An alleged pedophile may have faked his own drowning.

Wanted: Stryder Styarfyr

Suspect:

Gender: Male
DOB: 8/5/58
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 163 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Defining Characteristics: Has a distinctive blue and gold tattoo of a lion on his upper right arm.  On his left arm he has a sword and candle.

CASE DETAILS

After a late summer fishing trip on the Snake River in Washington, Stryder Starfyre and another man headed for home. With night approaching, they were worried about getting back before dark. As the boat sped across the water, Starfyre reached for a beer from an ice chest. The boat’s driver heard his dog yelp, and when he turned around, Starfyre was gone. He was never seen again.

The apparent accidental drowning of Stryder Starfyre has been in question ever since.   It wasn’t long before investigators learned that Starfyre actually had a good reason to disappear.

The victim wrote a note

Starfyre was a family man. He, his wife, and their two young children lived in the small town of Roseburg, Oregon. In the early 1990s, the 14 year-old daughter of a family friend often spent time with them. We’ll call her Lisa.

Lisa had grown up without a father and she became like a second daughter to Starfyre and his wife. Those who spent any time with Starfyre would usually fall under the spell of his incredible charm. He told romantic tales about his exploits while serving with Special Forces in Vietnam, spying for the CIA, or fighting alongside the Irish Republican Army. Mary Beth Havel is Starfyre’s ex-wife:

“When he told us about being this crusader, to help the little man, to pull the poor guy up by his boots and give the underdog his day, you tended to believe him.   He wove his stories very well.”

Starfyre also claimed he was the last surviving member of a Scottish clan and was the sole heir to its fortunes. As Lisa grew up, she spent more and more time with the Starfyre family. And Starfyre always made himself available to her. According to Mary Beth:

“He was a father figure when she had no father figure.   She had no qualms of believing and feeling safe with him because he’d always been safe.”

But according to Lisa, those feelings of trust and security were destroyed one night in the Starfyre home:

“Out of the blue, he started to profess his love to me and told me he had been in love with me for years. That was a really terrifying moment.”

Another victim came forward

After making his advance, Starfyre allegedly seduced and then had sex with Lisa. For more than a year, the traumatized teenager didn’t reveal what had happened. Lisa said that the secrecy took a heavy toll:

“After Stryder did that to me, my life really spiraled out of control. I couldn’t make any friends at school, so I quit going and I did a lot of drugs. I decided that I couldn’t deal with it anymore.”

Starfyre’s behavior became more blatant in other ways. One day, he brought home an unexpected guest. He introduced her as his new business partner.   According to his ex-wife, Mary Beth:

“I had been getting a little bit of rumor that there was more than just business going on between them.   And when they came home, it was exceedingly obvious that they were being intimate.”

His wife was shocked when Starfyre proposed that she welcome this woman into their home as his second wife. That was the last straw. Within weeks, she filed for divorce.   But it was not until after their divorce was final that Starfyre’s ex-wife learned the true depth of his lies and deceit.   Lisa left a note saying she was running away with her boyfriend. She also revealed the dark secret she’d been keeping all these years. Mary Beth said she received a call from Lisa’s stepfather:

“He said that she left a note and in the note she stated that Stryder had molested her. And I was torn between disbelief and belief.”

Lisa returned home the following day, but Starfyre’s ex-wife said she was still grappling with the disturbing revelation:

“I was just overwhelmed with everything that had happened.   I’d just been through a whole time during the divorce of finding out that he wasn’t who he said he was, that the last eleven years really had nothing to do with reality.”

He disappeared off the side of the boat

Stryder Starfyre was formally charged with felony rape and sexual assault. Then, authorities learned from Lisa that there might be more secrets to uncover in the Starfyre home.   According to Detective Dean Perske of the Oregon State Police:

“When going over her case, she brought up another girl’s name that she was aware was living there at the house during the time that she was.   That’s when victim #2 was brought up in this.”

Years earlier, a girl we’ll call Debbie, had often babysat for the Starfyre children. This victim was in the ninth grade at the time she was first seduced by Starfyre. Debbie told police that Starfyre had won her trust with fantastic tales and promises to make her his princess:

“He made up the fairy tale. And Stryder really created a fantasy world for a lot of people. And for me, it was the fantasy that was sort of where I really wanted to be in life, not where I was. It obviously wasn’t just an isolated incident. I had to come forward not only to give validity to the other girl’s claims, but also just to try and prevent this from happening to somebody else.”

Although Starfyre was arrested, he was later released without bail to wait for his trial.   Just ten days before that trial was due to begin, Starfyre apparently fell overboard and vanished. According to Sergeant Patrick Kelley of the Whitman County Sheriff’s Department:

“We have had a lot of people come up missing or drowned in the Snake River.   But in my 13 years of experience, I have never had one like this.”

Did Stryder Starfyre stage his own disappearance? When police examined the boat, it was dry and didn’t appear to have been in the water that day. All the fishing gear on board was clean and neatly stowed away. Inside Starfyre’s pick-up they found a fishing license in the name of “Daniel Chafe”, which turned out to be Starfyre’s real name. Police also learned that others knew Stryder Starfyre as “Curtis Jacoby.”   According to Det. Perske:

“I’m sure Mr. Starfyre is alive and well.   I don’t believe Mr. Starfyre was ever on that boat. I don’t believe he was ever on that river. I believe he’s hoping that, at some point, hopefully, all this will just go away and he can lead a happy life.”

Update:

Daniel Chafe AKA Stryder Styarfyr AKA Curtis Jacoby managed to elude authorities for 15 years before he was finally captured in Montana. Chafe was wanted on several charges of rape and sexual abuse of minors. Chafe pled guilty to four of the charges, and after plea bargaining, was sentenced to five and one-half years in prison.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season twelve with Robert Stack and in season seven with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

 

6 Comments

  1. DTX

    Wish they’d let us know if he was beaten to death in prison or not. Would be a nice day to hear he was.

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  2. sara

    I hope that pervert got raped in prison

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  3. Bernard Short

    I remember watching this guy’s story back on America’s Most Wanted 10 years ago or so because I remember when they’ve aired this story on that show but when I’ve watched that same show on Unsolved Mysteries later on , I’ve learned that this fella had a real name & he’s been captured & was serving some years in prison but after he’s released then he would have to register as a sex offender later on .

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  4. Anonymous

    5 1/2 years for all the disgusting things he did to young girls. Destroying their entire lives, rendering them hopeless and basically messed up never being able to live a normal life again. Americas “justice system” does not care. Sex crimes are taken lightly because there’s not enough understanding of what it does to someone after they have been “taken” body and soul. Because sex is just sex to us. Its a pleasure and grown (mostly men) people who have never been in that position can not think of it in a truly bad way for them. Oh the effect it has on someone afterwards to be raped or molested. And this is a prime example of why people dont even bother to come forward anymore. 5 years pfft…..

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    • DISGUSTED

      I agree! The first thing I thought was “15 years being on the run and raping and molesting children and he gets a total of six and a half years?!” Absolutely disgusting and disgraceful!

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  5. lisa

    never liked that name he used starfyer lmfao

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