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Missing Woman Frantically Phoned Friend To Say She Was In A Shootout With Two Men Before She Disappeared From Cabin

When law enforcement arrived at Adrienne Quintal's Michigan cabin, they found bullet holes in the window, but no sign of the missing 47-year-old .

By Jill Sederstrom

A Michigan woman had frantically called a family friend to report that she was in a shootout with two men at her family’s cabin in northern Michigan less than an hour before she disappeared.

Adrienne Quintal placed the call at 2:34 a.m. on Oct. 17 and told her friend that she “had shot one of the men in the face” and that the second man was firing at her, according to a release from the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office.

Quintal then asked the friend to call 911 and provided what she said was the address of the cabin where she was staying. The first deputy arrived at the location provided at 2:50 a.m. but did not see any signs of a disturbance and realized authorities had been given the wrong address.

After receiving the correct address from Quintal’s family members, Benzie County deputies and the Michigan State Police arrived at the scene at 3:15 a.m. but found no sign of the missing woman.

“Officers observed multiple bullet holes in a window of the cabin and searched the area around the cabin for any injured persons or evidence of injured persons,” the sheriff’s office said.

Evidence suggested the shots had been fired from inside the cabin to the outside.

Adrienne Quintal

Investigators were not able to find any evidence to suggest that anyone had fired into the home or evidence of any blood at the scene, local station WWTV reports.

“We’re very puzzled by this case. I’ve been doing this for 39 years and there’s just a lot of things going that this just doesn’t make sense,” Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel told the station.

Investigators were able to find the handgun registered to Quintal on the property and also found her boots and cell phone on the roof the cabin.

Her sister Jenny Bryson told the station she believes her sister may have climbed out the window onto the roof.

“It was terrifying. Terrifying. She must have been terrified in order to shoot,” Bryson said. “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.”

But as the weeks stretch on since Quintal was last heard from, search efforts around the cabin that have included K-9s and thermal imaging have not recovered any sign of the missing woman, the sheriff’s office said.  

"The police have been back out and broadened their search areas. They brought out drones, a whole other team of search parties, they recovered the tracks that they had already covered," her son Nyk White previously told local station WJBK.

White said at the time of her disappearance Quintal had been working on the family’s cabin and had been getting ready for hunting and enjoying the outdoors.

Her boyfriend had been up at the cabin with her, however he left two days before she disappeared, White said.

Quintal’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information in the case, local station WXYZ reports.