Missing Sinead O’Connor Found Safe

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Chicago: Sinead O’Connor was found safe in the Chicago suburbs on Monday, a day after the Irish singer set off alarm by not returning from a bicycle ride, police said.

Police in Wilmette, Illinois had voiced concern for the safety of Ms O’Connor, who has worried many fans with recent Facebook postings that sounded suicidal.

Hours after the police issued an alert, which set off a flurry of concerned messages on social media, authorities said the 49-year-old had been found.

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“Sinead O’Connor has been located. She is safe and is no longer listed as a missing/endangered person,” a police statement said.

A police spokesman declined to offer further details. The Wilmette Beacon newspaper reported that Ms O’Connor had been staying in the suburb for several weeks with friends.

Police said that a caller had reached out to voice concern as the singer had not been heard from since Sunday at 6 am (1100 GMT) when she went on a bicycle ride.

Brian King, the local police chief, told the Chicago Tribune that Ms O’Connor was riding a motorized bicycle and wearing a sweatshirt with “Ireland” written on the back.