By News-Register staff • 

UPDATE: Child located safe after being taken from custody hearing

Paul Robert Bute
Paul Robert Bute
Reagan M. Bute
Reagan M. Bute

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Thursday:

McMinnville youngster Reagan Bute has been found safe.

Her father, Paul Bute, took the 7-year-old to the Ashland Police Department this morning after apparently taking her from a custoday hearing on Wednesday. Bute, 38, also turned himself in to Ashland police.

McMinnville police said they are talking with their counterparts in Ashland about what action will be taken. No charges have been filed at this point.


Originally posted Wednesday:

The McMinnville Police Department is requesting assistance in locating 7-year-old Reagan M. Bute, who is illegally in the custody of her father, Paul Robert Bute, following a court order that the father not have custody of the girl.

According to a press release, Reagan was last seen when she was pulled out of school about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday by Paul Bute. Shortly thereafter, he lost custody of Reagan in court and the judge ordered that he not have custody of Reagan or any other children pending further review by the court. Paul Bute has not surrendered Reagan to her mother or the courts.

Paul Bute is described as a white male adult, age 38, 5 feet 8 inches, 150 pounds, and with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 1855 NE Johnson Court, McMinnville. He may be operating a silver 1999 Honda Passport with a spare tire on the back, license plate is Oregon 505GRY.

Reagan Bute is a white female, approximately 3 feet 6 inches and weighs about 60 pounds. She has light brown or dirty blonde, shoulder length hair, possibly in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing jeans, a pink, purple and green hoody, bright yellow fuzzy socks, black Ked shoes and a gray coat with fur trim around the hood, and carrying a purple and pink "Hello Kitty" backpack.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Reagan Bute, Paul Bute, or the vehicle is asked to call McMinnville Police Department at 503-434-6500.

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