UPDATE, see new updated version of this story, 8 p.m.: Michaele Salahi wasn’t kidnapped — she ran off with the guitarist from Journey
Is this the end of Tareq and Michaele — or something more sinister?
The Virginia horse-country characters who caused a scandal with their uninvited appearance at a 2009 White House state dinner lit up the Web once again Wednesday, when Tareq Salahi declared that his wife has gone missing — and that he believes she’s been “abducted.”
He told TMZ that he got a call from Michaele late Tuesday, hours after he last saw her, and that local law enforcement told him she had called them to say she’s okay — just taking care of some personal matters. Tareq, though, maintains she may have been coerced to make those phone calls.
Thus far no official word from the Warren County Sheriff’s department. Tareq did not return the Post’s phone calls, nor did Michaele’s mother.
The spotlight has dimmed for the two since “The Real Housewives of D.C.” — which deftly capitalized on their state dinner scandal — failed to get renewed for a second season. But recently the Salahis have been attempting to hype a gala reopening at his family’s Oasis Winery — though it remains mired in an ownership dispute and its assets are scheduled to sell at a bankruptcy auction this weekend.
UPDATED: It’s looking more like a sad domestic matter. The Warren County Sheriff’s department said Wednesday afternoon that they have spoken with Michaele, and that she seems to be fine — but that “she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was.”
In a statement, officials said they’ve got the FBI involved “to make additional contact with Mrs. Salahi to assure her well being.” Michaele, though, told a deputy that “she did not want to be home right now.”