Update: Missing woman returns to Concord correctional facility

  • Charest

Monitor staff
Sunday, January 21, 2018

UPDATE: Corrections officials said Valerie Jean Charest returned to the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit about 9 p.m. Saturday and was transported to the New Hampshire Correctional Facility for Women in Goffstown. Original story below.

A Concord minimum-security transitional housing resident was reported missing about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when she did not return from work.

Valerie Jean Charest, 28, formerly of Derry, is serving the tail end of a one- to two-year sentence for theft at Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit on Iron Works Road, according to a release from the state Department of Corrections.

Charest is less than three weeks away from being eligible for parole on Feb. 8, the release said. Her maximum release date is Feb. 8, 2019.

Walking away from a correctional facility is considered an escape, a Class B Felony, punishable by 3½ to seven years in prison.

The release described Charest as a white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall and 125 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

The Department of Corrections and state police are investigating her disappearance. Officials asked Saturday that anyone with information on Charest’s whereabouts to contact N.H. State Police or local law enforcement.