The former boyfriend of a Colorado woman who vanished four years ago has now been indicted in her presumed murder.
Jeffrey Beier, 46, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine charges in connection to Charlene Voight’s murder, the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office announced Monday, according to a statement provided to Oxygen.com.
Voight, 36, vanished on June 30, 2016 shortly after she and Beier had friends over at the Littleton home they shared, according to the Denver Channel. During the gathering, Beier allegedly hit Voight in the face and told her to shut up before he allegedly raped a female guest in a bedroom.
While the indictment was just announced this week, it actually occurred last August when a grand jury decided that Beier ought to be charged with first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, sexual assault, tampering with evidence, animal abuse, and other charges, according to the grand jury indictment which Oxygen.com obtained.
“I am proud to be able to tell the family of Miss Voight that the men and women of my department worked for four years to see this day,” Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said in the Monday statement. “My heart goes out to them, knowing that they are mourning the loss of their sister and daughter. I hope this arrest is a step that will help them move toward healing.”
Beier is currently in custody in Russia, and it’s unclear when he will be returned to Colorado to face the charges. While investigators were searching a landfill for Voight's body in November 2016, Beier moved to Moscow where he met a woman that same month, according to the Denver Channel. They wed the following year — and his new wife allegedly contacted Littleton police to report that he had been beating her, according to Beier’s indictment.
Beier has an alleged history of violence against women. The indictment states that Beier "assaulted and strangled Voight, threatened to kill her, broke her phones, and followed her to locations where she was trying to hide from him" multiple times between 2011 and 2016. A restraining order against Beier on Voight’s behalf was granted in 2012. He pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his ex-wife in 2007, according to the Denver Channel.
Before he left the country, a scent dog alerted law enforcement to the "scent of human decomposition" around Beier's truck, where a a roll-off dumpster was located, according to the grand jury indictment. Beier ran a dumpster providing business at the time, the Denver Post reported in 2016.
The day after Voight vanished, Beier was allegedly spotted at a landfill where a decapitated dog carcass similar to that of Voight’s missing Chihuahua dog was found wrapped in a sweater, according to the indictment. Multiple items belonging to Voight — including a shirt and jewelry — were also found at the landfill.
No court dates will be scheduled until Beier is physically present in Arapahoe County. It is not clear if he has obtained a lawyer.
“These cases present special challenges, but they are no less important to families, law enforcement and this office,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in Monday’s press release.
Voight was reported missing by family in July 2016. She had just recently moved Colorado to live with Beier after graduating from California State Polytechnic University.
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