Quebec’s provincial police are not confirming the reports but they are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body on a private road in an area of Matane called Grande-Détour.
One of the sources to confirm reports that it was Charest is Rodrigue Boulianne, the Quebec Liberal Party’s chief organizer for the Matane region.
Charest ran for election in 2003 as the Quebec Liberal Party’s candidate for Matane and won. She served as legislative assistant to the Ministers of Finance and Justice before being defeated in the 2007 provincial election by Parti Québécois candidate Pascal Bérubé.
Charest ran for the federal Liberals in 2008 and 2011 in Haute-Gaspésie-Les Métis-Matane-Matapédia and lost both times.
She was hired as an economic diversification officer by the town of Saint-Anne-des-Monts in November 2011.
Charest obtained a law degree from Laval University in 1983 and worked as a lawyer specializing in tax law before entering politics.
She was 54.