New Hampshire

Woman Found After Labeled as “Escaped” from Corrections Facility

Police in New Hampshire have found a woman who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility.

Valerie Jean Charest, 28, of Derry, New Hampshire, walked away from the Shea Farm Transitional Housing facility in Concord on Saturday, where she is a work release resident, said authorities.

According to police, Charest had left the facility to go to work but did not return at her scheduled time. She was placed on "escape status" around 8:30 p.m.

She was found just a half hour after being placed on escape status. 

"Walking away from a correctional facility is considered escape," said Jeffry Lyons of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.

Charest was sentenced to one to two years in prison for theft by the Hillsborough County Superior Court in 2017. Prior to her escape, she was eligible for parole on Feb. 8.

She has been transported to the women's correctional facility in Goffstown. 

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