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Oregon Fugitive In Missoula Jail After 15-Year Manhunt

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An Oregon man is behind bars in Missoula after eluding law enforcement for 15 years.

Daniel Clement Chafe, 55, allegedly faked his own death in a fishing accident in 1998 right before he was to stand trial for child sex-abuse charges.

In the 1990s, Chafe was allegedly recruiting girls between 14 and 16 years of age to form the "Cobalt Clan."

According to a FBI poster, he wanted to produce a large number of children, so he could rule over them.

He was arrested on rape, sodomy and sex abuse charges. Right before his trial in September of 1998, a friend told authorities Chafe went overboard while they were fishing.

Chafe was arrested last Wednesday in Bozeman then transported to Missoula. He appeared in U.S. District court in Missoula the next day and waived his right to fight extradition.

He remains in the Missoula County Detention Center before he will be sent back to Oregon.

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