Body of escaped Hell Angels member found in chalet

Rene Charlebois. (QMI Agency file photo)

Rene Charlebois. (QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-SOREL, Que. — Police have found the body of a notorious murderer and former Hells Angels gangster who recently escaped from a minimum-security federal prison northeast of Montreal.

Police believe 48-year-old Rene Charlebois committed suicide in an island home in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, on the St-Lawrence River.

Officers arrived early Thursday morning with an arrest warrant for Charlebois. The chalet was rented, but not in the biker's name, police said.

Prison guards discovered that he was missing Sept. 14 during a head count at the Montee Saint-Francois prison in the Montreal suburb of Laval.

Charlebois, who was reportedly close with incarcerated former Hells leader Maurice "Mom" Boucher, started serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison in 2003.

He was arrested in a 2001 biker roundup and sources told QMI Agency that Charlebois had said "the day I get out of (prison) I won't be coming back."

Charlebois later pleaded guilty to murdering Claude DeSerre, a Hells member-turned-police informant. DeSerre's body was found in February 2000 about 70 km north of Montreal. He was tied up in a chalet and shot in the head.

When police found his body they discovered that an audio recording device they gave DeSerre captured the last moments of his death, including the voice of his murderer.

Quebec prison authorities told QMI Agency inmates are often transferred to minimum-security prisons to serve out the remainder of their sentence.

The Correctional Service of Canada has opened an investigation to try to determine how Charlebois escaped.


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