Beyonce, Rihanna Backup Dancer Missing, Last Seen at Port Authority
The North Bergen Police Department is investigating the disappearance of a backup dancer who has performed with pop stars Rihanna and Beyonce.
Shirlene Quigley, 32, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, was last seen by her landlord on Oct. 22 at approximately 3:00 p.m., while leaving her residence, according to a statement by the police department. She was wearing a pink top, blue jeans and high heels.
Shortly after driving into Manhattan, she was reportedly seen shopping at The Bridal Garden on West 21st Street, which comes as a surprise to her father Brad Quigley, who lives in California.
“What’s really odd is that, if she got married, she would so want me and her mother to be there,” Brad Quigley said, reported the New York Post. “I don’t know what’s going on.”
Shirlene’s cell phone was later found in the bridal shop and her 2006 Silver Mercedes C230 was located by New York City police officers at 126 W. 55th St. Her Facebook page has since been deleted.
She was then last seen getting on a bus at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City at around 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 23.
“We don’t suspect foul play,” North Bergen Sgt. Jusino Brunson said. “We’re investigating this as a missing person.”
Quigley said he grew increasingly concerned when he hadn’t heard from Shirlene for their daily 6 p.m. call.
“I just want her to come home, or if someone has her to let her be,” he told NBC New York. “She’s everything to me. She’s why I live.”
Quigley told NBC New York that recently his daughter told a friend, “Get ready, it’s about to happen and I’m going to need you to sub for me,” which he found to be a strange comment.
According to her online biography, Quigley is originally from Los Angeles, California, and her dance career took off when she was casted as one of the original “uhh ohh girls” in Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” music video. Since then she has worked with the likes of Missy Elliot, Ashanti, Fantasia, and Rihanna. She teaches at the Broadway Dance Center.
Rihanna took to Instagram on Monday, posting a video of Quigley and pleading for anyone who has seen her to notify New Jersey authorities.
“This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!! My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her! If anyone has seen of has any information on @shirlenequigley’s whereabouts…..PLEASE CONTACT the North Bergen Police Department 201 392 2100!!!!”
Missy Elliott posted a photo collage of Quigley to Facebook, urging people to call police if they have any information on her whereabouts.
Several Facebook pages were launched to help find the missing dancer and teacher.
Shirlene Quigley is described as being 5’10” 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She has a few tattoos: “Emotion” on her inside right forearm, “Daddy’s Girl” on top of her left foot,” and the zodiac sign for Cancer on the small of her back, reported the Gothamist.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the he North Bergen Police Department at (201) 392-2092.