Police continue search for sexual predator who escaped local halfway house

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by Lauren Trager / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 10:01 AM

(KMOV) – Authorities continue to search for a man convicted of crimes against children in both Missouri and Illinois who has been missing since escaping a local halfway house in July.

Frederick Buettner in 2004 pleaded guilty to raping his daughter when she was between the ages of 3 and 5. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released in May.

“He’s a dangerous individual and no one is safe as long as he is out there,” Heather Claxton, the mother of Buettner’s daughter, told News 4 in July.

It’s not easy anymore for Claxton and her daughter to leave their house because they are so afraid of Buettner.

In July, Claxton got the call that Buettner had disappeared from a halfway house in East St. Louis. No one has heard from him since.

“It’s the worst nightmare I can imagine living through, knowing he’s out there and stalking us or someone else, it’s terrifying,” Claxton said.

State officials have confirmed he is still on the run and told continue to actively hunt and tracking down people he might know and places he might be.

Meanwhile, Claxton says her daughter can’t sleep and is afraid her dad will retaliate because she told authorities. They have installed security on their home and have been granted an Order of Protection.

Buettner’s described as 5-foot-11 and 155 pounds, with blonde or strawberry-blonde hair and a tattoo of a tiger head on his back.

Anyone with information about Buettner’s location is asked to call police.

*Watch the video above to see News 4's Lauren Trager's original report

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