Video: Father hunted in girl’s kidnapping

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updated 7/29/2008 12:47:53 PM ET 2008-07-29T16:47:53

Police on Tuesday were investigating the disappearance of a father and daughter amid concerns the dad, involved in a custody dispute, may try to flee the country on a 72-foot yacht, possibly to Bermuda.

Authorities said Clark Rockefeller, who they say has used several aliases, grabbed his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh Boss, on Sunday during a visit supervised by a social worker in Boston and fled in a vehicle driven by another man.

Rockefeller was last seen Sunday night at Grand Central Terminal, according to New York City police. The NYPD Harbor Patrol, the Coast Guard and the FBI searched for the boat Monday in the waters surrounding New York and Long Island.

Boston police confirmed Tuesday to NBC News that they had found the SUV allegedly used as a getaway vehicle by Rockefeller and were interviewing a person who may have been the driver. Boston police had issued an arrest warrant for Rockefeller on charges of custodial kidnapping. He also is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon because the social worker was injured while trying to hold onto the vehicle.

The social worker was dragged a short distance and later treated for minor injuries, police said.

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Reigh, whose legal name is Reigh Storrow Boss, lives with her mother, Sandra Boss, who works in London as a partner in global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. Boss also is on the board of The Mount, Edith Wharton's estate. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and has worked with politicians such as New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg in governmental financial consulting, according to her company profile.

Fraser Seitel, a spokesman for the descendants of John D. Rockefeller Sr., said he could say with certainty that Clark Rockefeller was not descended from the side of the family that made billions of dollars with Standard Oil and whose name is synonymous with extraordinary wealth. He said family archives also show no indication that the fugitive was descended from William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Sr.'s only sibling.

In a 2004 article about Rockefeller's $110,000 donation to the town of Cornish, N.H., where he and Boss were part-time residents, The Valley News paper reported that he declined to comment on a possible Rockefeller family relationship.

Clark Rockefeller is a former director of Boston's exclusive Algonquin Club, but resigned from the club three months ago, the club's manager said Monday. Police said Rockefeller met his daughter and the social worker at the club's address on Sunday.

Manager Lassaad Riahi said that he has known Rockefeller for the several years he was a member.

"What I do know is he's a gentleman. He's a kind man. Polite. Very, very intelligent," Riahi said. "I am very shocked."

WHDH-TV and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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