The United States' Marshal's Office is searching for a convicted sexual predator that has ties to Alton. 40-year-old Frederick L. Buettner - who sometimes goes by Eric - pleaded guilty to charges in 2004 to raping his young daughter, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was released to a halfway house in East St. Louis in May, but has been missing for a little more than a week.
The Alton woman - Heather Claxton - fears for her own safety and that of her daughter. While his mugshot depicts a man with long hair and a full beard, she believes he may have tried to change his appearance.
Alton Police Department Public Information Officer Emily Hejna says they are on the lookout, but are focusing on the safety of Claxton and her daughter.
Buettner is described as 5' 11" tall, weighing about 155 pounds. If you know w he is hiding, you are urged to call your local police department.