Michigan Deer Hunters Asked To Look For Signs Of Missing Woman

Investigators are currently working three theories

WWJ News
November 20, 2019 - 11:27 am
Adrienne Quintal

(Photo courtesy Benze County Sheriff's Office)

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(WWJ) With hundreds of thousands of deer hunters in the field throughout Michigan, authorities are asking them to look for any sign of a missing woman. 

Adrienne Quintal of Southfield disappeared from her family cabin in Honor about a month ago.

"There's two specific deer camps located in that general area," Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel told WWJ's Beth Fisher. "And we did make contact with them to make them aware of, you know, what's going on and if they come across anything to immediately contact the sheriff's office."

Quintal, 47, was last heard from early in the morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, when she called a friend in Warren asking for help, officials said.

Quintal told the friend she was involved in a shooting with two men, and detectives determined there had been several shots fired from inside the cabin, out.  

No shots had been fired into the cabin, Schendel said, where Quintal's cell phone, purse, and a handgun were found; and there was no blood. 

"The totality of the evidence that we currently have tends us to scratch our heads a little bit and say, you know, this is not the norm of typical shootouts and things like that; crime scenes and such," Schendel said. 

Schendel said at this point they have three theories:

"The first theory is that something medical happened with her; maybe she got into some bad drugs and, you know, shot the place up and the ran off into the woods," he told Fisher. "The second theory, obviously, is that she was abducted. And the third is that she may have staged this...So those are the three avenues that we are currently working."

Schendel said this remains an active investigation, as his department continue to receive tips. 

"We're received a dozen or so, and some are worth looking into. Others are, you know, we've kinda already gone down that route. But we are getting some new information and we are following up on that," he said. "So we're gonna dot our i's and cross our t's and keep plugging along, and hopefully we'll get that one break from the public that will hopefully locate her." 

Quintal, who goes by the nickname "Ada," is described as a white female with long brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5'7'' tall and weighs around 125 lbs. 

Until Nov, 30, her family is offering $20,000 for information that leads to Quintal's location. After that, the reward will go back down to $10,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Benzie County Sheriff's Office at 231-882-4487. Tips can also be submitted to the Michigan State Police Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.