LITTLETON, Colo. -- The family of a missing Littleton woman is pleading for help in finding her, and police have launched a criminal investigation into her disappearance.
It has been more than two weeks since anyone has seen or heard from 36-year-old Charlene Voight.
Her family called police to report their concerns, and police found her car at 5099 S. Rio Grande St. in Littleton. it was in a vacant lot a block away from the apartment where she was staying.
"My family and I are extremely worried about my sister," said Marilyn Voight. "I don't even think words can describe how we all feel. It's just like a complete, utter nightmare."
Voight moved to Colorado just after graduating from college about a month ago, her sister said, in order to be with her longtime, on-again, off-again boyfriend, Jeff Beier.
Beier has been arrested and is being held in the Arapahoe County jail on a charge of sexual assault/rape, but Littleton police said it is an unrelated case involving a different woman.
Crime scene investigators have processed the apartment where the couple was staying, and neighbors say officers have been at the downtown Littleton apartment complex for days.
"The last couple weeks, every time I come home, every time I walk outside my apartment I see police or a crime scene investigation," said Alyssa Zoellner, who said she knew something was wrong when police questioned her. "We just have been asked about if we've seen any carpet cleaners or any weird stuff going on next door to us in this other apartment building, so we knew that it wasn't good if we've been questioned about some things like that."
Charlene's family members are hopeful someone has information that could help bring her home.
"We just want everyone to please keep talking about her and spreading the word, and hopefully something will come up and hopefully someone knows something and they just haven’t gotten the information out there yet," said Marilyn Voight. "I just miss my sister and I want my sister back."
Anyone with information is asked to call Littleton Police at 303-794-1551.