Shelly Miscavige made national headlines when former Scientology member Leah Remini filed a missing persons report on the once very public figure in August 2013.
However, at the time, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that the report was "unfounded," while the church slammed Remini's actions as "ludicrous self-promotion."
But now, according to Scientology reporter Tony Ortega, Remini has filed a formal records request from the LAPD, through her attorney Douglas E. Mirell, asking the department to respond with detailed information on case findings.
"Michele 'Shelly' Barnett, like Remini, had grown up in Scientology," Ortega wrote in his blog. "At only ten years of age, Shelly was sent to a yacht in the Mediterranean where Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was running his worldwide organization from sea. Shelly became one of Hubbard's trusted "messengers," and eventually she married another member of the Commodore's Messengers Organization, a young man from New Jersey named David Miscavige. After Hubbard died in 1986, David Miscavige became Scientology's leader, and Shelly helped him run it as a top church executive in her own right."
"But eyewitnesses at Scientology's international base near Hemet, California who have talked only to the Underground Bunker say it was in late summer 2005 that they saw Miscavige explode in anger over changes that Shelly made to the base while he had spent some time away in Los Angeles. A week later, in late August or early September 2005, Shelly vanished," his post continued.
As Radar readers know, Shelly has not been seen publicly since 2007.
Ortega has argued many times in the past that Shelly was hidden away as punishment for exerting too much power in the church. However, spokesmen for Scientology have continually denied his claims.
Leah Remini's bombshell docuseries, Scientology and the Aftermath, airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on A&E.
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