Law enforcement officials investigating the disappearance of a Michigan woman last month have said they are perplexed by the evidence they have gathered so far.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Adrienne Quintal has been missing from her family’s cabin in Honor, Michigan, since October 17. She reportedly called a family friend at 2:34 that morning, and told them that she had been in a shootout with two unidentified men, and asked the friend to call police. Quintal, 47, told her friend that one of the men had pointed a gun at her and that she had shot the other man in the face.
It remains unclear why Quintal did not call authorities herself. According to a police press release obtained by WWTV, officers did not arrive to the cabin until 3:15 a.m., because they had initially been given an incorrect address. When they arrived, they found Quintal’s belongings, including a handgun, but there was no sign of her. Quintal’s boots and cell phone were reportedly found on the roof of the cabin.
Police told the news station that Quintal told her friend that the man or men had been shooting at her from outside the cabin, and that detectives found bullet holes in the windows and on the ceiling of the cabin.
But detectives did not find any blood evidence or an indication that someone had fired shots from outside of the cabin into the home.
“We’re very puzzled by this case,” Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel told the news station.
“I’ve been doing this for 39 years and there’s just a lot of things going that this just doesn’t make sense.”
Jenny Bryson, Quintal’s sister, told the news station she believes her sister must have been very frightened.
“She must have been terrified in order to shoot … She heard noises outside and whatever it was frightened her enough to make a phone call to a friend and that’s how everything started,” Bryson said.
Quintal’s family told WWTV that Quintal has a concealed firearm license.
Authorities are reportedly planning to dispatch cadaver dogs to search the woods around the property, but as of Saturday had not done so because of the cold temperatures.
“If she ran out into the woods she wouldn’t have been able to survive in the woods. Especially not for this long,” Bryson told the news station.
“We just want to know if she’s okay.”
Quintal’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to her.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 882-4484.
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