‘It’s been a nightmare’: Reward increased for information on whereabouts of missing Warwick woman
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — The search for a missing woman who vanished nearly three weeks ago is continuing in full force. Additionally, a monetary reward for information has increased to $20,000.
Friends and family of 44-year-old Charlotte Lester searched areas of Warwick, Cranston, and Providence on Sunday in hopes of finding answers into Lester’s disappearance.
Lester was last seen on May 16th near the 3400 block of Post Road in Warwick. The next day, her dog was found near Belmont Park.
Lester’s younger brother, Mark, told ABC6 News it was alarming to realize his sister and her dog had been separated.
He described his sister as an animal lover.
“That’s why, with her dog being found, it’s alarming,” Mark Lester explained.
“That was her baby.”
The search party canvassed Elmwood Avenue, Roger Williams Park, Staples Avenue, the area of I-95, and Belmont Park.
“Hopefully, nobody watching this has to deal with this, with their family, or a loved one,” said Mark Lester.
“It’s been a nightmare, but were a strong family and have good support, and regardless, well get through this.”
Lester described his sister as loving, and beautiful inside and out. He said each day she woke up and made it a point to do twenty good deeds a day.
“She would talk to almost anyone…which again, in our society sounds great, but in reality you have to be careful out there.”
He said last weekends search was difficult after being kicked off of Kent Hospital property, where Charlotte’s truck was originally found days after her disappearance. As the party dispersed, they found more articles of information.
“I thought it was unique and a little cold hearted that they wouldn’t let a few cars park and search the woods.”
Lester said loved ones started a GoFundMe to help with search costs, as well as a Facebook page to share up-to-date information.
“This could be your family, this could be your loved one, so keep your eyes open,” Lester begged.
“You never know…that one flyer, that one call, could find her. And on behalf of my family and all of my friends, we thank Rhode Islanders for their support.”
Anyone with information is strongly urged to call either the Warwick Police Department at (401) 468-4200, or the Lester’s private investigator at (617) 512-1008.