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Details behind Rihanna backup dancer Shirlene Quigley’s disappearance & recovery

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The search is over — Rihanna's missing backup dancer has been found

Update, Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m. PST: Shirlene Quigley, the dance teacher who had been missing since Sunday morning, was found on Tuesday.

A police officer confirmed to Newser that Quigley was in an "undisclosed location" and that her family was headed to see her. Details about her condition weren't released, but police did say she was "safe and being treated."

Details about Quigley's disappearance are still few and far between, but according to her father, she left a mysterious message with a friend saying, "Get ready, it's about to happen and I'm going to need you to sub for me."

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Rihanna and Missy Elliott are asking for fans' help to find a dancer who has been missing since late last week.

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Huffington Post reports that Shirlene Quigley, who has worked as a backup dancer for Rihanna, Elliott and other stars, including Beyoncé, was last seen at the Port Authority bus terminal in New York around 1 a.m. EST Sunday, and police are looking for information about where she might be.

"This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!!" Rihanna wrote on Instagram Monday. "My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen or has any information on @shirlenequigley’s whereabouts ..... PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department 201 392 2100 !!!!"

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Elliott also made a few posts to social media asking for help to find Quigley. In one post that has since been deleted, she described what Quigley was reportedly wearing the last time she was seen.

"She was wearing a pink jacket and 3-4 inch heels," Elliott wrote. "The police have her phone. At this time a police report has been filed. If you have any information please come forward. Please share and help us find her!! #shirlenequigley amazing SWEET CARING SPIRIT who is LOVED by MANY! I NEED YALL TO REPOST get this info out there!"

Since deleting that post, Elliott has retweeted others that include pictures of Quigley and contact information for the North Bergen Police Department.

Quigley was reported missing by her father, who said they normally talk on the phone daily at 6 p.m., and he started to worry when she didn't call. Police found Quigley's phone at a New York City bridal shop.

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