Police are searching for a missing woman whose boyfriend was arrested in Eugene in a car stolen out of Columbia County, according to detectives.
The Eugene Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit is investigating the disappearance of 35-year-old Cheryl Elizabeth Hart.
She was last seen in Eugene the night of Aug. 4. Police said she was with her longtime boyfriend, 36-year-old Jeremy Kent Milutin, at a home in west Eugene.
Detectives learned Milutin was alone in a Eugene store at 7 a.m. the next morning. Investigators said he was driving a blue four-door 1994 Buick Century with Oregon plates 635-ADX that was stolen in Columbia County on July 26.
At noon Aug. 5, Milutin was again seen alone in a store in Klamath Falls.
Officers then spotted him back in Eugene at 10 p.m. Aug. 5 driving the stolen car. Police said he attempted to flee, but he was quickly arrested.
Milutin was booked into the Lane County Jail on charges including theft, interfering with a peace officer and parole violation.
He has not been charged in the disappearance of Hart.
Police said they received a report that Hart and Milutin were seen in Walton the morning of Aug. 5, but detectives have not been able to verify that.
Detectives believe Milutin's most likely route of travel to Klamath Falls from Eugene was via highways 58 and 97, but alternate routes have not been ruled out.
Detectives believe Milutin is somewhat familiar with that route since he and Hart camped along Highway 97 in late July, but the locations of their campsites are unknown.
Anyone who saw Hart, Milutin or the stolen car is asked to contact Detective Jed McGuire at 541-682-6308 or Detective Jeff Donaca at 541-682-5193.
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