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Tareq Salahi to Police:

MY WIFE'S BEEN KIDNAPPED

9/14/2011 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Real Housewives of D.C." star Tareq Salahi believes his wife Michaele Salahi was abducted in Virginia yesterday ... but he's afraid the cops aren't taking the situation seriously ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ just spoke with Tareq ... who tells us he last saw Michaele at their home around 11 AM ET yesterday ... right before he left to go to their winery.  Tareq says Michaele told him she was going to get her hair done -- but she never went to the appointment ... and she's been missing ever since.

Tareq claims he got a phone call from Michaele late last night ... from an unfamiliar Oregon cell phone number ... and she told him she was going to her mother's house, located minutes away from the Salahi home. 

Tareq says he was suspicious -- so he called Michaele's mother ... who told him she hadn't spoken with Michaele and was unaware of her plans.  That's when Tareq -- fearing Michaele had been abducted -- called the Warren County Sheriff's Dept. for help.

But Tareq claims deputies told him she had already called them -- informing them she was OK and just dealing with some "family issues."

Tareq tells TMZ ... he believes Michaele had been FORCED to make the phone calls by her abductor ... and believes she is in very real danger ... especially because the Salahis have received death threats in the past.

Tareq says he's considering going to other law enforcement for help because he feels the Warren County Sheriffs are not taking proper action. A rep for the WCSD tells TMZ cops are not releasing any info about the situation at this time.

Tareq has issued a statement saying, "We are reaching to the public pleaing [sic] desperately for your help."

He continues, "It is our belief as of last night, that Michaele Salahi may have been kidnapped or abducted and being held under duress and forced to tell persons, including authorities she is okay."

"We are asking the public to please be on the look out for her, and if found please contact the authorities and please approach her and contact the authorities to intervene and that she may be forced to say she is okay, when in fact she is not and being held under possible abduction.

The Salahi family can be reached at 540-635-9933."

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31.

jballz    

I don't believe him, but that's probably because I don't trust people who have no lips.

1046 days ago
32.

Johnny Carcinoma    

Sounds as if she finally couldn't take any more of this loser.

That or they're both just doing more famewhoring. Book and movie deal to follow.

Hello, Balloon Boy!

1046 days ago
33.

Bippy    

"SHE IS IN ARUBA" -Playing a double for the past two bodies that they cannot find!! She is out where the waves break - playing dead - body surfing!

1046 days ago
34.

mel    

Well I could totally see them doing something like this for publicity, but if not....I hope she is okay and gets to her family safely. It's sad that everyone's first instinct is "fame whore." Two days from now, if something terrible has happened and a body shows up, everyone is going to be like "oh how sad".....don't because you don't care now.

1046 days ago
35.

Don Pedro    

Isn't this from the story.....The boy who cried wolf?

1046 days ago
36.

Cooper    

I hope she wasn't kidnapped - but if this is a ruse by these two, they should be horsewhipped.......

1046 days ago
37.

whatsup    

Another reality show in the making!

1046 days ago
38.

Liz    

For some reason this reminds me of the BALLOON BOY episode.

1046 days ago
39.

JP    

Hopefully they will never find her.

1046 days ago
40.

moe    

Even though I can't stand these two, I hope this is not a game and that she is okay

1046 days ago
41.

magmax    

If she was abducted (not likely) she will be returned within 36 hours with an apology and a $100 dollar bill stapled to her forehead.

If she ran off with a lover (most likely) she will be returned within 24 hours with an apology and two $100 dollar bills stapled to her forehead.

1046 days ago
42.

jane    

Thought the winery had to be sold due to their bankruptcy. IF those two ever do need help, they will surely regret all these crazy mind games they like to play on the public...TWISTED!

1046 days ago
43.

DisgustedinDC    

*EYEROLL* Clearly this is a PUBLICITY STUNT. I was wondering how long it was until TMZ dished out cash for yet another Bogus "EXCLUSIVE" Salahi story. Let's see, their "Hollywood Oasis" scam isn't fairing so well..What with being caught by Montel's ppl for using his name, MTV-UK confirms they have ZERO AFFILIATION with the couple- ya know, claims that MTV was going to film the scam.. They're DEAD BROKE, DESPERATE for $$$$- TMZ WHY do you keep paying these ppl? All the cash you have could easily go to some other more tabloid worthy story.

1046 days ago
44.

Bobby    

She's dumping him for a better looking dude.

1046 days ago
45.

ketjo    

Is there nothing these folks won't do to get face time in the media spot light..?.......
Stay tuned for Chapter 2 of the marry tale..."Where will she be found ? and what will she have to say ? "

1046 days ago
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