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Prison officials: Inmate escapes from Concord halfway house

January 20. 2018 10:00PM

Valerie Jean Charest (Courtesy)

CONCORD — A female inmate at the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit went to work and didn’t return Saturday night, prison officials said.

Valerie Jean Charest, 28, formerly of Derry, was placed on escape status at 8:30 p.m.

She was sentenced last March to serve a 1- to 2-year prison term for theft by unauthorized taking.

She had been eligible for parole this Feb. 8 and her maximum release date was Feb. 8, 2019, officials said.

The Department of Corrections released a photograph of Charest and urged the public to contact the DOC or State Police if Charest is seen.

She is described as a white female who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. Charest has brown hair and hazel eyes.

State Police are investigating the escape.

Walking away from any state prison unit is a felony escape that can carry up to a state jail term of 3 1/2 to seven years, officials said.

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