NH Police Search for Woman Accused of Escaping From Minimum Security Unit

Police in New Hampshire are searching for 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.

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

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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.


Charest is a 5-feet 2-inches and weighs approximately 125 pounds.

She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is advised to contact the New Hampshire State Police or local law enforcement.

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