RI RI - Charlotte Lester, 44, Lester's dog abandoned on Elmwood Ave, East Greenwich, 16 May 2022

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Kathy Wilson, a family friend, tells 12 News Lester’s family and close friends believe something sinister happened to her.

“Everybody has been referring to this as a missing person case,” Wilson said. “But the family strongly believes that her life has been taken and it’s not a missing person case. We believe it’s a murder investigation.”

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Warwick detectives have remain tight-lipped regarding the investigation into Lester’s disappearance, but did recently confirm they’ve identified multiple persons of interest. They declined to comment when 12 News asked whether they believe foul play was involved in Lester’s case or whether they believe she is alive.

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Lester’s family is offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information pertinent to the investigation. She is described as a white female with a slim-to-medium build and brown eyes. It’s also possible she’s wearing a wig, according to police.

Anyone with information on Lester’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Warwick Police Department at (401) 468-4200.
 

This is the actual news Video from 2 weeks ago.

They found the car.
They found the dog.
They found love notes near her truck.

No Charlotte.

Her truck was found in a hospital parking lot. CCTV footage?

Hoping they catch a break soon.
 
Lester’s family and friends have searched the woods near Belmont Park and along the Pawtuxet River for any clues as to where she might be.

One of those search parties found a series of letters in the woods near where Lester’s truck was found.

Those letters, which investigators have described as “articles of interest,” all appear to be addressed to Charlotte.

“Charlotte, I am falling for your deeply,” one reads.

That same day, investigators searched a Staples Avenue home she was known to frequent.


I really feel for Charlotte's family, so frustrating for them. Hopefully LE is building a case behind the scenes.
 
From post above - “Charlotte, I am falling for your deeply,” one reads.

For some reason adding that "deeply" sounds kind of odd to me. I can imagine saying "I am falling for you" more than the "deeply".

I realize the following has nothing to do with Charlotte, but when I google "I am falling for you deeply" the only thing that comes up on my end shows a strange site about a "R***** post and comment search" (that I'm afraid to click on!) that someone posted that says "He texted me 2 big messages between: I am falling for you deeply vs you need a monogamous man. I blocked him from everything as I felt that was the right..."

If I wasn't such a big chicken I'd love to know what that was all about, i.e. is that particular "deeply" phrase used a lot in catfishing, etc.?
 
From post above - “Charlotte, I am falling for your deeply,” one reads.

For some reason adding that "deeply" sounds kind of odd to me. I can imagine saying "I am falling for you" more than the "deeply".

I realize the following has nothing to do with Charlotte, but when I google "I am falling for you deeply" the only thing that comes up on my end shows a strange site about a "R***** post and comment search" (that I'm afraid to click on!) that someone posted that says "He texted me 2 big messages between: I am falling for you deeply vs you need a monogamous man. I blocked him from everything as I felt that was the right..."

If I wasn't such a big chicken I'd love to know what that was all about, i.e. is that particular "deeply" phrase used a lot in catfishing, etc.?
I mean written by a delusional person it could mean obsession - by the right person I think its just poetic license...

just my opinion :)
 
Lester’s family and friends have searched the woods near Belmont Park and along the Pawtuxet River for any clues as to where she might be.

One of those search parties found a series of letters in the woods near where Lester’s truck was found.

Those letters, which investigators have described as “articles of interest,” all appear to be addressed to Charlotte.

“Charlotte, I am falling for your deeply,” one reads.

That same day, investigators searched a Staples Avenue home she was known to frequent.


I really feel for Charlotte's family, so frustrating for them. Hopefully LE is building a case behind the scenes.

Agreed. I hope they are building a case too.

So many clues were left behind from my perspective:

I hope there were fingerprints on those love letters and door handles of her truck (if someone drove it). I hope there are digitial footprint (if she had a computer)/if the have her cell phone?. I hope there were CCTV camera's by the hospital - and along the streets of the home she left...
 
MAY 16, 2023
It’s been exactly one year since Charlotte Lester was last seen.

A vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arnold’s Neck Waterfront Park to honor her.

Warwick police say they found Lester's dog abandoned on Elmwood Avenue and later found her car at Kent Hospital.

They also found love letters in nearby woods.

For weeks police taped off a home on Staples Avenue in Warwick but wouldn't say why.

