FREMONT, Mich. – A family of FremontMichigan has been missing for five days following a “paranoid” behavior of the father.
Fremont is in Newaygo County, north of Grand Rapids. The Fremont Police Department issued an alert for the missing family Wednesday night.
Police say the Cirigliano family are “very concerned” about their missing family members Anthony (Tony), 51, Suzette, 51, Brandon, 19, and Noah, 15. Another family last had contact with them on Sunday, October 16, 2022.
The mother of Suzette Cirigliano, who has dementia and requires full-time care, was found walking around the neighborhood around 9 p.m. Monday, according to News 8. Neighbors called the police and the search for the family began.
According to the report, the doors to the house were locked and the family’s van, a 2005 Toyota Sienna with license plate DJL1982, was missing. Pets were left at home.
Relatives told News 8 that Suzette Cirigliano’s cellphone was still in the house, but Tony Cirigliano’s cellphone was missing. Police said the family’s phones were switched off.
Brandon and Noah both have autism, according to police. Both sons were homeschooled and the family was left alone, relatives told News 8.
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Listen to the 911 call Tony Cirigliano made Sunday: “People want to erase me from the face of the Earth”
Police told News 8 that Tony Cirigliano “showed signs of paranoia” before the family disappeared.
Tony Cirigliano called 911 just after midnight Sunday and two officers attended his home.
“Tony was talking about issues or information he had regarding the 9/11 attacks. But, really, what my officers spent a lot of time doing was talking to everyone to make sure everyone was safe and trying to make sure that mental illness wasn’t putting anyone at risk said Fremont Police Chief Tim Rodwell. News 8.
According to the report, officers spent approximately 45 minutes to an hour talking to Tony Cirigliano and his wife. The family told News 8 they don’t believe Tony Cirigliano would harm his family and may be trying to protect him.
They said he had been troubled over the weekend and thought “bad things” were going to happen.
You can read a transcript of the 911 call below:
Operator: Newaygo County 911.
Tony Cirigliano: Yes hello. This is Anthony John Cirigliano. (Said the address).
Operator: OK, what’s going on tonight?
*30 seconds of silence in the recording*
Tony Cirigliano: Yes. Everyone is well. But I need the Fremont Police Department and I believe he’s Captain Jon Geeting. I need police protection immediately.
Tony Cirigliano: It is of vital national interest. It’s 9/11 and people want to wipe me off the face of the earth. I am not crazy. Mr. Geeting knows me. I am Christian. I just need help and then the US government will take care of it. I know that sounds crazy. You have no instructions for this. Please send someone who knows Geeting and can talk to US authorities.
Operator: OK, and do you have any weapons there?
Tony Cirigliano: No weapons at all. Not even a BB gun.
Operator: Okay, and how do we spell your last name?
Tony Cirigliano: Of course, it’s CIRIGLIANO.
Operator: And your phone number?
Tony Cirigliano: We don’t have a landline.
Operator: Alright, alright, we’ll get it there for you. (Address).
Tony Cirigliano: Can they come with their lights off so they don’t scare my kids please.
Operator: Yeah. Absolutely.
Cirgliano: OKAY. I’ll get them and knock on the door. Please try to send Mr. Geeting even if he has to be awakened from his sleep. It’s so important, please.
Operator: Yeah. He is right now.
Cirgliano: Ok thank you.
Operator: Yeah, goodbye.
The family are worried: ‘We really want to let them know that there is nothing to worry about’
Tony’s brother Paul Cirigliano told Local 4 it was not like them to be out of touch.
“They usually wouldn’t even go as far as Walmart without letting someone know, so that’s very different from them,” Paul Cirigliano said. “It’s definitely not an abrupt vacation by any means.”
Paul Cirigliano found the 911 call made by his brother concerning.
“We think he might have a mental health issue, and maybe he’s scared of something, but we really want to let him know that there’s nothing to worry about, and that he can reach out, and we will help him,” said Paul Cirigliano.
Family stopped at UP gas station on Monday, report says
According to a News 8 reportthe family was spotted at 10:48 a.m. Monday at an Upper Peninsula gas station.
The family was seen at the Blaney Park Quik Stop on US-2 near M-77, northeast of Manistique and about 70 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge. News 8 said the Fremont Police Department said surveillance video confirmed it was the Ciriglianos.
News 8 spoke to gas station manager Heidi Bowler, who told them the mother and her two sons entered the gas station to use the restroom. One of the sons asked to use a phone to make a call, but didn’t know how to use it.
“He was acting a little weird, so we were just watching him,” Bowler told News 8. “The only reason we paid attention to them was because the boys were a little different. I thought: “I wonder what’s wrong. Like, why is he using the phone? Nobody else asks. It was just a little weird.
According to the report, the family only stayed there for about 15 minutes. Police said they got gas and bought food.
Bowler said she was browsing Facebook when she saw a post about the missing family.
“I looked at her and thought, ‘Oh my God, that lady looks very familiar to me’, and then once I looked at the boys, I was like, ‘Wow, they m ‘look familiar too,'” she told News 8.
She decided to look at the surveillance footage, checked the license plate and was sure it was them. She contacted the police.
Police continue to search for the family
Police don’t know if the family is still in Michigan, somewhere in the Midwest or elsewhere. They hope the family will see the reports and contact the police or their family.
|Tony Cirigliano||5′6′’||180 pounds||Brown hair, clean shaven|
|Suzette Cirigliano||5’9”||120 pounds||Blonde hair, glasses|
|brandon cirigliano||5′8′’||120 pounds||Brown hair, brown eyes|
|Noah Cirigliano||5′6′’||120 pounds||Brown hair, brown eyes|
News 8 reported that police were going through the family’s financial information and trying to ping their cellphones.
Michigan State Police are now involved in the search. Suzette Cirigliano’s mother is cared for by other family members.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fremont Police Department at 231-924-2400, Silent Observer at 231-652-1121 or 911.
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