After 19 days, has been found. She is physically well and had been staying in different locations throughout the metro area.
Her mother, Michelle Pittel, and hundreds of others have been searching for her since Aug. 31, when she left her home with her dog, some personal belongings and $200 cash.
Michelle Pittel reported her daughter missing to Grosse Pointe Farms police and began her campaign to find her.
During the search, tips and sightings were reported but none panned out, Michelle Pittel said. Ultimately a friend who is not known to Chloe's family convinced her to meet her mother yesterday, Michelle Pittel said.
The meeting was emotional but a relief, Michelle Pittel said. The family was up late Monday and into early Tuesday, she said. Her daughter, she said, is physically well but emotionally struggling.
Chloe Pittel flew to Utah on Tuesday morning to return to a treatment center from where she had been on break when she left her parents home. She is being treated there for behavioral and emotional issues.
Michelle Pittel is thankful to all of the people who helped the family during the search for their daughter. She said "people were coming out of the woodwork" to help—some who never knew the family and others who knew the family years and years ago.
In addition to endless work by Grosse Pointe Farms Detective John Walko, who Michelle Pittel said spent many of his days off searching, the family had help from fellow Farms resident Theresa Mack and a private investigator.
Mack works for Cendrowski Corporate Advisors out of Bloomfield Hills, which is a consulting and litigation support firm, and a team was able to recommend some ideas that had not otherwise surfaced, Michelle Pittel said. One of the ideas involved undercover FBI agents helping in the search, she said.
Chloe Pittel stayed in the metro area during her absence from her home but moved a lot, Michelle Pittel said. She had been staying on the western side of the city and suburbs but had also been in Eastpointe, Michelle Pittel said.
She left, Michelle Pittel said, because she did not want to return to the treatment center and wanted "to have her life back." Chloe, Michelle Pittel said, in her opinion is not yet ready for that.
Most of all, the family is thankful for the outreach and support shown by Grosse Pointers and beyond.
"Thanks to everyone for the countless hours of time and people we didn't even know (for help)," Michelle Pittel said. "These friends think they were helping her, but they don't realize the extent of her problems."