Rosie O'Donnell's daughter found safe hours after going missing

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Rosie O'Donnell's 17-year-old daughter Chelsea has been found safe and well, several hours after she was reported missing in New York.

"Rosie wants to thank everyone for their help, especially the South Nyack, NY and Barnegat Light, NJ police departments," the comedian's spokeswoman Cindi Berger said in a statement. "Her daughter Chelsea O'Donnell has been located by the police and is safe in their custody."

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Rosie O'Donnell's daughter Chelsea has been found after going missing in New York



The talk show hosted also tweeted to let her fans know the good news: "Chelsea has been found and is safe in police custody – thank u all for the help and light #missingchildren."

Chelsea was found in New Jersey where authorities reported she was in good health. Police had been searching for her since Sunday, and she had last been seen on 11 August, according to a statement posted on Rosie's website on Tuesday.

Rosie appealed for the public's help locating Chelsea on Tuesday



"Chelsea stopped taking her medicine and is in need of medical attention," it read, adding that the teenager had left home with her therapy dog Bear.

Representative Cindi said: "Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness. It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe." She added: "(Rosie and Chelsea) have a good relationship. Rosie loves Chelsea very much."

A source confirmed to People that Rosie did not report the teenager missing until Sunday because she thought she was with friends, stating that Chelsea had no money and no phone.

The comedian then tweeted to let fans know the teenager had been found



Chelsea is Rosie's adopted daughter from her marriage to Kelli Carpenter-O'Donnell – the pair are also parents to Blake and Vivienne.

In February, Rosie announced her split from wife Michelle Rounds; the couple are parents to the star's youngest child Dakota. Around the same time, the 53-year-old confirmed her departure from chat show The View, in order to focus on her health and her family.

"There's lots of stuff going on at home and there's lots of stuff going on at work," Rosie admitted. "The only thing I can really control is the work, by leaving."

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