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D.C.’s famously infamous “power couple,” Michaele and Tareq Salahi, are at the center of media attention again, this time for a more chilling reason than being obnoxious. Tareq Salahi is claiming his wife, a former Real Housewives of D.C. co-star, might be in danger, since he hasn’t seen her since Tuesday. But according to a statement just released by cops, that’s likely just the way his spouse wants it.

Tareq Salahi  was earlier spreading the word that his wife might have been kidnapped, despite the fact that she’s called him to say she’s fine. Gossip site TMZ reports:

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.”

The sherrif’s office has clarified that it did indeed receive the phone call, and that Michaele Salahi may just need some time away from hubby:

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Mr. Tareq Salahi on Tuesday evening September 13, 2011 at 11:55 p.m. Mr. Salahi advised us that he last heard from his wife about 6 hours ago. He was concerned because she had contacted him from an Oregon area code and she was supposed to be back in Northern Virginia today.

Deputy Mike Glavis subsequently spoke with Mrs. Salahi by telephone a few moments later. Deputy Glavis was able to identify Mrs. Salahi by having previous conversations with her in the past. She seemed calm, was engaged in conversation, and assured the deputy that she had left the residence with a good friend and was where she wanted to be. Mrs. Salahi advised that she did not want Mr. Salahi to know where she was.

Mrs. Salahi advised Deputy Glavis that she was very sorry that the Sheriff’s Office had to be involved, but she did not want to be home right now.

The cops also add, though, that they and the FBI will try to “make additional contact with Mrs. Salahi to assure her well being.”

UPDATE: Rumor is that Michaele Salahi is safe and sound, that she’s merely run off with a dude in a band. TMZ says she’s in Memphis, Tenn., with Journey guitarist Neal Schon. The couple has seen financial troubles of late, so maybe she’s decided she wants better. For Tareq Salahi, who might’ve hoped to see his wife sometime soon, here’s one piece of optimistic advice: Don’t. Stop. Believin’.

Illustration by Brooke Hatfield