Shortly after Rosie O’Donnell confirmed her 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea, was found alive and safe, new details emerged about her disappearance.
Earlier this week, when the mother-of-five, 35, sent out a series of tweets about a man named Steve Sheerer, a 25-year-old convicted drug offender, multiple outlets reported Chelsea was with the convict after they met on the dating app Tinder — a claim Rosie seemingly confirmed by retweeting one of the articles.
Sheerer charged wthird-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, pic.twitter.com/pxfvC5rJYc— Rosie (@Rosie) August 19, 2015
Sheerer charged wthird-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, pic.twitter.com/pxfvC5rJYc
As Rosie explained in her tweet, he was arrested in 2012 for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and child endangerment.
According to the Daily Mail article retweeted by the comedienne, authorities were able to track Chelsea’s location using signals from the “burner phone” she purchased after abandoning her own cell phone at her Nyack, N.Y. home.
Chelsea (seen to her mother’s left) and her siblings, Vivienne and Blake. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The New Jersey resident allegedly told police the teenager was not on his property, but cops later found her — and her therapy dog, Bear — hiding out in the attic, at which point she went willingly with the authorities.
Chelsea told police that after departing her own home on Aug. 11, she took a train into NYC and spent a few days in Manhattan before boarding a bus to Barneget Light, N.J., where she met up with the convict she met online.
Chelsea and Rosie — with tennis pro Billie Jean King — in 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Rosie has yet to comment on the situation or give details, only revealing that her daughter suffers from mental illness and was in need of medication at the time of her disappearance.
She did briefly respond to a fan who expressed shock at the situation, tweeting, “No mom is perfect, we all do our best.”