chelsea-odonnellThe 17-year-old daughter of comedian/actress, Rosie O’Donnell, is missing. A plea for help was issued this morning as the family and authorities continue to search for Chelsea O’Donnell who has not been seen since August 11, 2015. While details are scant, an announcement stated that the girl has “stopped taking her medicine” for an undisclosed mental illness.

Website Plea

Along with a tweet, the following post appeared on O’Donnell’s website:  

Rosie O’Donnell’s 17 year old daughter, Chelsea O’Donnell was reported missing. Nyack, New York police authorities have been looking for her in the Rockland County area since Sunday, August 16. She was last seen Tuesday, August 11. She was wearing a black sweatshirt hoodie, dark ripped blue jeans, women’s grey converse sneakers and a black backpack. Chelsea has a large tattoo on her right side of a dream catcher with the word ‘Breathe.’ She left home with her 6 month old therapy dog named Bear. The dog is a 9 lbs brown and black terrier. Chelsea stopped taking her medicine and is in need of medical attention. Any information please contact authorities at 845-358-0206 or 911.

History of Mental Illness

O’Donnell contacted the South Nyack Police in upstate New York on Sunday after Chelsea failed to come home.  Some reports suggest that she ran away from home but there has been no official statement on the matter. What is known is that Chelsea is out on her own and needs help. This must be an incredibly gut wrenching time for the O’Donnell family who, undoubtedly, are devastated by her disappearance.

Family spokesperson, Cindi Berger, did explain: “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.” As Berger said, many loved ones can relate to this situation but it’s a reminder that mental illness can affect anyone regardless of age, race or socioeconomic background.

How The Public Can Help 

People are encouraged to keep an eye out for the missing girl. Again, here are some details about Chelsea O’Donnell:

  • Last seen around Nyack, New York but could be in New York City
  • Wearing black sweatshirt hoodie, dark ripped jeans and grey Converse sneakers
  • Has a tattoo of a dreamcatcher and the word “Breathe” on her right side
  • May be with her brown and black, 6-month-old terrier dog, Bear

Anyone with information about Chelsea’s whereabouts should contact authorities at 845-358-0206 or call 911.