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Michigan Family That Went Missing After Strange 911 Call Found In Wisconsin
Anthony Cirigliano made a paranoid phone call to police about Sept. 11, and then he, his wife, Suzette, and their sons Brandon and Noah disappeared for a week.
The search for a missing Michigan family has ended with everyone being found safely.
Police in Fremont, Michigan, which is about 45 miles north of Grand Rapids, had announced last week that they were looking for the Cirigliano family —father Anthony, 51, mother Suzette, 51, and boys Brandon, 19, and Noah, 15 — at the request of their relatives. The statement from police on Wednesday said their relatives last had last heard from them on Sunday, Oct. 16 and their phones appeared to have been turned off at that time.
Fremont Police Department Chief Tim Rodwell told Fox News last week that all the phones but Anthony's had been found during a search of the home and that there had been no activity on the adults' credit cards or bank accounts since Sunday.
Worse yet, Suzette Cirigliano's mother, who lived with the family and has dementia, was found wandering the streets on Monday after the family apparently left but made no arrangements for her care.
Police later released a 911 call that Anthony Cirigliano made on Sunday before the family disappeared, according to Fox News.
"Everyone is OK," he told the dispatcher. "I need some police protection immediately."
He specifically requested the presence of Capt. Jon Geeting, whether or not the officer was on duty.
"It is of vital national interest," Anthony Cirigliano explained. "It is related to September 11th and people want to erase me from the face of the earth."
"I'm not crazy. Mr. Geeting knows me," he added. "I'm a Christian. I just need some help. And then the U.S. government will take it from here. I know this sounds crazy, you don't have instructions for this. Please just send someone that knows Geeting and can talk to U.S. authorities, please."
Rodwell told Fox that responding officers heard more of the "elaborate" story when they responded.
"He was displaying to my officers paranoia and some concerns in regard to the FBI and CIA," he said, but officers did not see any sign of imminent danger.
Michigan State Police eventually determined that the family could be seen on a security video from a gas station on Friday, where they bought food.
On Sunday, the Fremont Police announced that the family had been located in Wisconsin. They are "still of the opinion that people are after them, but the elements of the investigation do not meet the criteria for protective custody," police told Grand Rapids NBC affiliate WOOD.