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'Kidnap' girl rejoins her mother

Reigh Storrow Boss
Reigh Storrow Boss is described as a chatty and friendly little girl

A seven-year-old girl allegedly abducted by her father in the United States has been reunited with her mother, US police have confirmed.

Reigh Storrow Boss, nicknamed Snooks, who lives with her mother Sandra Boss in London, was snatched during a supervised visit in Boston last Sunday.

Her father, who uses the name Clark Rockefeller, was arrested in a Baltimore apartment on Saturday.

A Boston police official said the reunion went "very well".

Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Thomas Lee confirmed that mother and daughter were reunited in Baltimore late on Saturday night, just hours after police arrested Mr Rockefeller and retrieved the girl unharmed.

Out of respect for the family's privacy, police declined to say if the pair were staying in Baltimore, or had returned to Boston.

I'll tell you, one of the best moments of my police career was getting to personally tell Sandra Boss that we've recovered her daughter and she absolutely collapsed in my arms, I caught her before she hit the ground
Tom Lee, Boston Police Deputy Superintendent

Mr Rockefeller, 48, is being held in custody in Baltimore where he was arrested following a large-scale manhunt that involved local police, the Boston Police Department and the FBI.

His arrest came after a tip-off from a "concerned" member of the public that he was living in a Baltimore apartment and had a catamaran docked at a nearby marina.

Investigators used a ruse to lure Mr Rockefeller away from his daughter - a phone call warning his boat was taking on water, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

As soon as Mr Rockefeller stepped out of his rented townhouse-type apartment in an upscale Baltimore neighbourhood, officers entered and found Reigh alone and "apparently unharmed".

After her daughter was found safe, Ms Boss, 41, said she was "overjoyed" and expressed her "deepest gratitude" to everyone involved in the investigation.

Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Tom Lee said: "I'll tell you, one of the best moments of my police career was getting to personally tell Sandra Boss that we've recovered her daughter and she absolutely collapsed in my arms, I caught her before she hit the ground."

First visit

A police spokeswoman said the little girl seemed pleased to see the officers.

"Her first words were that she was very happy to see very nice people," she said.

Mr Rockefeller and his daughter were last seen being dropped off at New York's Grand Central Terminal on Sunday night.

Earlier that afternoon, a social worker reported to police that Reigh had been kidnapped on a supervised visit.

It was Mr Rockefeller's first supervised visit with his daughter since he split with Ms Boss in December.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington said police initially suspected Mr Rockefeller was trying to flee to Bermuda or Peru on a yacht docked in Long Island, New York.

But they now believe Mr Rockefeller may have planted false clues to throw investigators off his trail, he added.

Ms Boss made an internet appeal for the safe return of her daughter.

In the appeal released by Boston Police Department, Ms Boss said: "We both love her dearly and have only her best interests and well-being at heart."

Ms Boss works for management consultancy McKinsey & Co in London. She is a Harvard graduate who has worked for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Mr Rockefeller does not belong to the Rockefeller dynasty that earned its fortune in the oil industry and questions have been raised about his true identity.




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