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Child-snatch suspect is 'wanted'

Clark Rockefeller arrives handcuffed in Boston
Mr Rockefeller was arrested by the FBI in Baltimore

A man accused of abducting his London-based daughter has been identified as a German wanted over the disappearance of a couple in 1985, US authorities say.

Clark Rockefeller, 48, was remanded in custody last week accused of taking Reigh Storrow Boss, seven, in Boston.

LA County sheriff's department said he had now been "positively identified" as Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, wanted for questioning in the California case.

Mr Rockefeller's lawyer said his client

had little memory of pre-1993 events.

Investigators say Mr Rockefeller's fingerprints match those on an old licence application made by a man named Christopher Chichester, who lived in a guesthouse belonging to Jonathan and Linda Sohus at the time they went missing.


They can do what they want with it, but he doesn't remember anything. He remembers nothing before 1993, except for little bits and pieces
Stephen Hrones
Mr Rockefeller's lawyer

LA County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said detectives were "confident that Rockefeller is Christian Gerhartsreiter and the person named Christopher Chichester who was living in the Los Angeles area in 1985".

Mr Gerhartsreiter had been been identified as a "person of interest" in the case in San Marino, California, he said.

Investigators had confirmed Mr Rockefeller was Mr Gerhartsreiter after interviewing people who knew him in California in the 1980s, Mr Whitmore added.

Skeletal remains

Under the name Chichester, he was known to have rented a guesthouse at the home of Mr and Mrs Sohus, who vanished while living in San Marino, about 10 miles north east of Los Angeles.

Skeletal remains, which police believe are those of Mr Sohus, were unearthed at the Sohus's property in 1994 when new owners were installing a swimming pool.

But, when informed Mr Rockefeller had been identified as Mr Gerhartsreiter and Mr Chichester, Mr Rockefeller's lawyer, Stephen Hrones, said his client did not remember his childhood in Germany or his time in California during the 1980s.

"They can do what they want with it, but he doesn't remember anything. He remembers nothing before 1993, except for little bits and pieces," he said.

Mr Rockefeller was arrested in Baltimore on 2 August over the alleged kidnapping of his daughter after a tip-off from a member of the public.

He was taken from Baltimore to Boston to face charges and was remanded in custody by Boston Municipal Court last Tuesday.

He is charged with felony custodial kidnapping, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on 27 July.

The girl was reunited with her mother, Sandra Boss, who works for management consultancy McKinsey & Co in London, on 2 August.



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