- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

BOSTON | The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday it was sending two homicide detectives to Boston to interview a mysterious father accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a visit in Boston.

The man known as Clark Rockefeller - and by several aliases - was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court Tuesday on charges related to the July 27 disappearance of his daughter, Reigh Boss.

Authorities say they have been stymied in their efforts to figure out Mr. Rockefeller’s true identity. Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley said they have no record of him before 1993, and Mr. Rockefeller has said he doesn’t remember.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Tuesday two homicide detectives were en route to Boston to interview Mr. Rockefeller “in connection with a missing person report back in the early 1990s.”

Mr. Rockefeller’s attorney, Stephen Hrones, denied his client has any link to the California case, and said Clark Rockefeller is his legal name.

Mr. Hrones said Mr. Rockefeller did not “kidnap” his daughter.

“How could you kidnap your own daughter?” Mr. Hrones asked. “He loves his daughter. Kidnapping doesn’t apply, it was his own kid.”

The Boston Herald reported that Los Angeles authorities were investigating human remains discovered in 1994 in San Marino, Calif. The newspaper said three plastic bags containing human bones were found by workers digging a swimming pool. Investigators said at the time that the bones may have belonged to Jonathan Sohus, a man who disappeared along with his wife in 1985.

The Boston Globe, citing unidentified sources, reported that Mr. Rockefeller’s fingerprints were linked to an out-of-state license application under a different name. The Globe reported that name is on a list of people wanted in a homicide case in California.

Mr. Whitmore refused to release details of the case.

Mr. Rockefeller, 48, snatched his daughter, Reigh Boss, from a Boston street on July 27 in an elaborately planned kidnapping in which he hired two people to drive them to New York, police say. He was caught Saturday in Baltimore, where he had bought a home and a boat.

In court Tuesday, the unkempt-looking defendant - wearing a wrinkled Lacoste shirt and dark-frame glasses - stood still and looked down as the charges against him were read: felony parental kidnapping, assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

He didn’t speak to the judge during the hearing, though a court microphone caught him muttering, “That’s not me,” when a prosecutor mentioned an alias attributed to him.

Mr. Rockefeller had been flown to Logan International Airport earlier Tuesday, accompanied by police. Passengers said he smiled, drank coffee and read the New York Times on the short flight.

“Our experience tells us he’s more of a schemer than someone who has lost his memory,” Mr. Conley said.

Mr. Conley noted Massachusetts has a law against parental kidnapping.

“Just because he’s Reigh’s natural father, it doesn’t absolve him,” he said.

Mr. Hrones said he knew Mr. Rockefeller socially before Mr. Rockefeller hired him Tuesday, but he wouldn’t say how they knew each other. He described him as a good man who loves his daughter.

Mr. Rockefeller served as a director of Boston’s exclusive Algonquin Club, but resigned about three months ago.

There is no indication Mr. Rockefeller is related to the famous family descended from Standard Oil billionaire John D. Rockefeller Sr., family members said.

Reigh, known to family and friends as “Snooks,” was found in good condition in Baltimore and has been reunited with her mother, Sandra Boss. The two live together in London, where Ms. Boss is a senior partner in the London office of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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