Rosie O'Donnell's Missing Teen Daughter Found With Convicted Heroin Dealer

By McCarton Ackerman 08/20/15

Chelsea O'Donnell suffers from mental illness and was off her medication.

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Rosie O’Donnell’s missing 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea, has been found and is now back home, but it’s been revealed that she spent days with a convicted drug dealer she met on Tinder.

Chelsea was discovered unharmed and with her therapy dog at the home of Steven Sheerer in Barnegat Township, N.J. She suffers from mental illness and was reportedly off her medication. Police have said, however, that there was no indication she was involved with drugs or other illegal activity.

A source told Us Weekly that Chelsea met the 25-year-old on Tinder, though the minimum age requirement to use the dating app is 18. The age of consent in New Jersey is 16, but there is no indication that the pair engaged in any sexual activity.

Sheerer was arrested in 2012 and convicted of third-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third-degree possession of heroin, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was driving with a woman who had heroin and other drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, along with her two young children in the backseat, when they were pulled over. A search of Sheerer’s home turned up heroin, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia.

Rosie tweeted on the morning of Aug. 18 that her daughter was missing and had last been seen one week earlier at her Long Island home on Aug. 11. Later that same evening, Rosie tweeted that "chelsea has been found safe and is safe in police custody - thank u all for the help and light #missingchildren."

Last June, Rosie allegedly failed a mandatory drug test by testing positive for marijuana. The test was part of her bitter custody battle with ex-wife Michelle Rounds, who claimed in court documents that the TV personality drank and did drugs nightly.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.