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Rihanna pleads for info about missing backup dancer Shirlene Quigley

Rihanna posted an emotional plea online for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing dancer from New Jersey who also performed with Beyoncé.

Backup Dancer Missing

This undated photo provided by the North Bergen Police Department shows Shirlene Quigley, who has been dancing professionally since the age of 18. (North Bergen Police Department/Associated Press)

Shirlene Quigley, 32, was seen by her landlord leaving her North Bergen residence on Saturday, police said.

Another person reported seeing Quigley near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan early Sunday. Her father reported her missing.

Her car and cellphone have been found by New York City police.

“This beautiful soul, and former dancer of mine is MISSING!!! My heart aches thinking of how heavy this is on all who love her!” the singer posted on Instagram, along with a video of Quigley.

Big break with Beyoncé

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Quigley was 18 when she landed her big break: dancing back-up for Beyoncé in the video for the singer’s 2003 hit Crazy In Love, according to her website.

Dressed in a white tank top and white hoop earrings, Quigley can be seen grooving next to the pop superstar at the 1:15 mark.

Quigley’s abilities and bubbly personality also brought her work with such international musical artists as Chris Brown, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx and Missy Elliot.

Elliott also took to social media Monday, writing that Quigley was wearing “a pink jacket and 3-4 inch heels” when she went missing and urged people on Instagram to call police with any information on her location.

Cryptic message

Quigley’s father told WNBC-TV she left a message with a friend that states: “Get ready, it’s about to happen and I’m going to need you to sub for me.”

In the video, Quigley speaks about treating each other as family.

“Imagine if we treated each other like we all really came from the same family,” Quigley says.

“I know people probably think I’m crazy because I’m always telling everyone `I love you! I love you!’ Because the minute that I meet somebody I do love them because I know in my heart and in my spirit that that’s my brother and my sister, that’s my neighbour.”

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/rihanna-missing-dancer-1.3820411?cmp=rss