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FBI seeks fugitive in 20-year-old Douglas County rape case

Jean Leonard Faure is believed to have fled in January of 1998 just before his trial on rape, sodomy and burglary charges in Roseburg. Now the FBI is launching a new effort to track him down.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 1:32 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is launching a new effort to track down the suspect in a 20-year-old rape case who is believed to have fled the area just prior to the date of his trial.

Jean Leonard Faure, who would now be 54 years-old, was originally arrested by police in Roseburg during January of 1998. Charged with rape, sodomy and burglary following an attack on his ex-wife, Faure is believed to have fled the area just prior to his trial date.

"On January 5, 1998, Faure allegedly went to the residence of his ex-wife in Roseburg, Oregon, in violation of a restraining order, and, at gunpoint, allegedly raped and sodomized her. He also removed property from the residence," the FBI wanted poster for Faure reads.

In April of 1998, the FBI got an Unlawful Flight Against Prosecution (federal fugitive) warrant against Faure. However, investigators never found the man.

According to the FBI, Faure was born in the Seychelles Islands, an island chain just off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. After moving to the U.S., Faure lived in Oregon and Hawaii. He has family throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Seychelles. He may also travel to Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Faure is described as a white man, about 5'10" and 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a scar near his left eye. He is known to enjoy soccer and gambling, and has worked as a waiter in the past.

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