Man wanted for child sex crimes found 15 years later

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A search that lasted for 15 years has finally come to a close, ending with the arrest of a man wanted in Douglas County, Oregon, for child sex crimes.

The search started in 1998, when officials say Daniel Clement Chafe, now 55, was reported to have fallen out of a fishing boat just days before he was supposed to appear in court.

On Wednesday, Chafe, also known as Stryder Styarfyr, was taken into custody by the FBI, Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and Montana Highway Patrol on an federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution warrant in Bozeman.

State police detectives, working with the FBI, have been looking for Chafe since he failed to appear for a trial on September 23, 1998, in Douglas County Circuit Court for multiple counts of rape, sodomy and sex abuse of girls ages 14-16.

The initial investigation the sex abuse charges was conducted by detectives from the Sheriff's office and OSP Criminal Investigations Division.

Officials say the investigation started with two juvenile female victims, but authorities say more victims were identified.

Before failing to appear in court, Chafe was reported to be living in New Mexico, and reportedly went on a fishing trip ten days earlier with a friend in Washington State.

The friend told police that Chafe fell out of the boat into the Snake River and was missing.

A search failed to find him, and he remained a fugitive since his failure to appear in court.

Since 1998, the search for Chafe was the subject of several television shows including America's Most Wanted.

Police say he was considered for the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list.

Authorities say a detective with OSP recently found that Chafe was living in Montana using an alias.

Chafe is being held in Montana pending extradition to Oregon.

He is charged by authorities in Douglas County with 6 counts of third degree rape, 5 counts of third degree sex abuse and 7 counts of third degree sodomy.