Warren County, Va. Sheriff Daniel McEathron discusses the allegation that Michaele Salahi had been kidnapped prior to learning that she had apparently instead run off with the lead guitar player for Journey, according to TMZ.
By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report
Front Royal, VA – FBI agents (and TV crews) descended this afternoon on the Warren County home of Tareq and Michaele Salahi to investigate allegations that Mrs. Salahi had been kidnapped.
Rather than being held against her will, Mrs. Salahi had instead run off with Journey lead guitarist Neal Schon, according to the Hollywood gossip site TMZ.com which reported tonight that Michaele was in Memphis where the band is set for a concert with Foreigner.
The first hint of potential domestic trouble in the Salahi home came on Sept. 7 when Tareq sent this writer a Facebook add request with a message saying he had set up his own profile, sans Michaele. This seemed very odd since they usually do everything together.
Then according to Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron, Mr. Salahi called the Sheriff’s office Tuesday at 11:50 pm to report that his wife was missing. Deputy Mike Glavis called him back at 11:55 pm to get the details. Shortly afterward, the sheriff’s office got in touch with Mrs. Salahi who “seemed calm, was engaged in conversation and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be,” according to the Sheriff who said Mrs. Salahi indicated she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was.
After midnight, Deputy Glavis called Mr. Salahi to tell him his wife was safe but didn’t want to come home.
Don’t Stop Believing
12 hours after the sheriff’s office told Tareq they had spoken with his wife and she was safe, TMZ ran a story saying they “just spoke with Tareq” and that he believed “his wife was abducted but he doesn’t feel the cops are taking the situation seriously.”
According to TMZ, “he believes Michaele had been FORCED to make the phone calls [to the Warren County Sheriff’s office] by her abductor … and believes she is in very real danger … especially because the Salahis have received death threats in the past.”
Tareq Salahi gave interviews to a skeptical cadre of media who had camped out in front of his house for the first time since the White House State Dinner fiasco. One tear jerker was with a reporter for WRC-4 who literally asked Tareq to “swear to God” his story was true. He did.
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Earlier today I spoke with Salahi attorney David Silek.