Police: Missing Southfield woman was in a shootout with two men

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 12, 2019

 Adrienne Quintal

Adrienne Quintal


BENZIE COUNTY — Additional information about the night Adrienne Quintal disappeared has been released.

The Benzie County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating 47-year-old Quintal, of Southfield.

Police said that, at around 2:45 a.m. Oct. 17, Quintal called someone in Warren and asked for help. That person then contacted the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office.

Police observed evidence of possible foul play, according to a news release.

Quintal left behind her personal property, including her vehicle, her phone and her purse, according to police.

On Oct. 19, police said the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office, the Benzie County Office of Emergency Management and a local Community Emergency Response Team conducted a search of the area surrounding the cabin Quintal was staying in prior to her disappearance. The search did not turn up any evidence, police said.

Nearly a month after she disappeared, police released more information, providing a timeline of Oct. 17.

Police said in a news release that the phone call Quintal made to a person in Warren was to a family friend.

The family friend told police that Quintal said she was involved in a shootout with two men, and as one of the men were shooting at her, she shot the other man in the face.

Quintal then asked the family friend to call the police and gave the address of 2900 Indian Hill Road in Honor, part of Benzie County.

At around 2:48 a.m., Michigan State Police and Benzie County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the residence.

At 2:50 a.m., police said, the first deputy arrived at the provided address but was unable to locate any disturbance.

Upon contacting dispatch, police were given a corrected address of 4900 Indian Hill Road. Police said the correct address was provided by a family member of Quintal.

Police said that, at 3:15 a.m., Michigan State Police troopers and Benzie County deputies located the residence and evidence of a shootout.

“Officers observed multiple bullet holes in a window of the cabin and searched the area around the cabin for any injured persons or evidence of injured persons,” police said in the news release.

Police then set up a perimeter around the house and requested backup.

Once backup arrived, police forced entry to the house but did not locate anyone inside. Quintal’s phone and purse were inside the residence, along with a handgun registered to her, police said.

A search warrant was granted for the home, and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab processed the scene, where they collected several spent shell casings and determined that  multiple shots were fired from inside the residence, toward the outside.

Police, including a K9 unit, also searched the woods around the cabin using thermal imaging cameras, but no evidence was collected.

The incident remained under investigation at press time, according to police.

Quintal is described as white, with long brown hair and brown eyes. She is around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds, and she goes by the name Ada, police said.

Anyone with information on Quintal or her whereabouts is asked to call Benzie County Central Dispatch at (231) 882-4487 or the Michigan State Police Silent Observer hotline at (866) 774-2345.