Family of 4 missing from Michigan found safe in Wisconsin after ‘abnormal’ disappearance
A family of four from Michigan, who had not been seen or heard from for days after the father called 911 and exhibited paranoid behavior, have been found safe in Wisconsin, police said Sunday.
NBC affiliate WOOD of Grand Rapids reported that police tracked down the Cirigliano family in the town of Steven’s Point, Wis., around 11 a.m. Sunday.
Authorities interviewed all family members and determined they were safe, WOOD reported.
“They are still of the opinion that people are after them, but the elements of the investigation do not meet the criteria for custody,” police said. “The family member who required full-time care is cared for by other family members.”
Additional details were not immediately available and Freemont Police could not immediately be reached for comment.
Fremont Police and Michigan State Police previously said family members have not heard from Anthony and Suzette Cirigliano, both 51, or their sons Brandon, 19. years, and Noah, 15, since October 16, and their phone was turned off. Their disappearances prompted both police departments to issue missing persons alerts for the family.
They were last seen at a gas station on Friday in Gulliver, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, shopping for fuel and food, police said.
Early last Sunday — the last day other family members had heard from the family — Anthony Cirigliano had exhibited paranoid behavior, according to state police, who were assisting in the case.
He called 911 and when officers arrived he was “talking about issues or information he had regarding the 9/11 attacks,” Rodwell said.
Officers made sure everyone was safe and OK, spending about an hour with Anthony Cirigliano, and also spoke to Suzette, Rodwell told WOOD. “Honestly, that’s a very abnormal thing to say and report to the police,” he said.
Before leaving, officers told Anthony and Suzette Cirigliano to call the police with any further issues and they would be there to help, Rodwell said.
Earlier this week, Police Chief Tim Rodwell said investigators had no evidence of foul play.
But he told WOOD that everyone who knew the family was shocked by the disappearance.
“They all describe this as extremely abnormal behavior on the part of Tony and Suzette,” he said.
An elderly parent with dementia whose family was caring for was found walking through the neighborhood on Monday, Rodwell said. She is now cared for by other family members.
Both sons have autism, state police said.
Fremont is a town of about 4,500 people about 35 miles north of Grand Rapids. The family has lived there for four years, Rodwell told the station. Before that, they lived in the Jasper County area of South Carolina.
Julianne McShane contributed.