One aspect of Lester's freedom, which Wilson does acknowledge, involves her relationship with an older, married man. Previously, Wilson says, Lester had been in a romantic relationship with him.

This was no longer true in May of 2023, but the same man continued to provide Lester with her own residence, her transportation – a truck – and even her own budget for expenses, says Wilson.

Lester's family, Wilson says, firmly believes that the man had no involvement in her disappearance. She acknowledges his financial support was a basis for Lester's free-spirited pursuit of conversation and good deeds each day. But she says she will not criticize the arrangement.
 
This was no longer true in May of 2023, but the same man continued to provide Lester with her own residence, her transportation – a truck – and even her own budget for expenses, says Wilson.
This is a typo, the reporter means May of 2022, when Charlotte went missing.

Her family seems to not want to talk about a lot of aspects of her life. That's their right, but it gives us a fairly incomplete picture of Charlotte and the risk she may have been in when she went missing. At the very least, I wish we knew more about the love letters and the person whose house was roped off.
 
MAY 18, 2023
The Arnold's Neck neighborhood of Warwick is known for its proximity to the water. On Tuesday night, however, a trip to the shoreline was more somber than usual.

Charlotte Lester has been missing from Warwick for one year as of this week. Her family hosted a vigil in the neighborhood once frequented by the former Natick High School student on Tuesday.

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A year on from her disappearance, details remain sparse in the case. A detective on the case told Providence's ABC 6 that he didn't have new information to provide, and a Providence Journal report also indicated that sources close to an investigation declined to comment.
 
MAY 20, 2023
The way Charlotte Lester's family tells it, the bubbly, free-spirited Warwick woman had found happiness in her mid-40s.

Her motto was "Twenty good deeds a day," says Kathy Wilson, who has spoken for Lester's mother and siblings since she disappeared in May 2022. "She was happy. She liked her life."

Police have not provided any definitive evidence pointing to Charlotte's demise, nor have they accused anyone of perpetrating any crime against her. But Lester's family believes she is no longer alive and was the victim of foul play.
 
Charlotte was last seen on May 16, 2022, in the Apponaug section of Warwick, specifically near Arnold’s Neck Drive and Staples Avenue.

Since then, friends, family, and law enforcement have been looking for her. Her dog was found wandering Elmwood Avenue alone in the days after she vanished.

Charlotte-Lester-photos.jpg

Detectives later discovered Charlotte’s red pickup truck abandoned outside Kent Hospital, and a search party found a series of letters addressed to her in the woods near where her vehicle was found
 
her charleyproject was updated:
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Lester was last seen in then 3400 block of Post Road in the vicinity of Arnold's Neck Drive and Staples Drive in Warwick, Rhode Island at 10:00 p.m. on May 16, 2022. She has never been heard from again. She disappeared with her dog, a brown poodle named Chloe, and her vehicle, a red 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. Photos of Chloe and the truck are posted with this case summary.

A few days after Lester disappeared, Chloe was found abandoned near Belmont Park. Lester had was reported missing on May 19. A week after she was last seen, her truck was found in the parking lot of Kent Hospital, on the opposite side of town from Belmont Park.

A search party looking in the woods near where Lester's truck was found found a series of letters, all of which were addressed to Lester. One of them said, "Charlotte, I am falling for you deeply."

Lester left behind three children. She had previously been involved with an older, married man. Though they were no longer together by the time she disappeared, he was still supporting her financially, paying for her house and truck and providing her money for expenses. Her family stated they believe she was murdered, and they consider her to be a murder victim rather than a missing person.

The police investigation has focused on a house on Staples Avenue, a residence Lester had been known to frequent. Lester's family stated she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the home's owner, a man named Mark Perkins, and that he told two different stories about the last time he saw her.

A photo of Perkins is posted with this case summary. In August 2022, he was charged with assault with intent to commit specified felonies, larceny, vandalism, and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident involving John DePetro, a local radio host. DePetro was charged with trespassing in connection with the incident.

DePetro had been outside Perkins's home making a Facebook Live video about Lester's disappearance, when Perkins confronted him while pushing a lawn mower and wearing an orange balaclava. DePetro told police that Perkins threatened to kill him and took his cellular phone away from him before going inside the house; police later found the phone in the house.

Her case remains unsolved.
 

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