, police confirmed they were searching for Sinead O'Connor, who was reported missing since Sunday (May 15), the Wilmette Police Department announced that O'Connor has been safely located. "She is safe, and is no longer listed as a missing/endangered person," the Wilmette PD said in a statement released at 1:45 p.m. local time. Chicago Tribune first reported the news.

Earlier today (May 16), police told Billboard they were "seeking to check the well-being of Sinead O'Connor. O'Connor reportedly left the Wilmette area for a bicycle ride yesterday at 6:00 a.m. and has not returned. A caller has expressed concern for her well-being and no other information is available at this time."

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NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Sinead O'Connor performs on stage during Day 2 of Bestival 2013 at Robin Hill Country Park on September 6, 2013 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by C Brandon/Redferns via Getty Images)
Musicians Sinead O'Connor, left, and Deborah Harry pose together at amfAR's Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The Gala benefits AIDs research worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Robbie Shakespeare, left, and Sly Dunbar pose with Sinead O'Connor, center, and the award they recieved at the Prime Minister Independence Gala in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday, August 6, 2005.The event was to celebrate Jamaica's 43rd year of independence at which a a special tribute to Bob Marley in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his birth was made. Sly and Robbie, "The Riddim Twins", have worked with international artists such as Sinead O'Connor, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones and Herbie Hancock. ( AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs at the Prime Minister Independence Gala in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday Aug. 6, 2005. The event was to celebrate Jamaica 's 43rd year of independence at which a a special tribute to Bob Marley in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his birth was made. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Sinead O'Connor arrives at amfAR's Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The Gala benefits AIDs research worldwide. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
FILE--After three years of therapy, Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, shown in this 1993 file photo, is back on the music scene, with a new outlook on life. O'Connor, 28, is performing this summer with other acts as part of the Lollapalooza '95 tour. It marks her first U.S. appearance since the then-bald singer was booed at a Bob Dylan tribute concert three years ago, after tearing up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on NBC's ``Saturday Night Live.'' She sings about her struggles as a victim of child abuse. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor displays two of her three awards she won at the 7th annual MTV Video Music Awards in Universal City, Ca., Thursday evening, Sept. 6, 1990. O'Connor won for her single "Nothing Compares 2 U" in the video of the year, female video and post modern video categories. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs at the Prime Minister Independence Gala in Kingston, Jamaica, Saturday Aug. 6, 2005. The event was to celebrate Jamaica 's 43rd year of independence at which a a special tribute to Bob Marley in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his birth was made. (AP Photo/Collin Reid)
Sinead O'Connor performs at an outdoor plaza at 59th St. and Fifth Avenue in New York Monday, June 12, 2000, for a taping of the CBS "Early Show." The performance took place despite a suit filed by nearby residents seeking a temporary injunction to halt the concerts, which they say are too loud. The television program will air Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Irish pop singer Sinead O'Connor stands by the backdrop of her album cover during the launching of her album "Throw Down Your Arms," scheduled to be released in September, Monday, Aug. 8, 2005 in Kingston, Jamaica. She recorded the album in Kingston earlier this year with several top Jamaican musicians, including drummer Sly Dunbar, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, guitarist Mikey Chung and trombonist Nambo Robinson. (AP PHOTO/Collin Reid)
BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 19: Irish singer Sinead O'Connor performs live during a concert at the Astra on April 19, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Jakubaszek/Redferns via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Singer Sinead O'Connor attends the Giorgio Armani & The Cinema Society screening of 'Albert Nobbs' at the Museum of Modern Art on December 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 27: Sinead O'Connor performs during Mencap's Little Noise Sessions at St John-At-Hackney on November 27, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
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Last fall, O'Connor was found safe after an alleged overdose in Dublin, following a Facebook post that many took as a potential suicide note.

Following the death of Prince (who wrote O'Connor's most famous song, "Nothing Compares 2 U"), O'Connor accused Arsenio Hall of supplying drugs to the musical icon. Hall responded with a $5 million defamation lawsuit, which O'Connor said she was "amused" by.


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