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OSP: Man wanted for child sex crimes found 15 years later

OSP: Man wanted for child sex crimes found 15 years later
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- A man the FBI said tried to recruit a clan of teenage girls over which he could rule has been captured after a search that lasted 15 years.

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 in Douglas County, Oregon.

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.

"Chafe was allegedly recruiting minor females between the ages of 14 and 16 in order to form what he called the 'Cobalt Clan,'" the FBI said. "His reported goal was to have sex with these young girls in order to produce a large number of children over which he could rule."

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.

The FBI released this information on it's wanted poster:

Daniel Clement Chafe is wanted for rape, sexual abuse, and sodomy in Roseburg, Oregon. Chafe was allegedly recruiting minor females between the ages of 14 and 16 in order to form what he called the "Cobalt Clan". His reported goal was to have sex with these young girls in order to produce a large number of children over which he could rule. At the time that he was allegedly recruiting and having sex with these girls, Chafe was also married.

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.
 

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