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Police in Chicago suburb find missing Sinead O'Connor

USA TODAY USA TODAY 16/05/2016 Maria Puente

Sinead O'Connor, the Irish singer with a history of mental illness, went missing in a Chicago suburb for more than a day but has been located, according to the local police.

Police in the village of Wilmette, Ill., north of Chicago, confirmed that O'Connor has been located, is no longer missing and is safe.

The local paper, The Wilmette Beacon, also reported the news, and added that O'Connor has been staying with friends in Wilmette for several weeks.

A check-for-well-being alert, sent out by police Sgt. Michael Robinson in Wilmette on Monday, said O'Connor, 49, went for a bike ride in the area on Sunday at 6 a.m. and did not immediately return.

An unnamed caller expressed concern for her well being, according to the alert.

Police said they had no further information, and declined to answer more questions.

But according to her Facebook page, about three hours after she was last seen according to the alert, she posted a long message that was unclear and confusing. It did not mention where she was when she posted it.

Sinead O'Connor in October 2014 in Milan, Italy. © Antonio Calanni, AP Sinead O'Connor in October 2014 in Milan, Italy.

O'Connor has claimed to be suicidal in the past, and has received mental-health treatment for it.

Most recently, in November, she posted an alarming suicide threat on Facebook, saying she had taken an overdose because of a “horrifying set of betrayals.”

“There is only so much any woman can be expected to bear,” the post read. “I’ve taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect.”

She said in the post she was not at home. "I’m at a hotel, somewhere in Ireland, under another name. If I wasn’t posting this, my kids and family wouldn’t even find out.”

O'Connor recently was sued for libel by comedian and talk-show host Arsenio Hall, after she accused him in another Facebook post of supplying the late superstar Prince with drugs. Hall's rep vociferously denied that accusation.

"Two words for the DEA investigating where Prince got his drugs over the decades: Arsenio Hall ... Anyone imagining prince was not a long time hard drug user is living in cloud cuckoo land," O'Connor said in the post.

(O'Connor scored her biggest hit with her cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U but had a testy relationship with the singer.)

She said she had reported Hall to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating Prince's April 21 death, possibly from a prescription painkiller overdose, and warned Hall, "You best get tidying your man cave."

O'Connor has been up front about her battle with depression over the years and has publicly pleaded on social media for help.

New Zealand readers seeking help with issues raised in this story please contact: Lifeline: 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999 within Auckland. Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234.

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