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Police seek public's help in missing man case

February 19, 2011

BURRILLVILLE - Police are seeking help from the public to determine the whereabouts of a 56-year-old Burrillville man who went missing on Feb. 6.
Lt. Kevin S. San Antonio said the police department is actively seeking information regarding Denis Chartier, 56, of Burrillville, who was reported missing by his family.
Chartier is the assistant coach of Brown University's women soccer team.
He was last seen by family members on the morning of Feb. 6. San Antonio said detectives traced Chartier's last whereabouts through a credit card he last used at 11:30 that night at the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. Burrillville police are working with the Connecticut state police in the investigation.
Chartier and his wife, Denise, have two sons, Joseph and Matthew, and two grandchildren. They reside in the Oakland section of Burrillville.
Chartier was last seen wearing a black Adidas jacket with a Rhode Island logo, blue jeans and black shoes. He wears glasses, which are wire framed and square in shape. Chartier is described as a white male, 5’4”, 160 pounds, with blue eyes and gray hair.
He was last seen driving a silver Honda Fit Sport with Rhode Island registration 859988.
If anyone has seen or been in contact with Chartier or has any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to call Lt. San Antonio at (401) 568-6255.
In 2008, Chartier, who spent 13 seasons on the Brown women's soccer coaching staff, returned for his second stint as an assistant coach for the Bears. Chartier returned to Brown following two seasons as the head coach at Rhode Island College.
While at the helm, Chartier led the Anchorwomen to a berth in the ECAC New England Division III Women's Soccer Tournament for the first time in the program's 11-year history, after posting a school-record 14-wins. Included in the 14-win season were nine consecutive victories spanning from September 9 to October 4, the program's longest winning streak. The Anchorwomen also shattered the program record for single-season goals, assists and points.
During his first stint at Brown, from 1989-2001, Chartier was a part of four Ivy League Championships. Recognized as an outstanding teacher, he was the head coach of the RI-USA Strikers from 2001-2003 and an assistant coach with the Rhode Island United U-12 team in 1995. He has served as the director and coach with the DMC Soccer Clinics from 1991-1998 and was the director of coaching and referees for the Burrillville-Glocester Youth Soccer Association from 1983-2001.
A graduate of Woonsocket High School, Chartier served four years with the United States Air Force in Rhein Mein, Germany following his graduation. While in Germany, he played for the European All-Star team (1975-1977).
Chartier, who holds a USSF "B" coaching license, earned a bachelor's degree in management from Johnson & Wales in 1984.
Brown University issued the following statement yesterday:
"University officials learned early this week that family members of Brown Assistant Coach for Women's Soccer Denis Chartier had filed a missing persons report with Burrillville Police. Denis has been a member of the Brown community for more than 15 years. Our thoughts are with Denis and his family during this most difficult time. We have shared this information with the women's soccer team and other members of our community who know and care deeply about Denis. We have also made support services available to members of the community affected by this news."
The Brown women's soccer team held a candlelight vigil for Chartier Tuesday night at the Meister-Kavan Field behind the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center. Team head coach Phil Pincince and several members of the team spoke at the event.
Pincince, who was a captain with Chartier on the men's soccer team at Woonsocket High School, said he last spoke to Chartier on Feb. 5. "All our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Denis," Pincince said. "We're just focusing on finding him."

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