Benzie County Sheriff: I Have Three Theories About What Happened to Missing Woman

The Benzie County Sheriff says he has an idea of what may have happened to a woman who has been missing for more than a month now.

Deputies started looking for Adrienne Quintal last month. The 47-year-old Warren woman vanished from a family cabin in Honor in October. The night she went missing, she called a friend in the middle of the night asking for help, and for her to call 911.

Deputies revealed they found bullet holes on the front window and ceiling of the cabin, indicating that Quintal or someone in the home fired shots from the inside out. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found Quintal’s shoes and phone on the roof of the cabin, but she was nowhere to be found.

Now, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel says he has three theories about what happened to her:

The first is that she was taking drugs, got spooked, and ran into the woods. The second is that someone abducted her, and his third theory is a lot more mysterious.

“The third one is she possibly staged the whole thing, because the pieces of the puzzle are not coming together,” said Schendel. “We tried to get the cadaver dogs but they’re not available but they will be.”

A few weeks ago, the Sheriff’s Department planned to search the area with nine cadaver dogs, but it was too cold for them to work. Now, the Sheriff is trying to gather volunteers and cadaver handlers to conduct another search in the woods.

He is asking hunters in the area to keep a look out for anything suspicious in the woods near the cabin.

Quintal’s sister says they’re now doubling the reward to $20,000 for information that leads to her location, but the offer doesn’t last long. On Nov. 30, the offer will go back to $10,000.

If you know anything about Adrienne Quintal’s disappearance call the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 882-4484.