Rosie O'Donnell's 17-Year-Old Daughter Chelsea Has Been Found

by Meredith B. Kile 10:33 AM PDT, August 19, 2015
Playing Rosie O'Donnell's 17-Year-Old Daughter Chelsea Has Been Found

Rosie O’Donnell’s teenage daughter Chelsea has been found.

The TV host and actress tweeted the good news Tuesday evening, writing, "Chelsea has been found and is safe in police custody - thank u all for the help and light #missingchildren."

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According to police, Chelsea -- whose 18th birthday is next week -- was found in the Shore area of New Jersey. The South Nyack police were taking her to the police station before bringing her home. Sgt. Daniel Wilson told ET that Chelsea was coherent when she was located.

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The former View co-host’s rep issued a statement to ET after Chelsea was found, thanking police for their help in locating O’Donnell’s daughter: "Rosie wants to thank everyone for their help, especially the South Nyack, NY and Barneget Light, NJ police departments. Her daughter Chelsea O’Donnell has been located by the police and is safe in their custody."

“Chelsea is such a powerful, passionate person," a close friend of Chelsea's told ET. "Sometimes it's hard for people that are blessed with such a zest for everything to feel justified in a world much smaller than the capacity of their hearts. She is giggly and ambitious and has the power within her to not only catch up to her desires but to even outrun them with time to spare. Literally! Chelsea is fire! Both burning bold and strong, while also warming the hearts of others at the same time.”

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O’Donnell had revealed Tuesday morning that her 17-year-old daughter, who suffers from mental health issues, had been missing for a week. A source close to the family confirmed to ET that the family did not suspect foul play nor fear that Chelsea was abducted. 

After police had located her daughter, O'Donnell spoke to WCBS outside her home, saying that this ordeal has been difficult for her.

"It has not been easy, for any mother of a child with mental illness, or for all the siblings," she said, adding that Chelsea is "really not well." 

"Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe," Rosie's rep, Cindi Berger, told ET at the time.