Police say Sinead O'Connor found safe

2016-05-17 07:32

Chicago — Police in suburban Chicago said Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor was found safe on Monday after officers received a report that she never returned from a Sunday bike ride in the area.

Wilmette police spokesperson Eric Peterson said O'Connor had been located, "is safe and no longer considered a missing or endangered person," though he wouldn't say where she was found or release details about her condition.

Local police issued a well-being check for O'Connor earlier on Monday, saying someone called to report that she hadn't been seen since leaving for a bicycle ride early on Sunday morning. It's unclear why O'Connor was in Wilmette, an upper-class suburb about 15 miles north of Chicago along Lake Michigan.

O'Connor, who has performed at least twice in Chicago this year, scored an international hit in 1990 with her rendition of Prince's ballad Nothing Compares 2 U. The gifted but troubled singer-songwriter is known as much for her fierce and expressive voice as her shaved head and blunt criticism of the Catholic Church and other institutions.

Police said she reportedly left for her bike ride at 6:00 on Sunday. About two hours later, a rambling message was posted on her official Facebook page that cited an upcoming court hearing and a child custody dispute.

On Friday, a long message posted as an "open letter to my son Shane" encouraged the 12-year-old to bring his own case against Tusla, a child welfare agency in Ireland.

Paradigm Talent Agency, which represents O'Connor, declined comment when reached by The Associated Press earlier on Monday. Her publicist didn't return a message.

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