Intense Weekend Search, But Still No Sign Of Adrienne Quintal

WWJ News
December 09, 2019 - 3:20 pm
Adrienne Quintal

(Photo courtesy Benze County Sheriff's Office)


HONOR, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A Southfield woman remains missing after a weekend search with police, dogs and volunteers in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Adrienne Quintal's family said trail dogs picked up her scent, but cadaver dogs did not during an intensified search through what Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel described as rough "swampy area."

A sister, Jenny Bryson, said she expects that the search will resume at some point, but weather will be a key factor. Frigid temperatures and a wintry mix turning to snow is in forecast for Northern Michigan.

Quintal, 47, was reported missing in October from a family cabin in Honor, about 20 miles southwest of Traverse City. 

The night of Oct. 17, authorities say Quintal called a friend downstate to say she was involved in a shootout with two men at the cabin. She said she'd shot one of the men in the face, and urged her friend to call the police.

Deputies searched the cabin, finding bullet holes fired from the inside out, but no blood, and no sign of Quintal — other than the purse, phone and vehicle she left behind. 

While Benzie County Lt. Troy Lamerson told WWJ that searchers were bringing in dogs specially trained sniff out human remains, he said investigators do believe Quintal may still be found alive. 

"I don't think we've given up," Lamerson said, in a Dec. 4 interview. "We're just trying rule that out as a possibility. We're really not certain what has happened to her; if she was taken against her will, if she's voluntarily missing, or if she had some type of medical issue that caused her to run out into the woods."

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. 

A cash reward pf $10,000 is available for information on her whereabouts. 

Anyone who knows anything 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.