Winter Haven, FL

Christina Voltaire, 22: Florida Woman Disappears Less Than An Hour After Talking To Friend In 2011

Erika Marie • OurBlackGirls

On January 8, 2011, Charles Pierre-Gilles ran into some bad luck and called on his friend, Christina Voltaire, for help. The friends lived in the same Berkshire Apartments complex in Winter Haven, Florida, but Charles's car broke down while out. He had to walk home but stopped by Christina's apartment to ask if he could borrow her vehicle. This was the last time anyone saw Christina Voltaire since that day.

Charles, whose brother Dieuseul Pierre-Gilles was once Christina's boyfriend, said when he last spoke with Christina, it was around 7:00 p.m. at her home. She lived in the apartment alone. Charles said Christina was wearing a black robe while sitting in bed, doing her homework, and drinking tea. She told her friend she was feeling under the weather but allowed Charles to borrow her car. Charles left, locked Christina's door behind him, and drove back to his broken-down vehicle.

He was gone for about 45 minutes before returning Christina's car to her apartment. However, when he entered her residence, the 22-year-old wasn't there. Yet, The Charley Project reports Christina's personal items were left behind, including her "purse, laptop, and keys." There was also the black robe she was last seen wearing. There were no indications that Christina was involved in a fight or a struggle. Further, there weren't any signs of a break-in.

Christina Voltaire's Personal Struggles

Christina's family revealed that the year before going missing, the young woman sadly lost her one-year-old daughter. The cause of death is unknown to the public, but Christina was said to be still grieving. However, she was not suicidal and had plans to move to Palm Bay, Florida, where she would have support from her family. Christina also wanted to go to Haiti to visit her mother in the coming months and was even looking into transferring universities to continue her higher education. She was studying nuclear medicine.

Meanwhile, an investigation uncovered that Christina Voltaire didn't leave the county because he passport was expired. Additionally, she didn't have a mobile phone, so investigators could not check pinged locations. Christina also didn't have any credit cards, so police could not track any movements with her accounts.

A Look At Christina's Boyfriend

The Charley Project states Christina shared with relatives that Pierre-Gilles was "physically aggressive and jealous." She was said to have feared him, and Pierre-Gilles reportedly refused to speak with police about his missing girlfriend. He instead retained a lawyer. He further said he and Christina broke up the year before she disappeared after he learned her daughter was not his. He denies being abusive and insists he had nothing to do with her going missing.

Yet, his brother Charles was said to have been "extremely cooperative with police" in hopes of finding out what happened to his friend. Pierre-Gilles accused his brother and Christina of being intimately involved, but Charles has denied such claims.

Also, in 2008, Pierre-Gilles did face aggravated assault charges in connection to an unrelated shooting, but he was later acquitted.

Christina Voltaire: What To Know

At the time of her disappearance, Christina Voltaire stood 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 120 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. She had a scar on her abdomen.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Winter Haven Police Department at (863) 291-5858 or their local authorities. The agency case number is WH110000449.

Please share this story about Christina Voltaire to reignite interest in her missing person case. She is our sister, and her life matters.

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