Second inmate ‘walks away’ from state prison half-way house

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CONCORD, NH –   For the second time in 24 hours, an inmate being housed in a minimum security facility has “walked away” instead of reporting for work.

At about 7:30 p.m. the New Hampshire Department of Corrections announced Tara Lee Monsante, 40, of Canaan, a resident from the Shea Farm Transitional Housing Unit in Concord, had bee reported as escaped. Monsante signed out to go to work at 8:09 a.m. and failed to return at her scheduled time of 7 p.m.  She was placed on walkaway status at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Monsante is 5-foot-6 inches tall, 160 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

She is serving a 1 ½ to 4 years from Grafton County Superior Court for fraudulent use of credit cards. She began serving this sentence on January 8, 2015 and is eligible for parole on May 3, 2016.  Her maximum release date is November 4, 2018.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Investigations Bureau and the New Hampshire State Police are investigating.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the New Hampshire State Prison at 603-271-1801.


Earlier Wednesday Richard Robert Fortier was reported missing from the Calumet Transitional Housing unit in Manchester when he failed to show up at his job. He returned to the Manchester half-way house around 5 p.m. and was taken to the state prison in Concord.

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