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Over 15 Years Later, Interagency Effort Leads to Arrest of Child Sex Crime Fugitive Daniel Chafe in Montana
January 17, 2014

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us
www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice

Patsy Speelman
FBI - Salt Lake City, Utah
(801) 579-6840
Patsy.Speelman@ic.fbi.gov



An over 15 year persistent search by the FBI and Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division for a fugitive sought since 1998 out of Douglas County related to child sex crime charges led to his arrest Wednesday in Montana. The search continued despite the report he was missing after falling out of a boat during a fishing trip ten days before his scheduled appearance in a Douglas County courtroom.
 
On January 15, 2014, DANIEL CLEMENT CHAFE (aka: Stryder Styarfyr), age 55, was taken into custody in a coordinated effort by the FBI, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol on an federal Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP) warrant in Bozeman, Montana. OSP 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 into alleged sex abuse was conducted by detectives from Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and OSP Criminal Investigations Division. Initially, the investigation centered around two juvenile female victims but as it progressed additional victims were identified.  
 
Before failing to appear in court, CHAFE was living in New Mexico and reportedly went on a fishing trip ten days earlier with a friend in Washington State. The friend reported CHAFE fell out of the boat on the Snake River and was missing. A search failed to find CHAFE 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, many Internet postings, and was in consideration for the FBI’s Top Ten list. A break recently came when an OSP detective’s research indicated CHAFE was living in Montana under an alias. Further investigative work confirmed where CHAFE was living and working, ultimately leading to his arrest.
 
CHAFE is being held in custody in Montana pending extradition to Oregon to face charges in Douglas County Circuit Court for:
 
* 6 Counts of Rape in the Third Degree
* 5 Counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree
* 7 Counts of Sodomy in the Third Degree
 
OSP extends our gratitude to the FBI, US Attorney’s Office, Gallatin County, Montana Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance during the investigation, search and arrest of CHAFE.
 
Investigations are continuing. Questions about the pending case in Oregon should be directed to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.
 
Link to FBI wanted bulletin for CHAFE: