Clark Rockefeller bought $300,000 in gold coins that can be used anywhere in the world weeks before he allegedly kidnapped his seven-year-old daughter and left the country, the owner of a precious metals shop told ABCNews.com.
Ken Murphy, 42, the owner of Boston Bullion, said Rockefeller bought 300 American Eagle gold coins last month. The coins are worth $1000 each, Murphy said.
He said Rockefeller, who went by the name Clark Rock when he came into the office, one of many aliases Rockefeller has allegedly used, said he had recently won a patent lawsuit and was investing the proceeds in gold.
"You can use them anywhere," Murphy said of the gold coins. "They can be convertible into cash anywhere."
Murphy said Rockefeller carried the gold coins, which weighed almost 19 pounds, out of the store in a briefcase. Murphy said ther money was wired to him from a bank account under the name Clark Rock.
Earlier this week a Boston police official with knowledge of the case said Rockefeller told one acquaintance that he used "$300,000 in gold bars" to buy a boat. Police believe Rockefeller may have fled the country on a recently-bought yacht named "Serenity."
Acting on a tip from a police source, ABC News located Murphy on Friday.
The revelation about the gold coins comes as police on the island of Turks and Caicos said Rockefeller and his daughter, Reigh, were spotted buying supplies on the island. Police say Rockefeller abducted the girl during a supervised visit in Boston on Sunday.
But the sightings were investigated and determined to be false, said Boston Police Department Spokesman Eddy Chrispin. "We've determined it was not him," he said.
Det. Sgt Calvin Chase of the Turks and Caicos police told ABCNews.com that Rockefeller and his daughter ? who was supposedly dressed like a boy and had her hair cut short ? were spotted Thursday at a Napa Auto parts store and a local 7-11 convenience store.
In a brief but heart-wrenching statement on Thursday, Rockefeller's ex-wife, Sandra Boss, appealed to Rockefeller to return Reigh, in her first public statement since the girl allegedly was abducted.
The statement came just hours after the U.S. Attorney's Office issued a federal kidnapping warrant for Rockefeller.
Authorities believe Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter during a supervised visit on Sunday. A black SUV pulled up and Rockefeller allegedly lifted the child into the car, eluding a social worker who was overseeing the visitation with his daughter and tried to stop the vehicle. The child lost her doll and backpack in the commotion.
From there, police say, Rockefeller and Reigh were dropped by an unwitting livery driver -- who since has cooperated with police -- at a Boston hospital where 30-year-old Aileen Ang, an acquaintance of Rockefeller's he met at a Boston sailing club, picked the father and daughter up and drove them to New York City.
Since then reported sightings of the man and the girl have been called in to police from around the country.
Federal authorities told ABC News that Rockefeller may have changed the girl's appearance to look like a boy.
"It's been brought to our attention her hair may have been cut short so she would resemble a boy," said Russell Kleber, an FBI special agent based in Boston.
The FBI also wants people to know that Reigh wears prescription glasses, though she is not seen wearing them in any of the published photos.
The mystery behind Reigh's disappearance has only been complicated by the shady history of her father.
"Nobody knows who this guy is," a high-ranking Boston police official assigned to the task force in charge of investigating Rockefeller's background told ABC News in an exclusive interview. "He is a ghost."
Boston police said investigators have not located a valid Social Security number for Clark Rockefeller. They have also found no wedding certificate documenting his marriage to Boss, the mother of the missing child who got custody of their daughter, Reigh, after their 2007 divorce, the official said.
The task force has not found any work history for Rockefeller, who told one former neighbor in New Hampshire that he was a "physicist" and fashioned himself as a "philanthropist" who sat on the boards of various nonprofits.
Investigators also are unclear about Rockefeller's education history, the official said, despite reports that he commonly told acquaintances he attended Yale and Harvard. Some people have told authorities that Rockefeller said that his parents died in a car crash when he was young; others were told he was homeschooled as a kid.
The Boston Police Department last placed Rockefeller at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. He had told Ang that he was heading for a boat he had recently purchased, a 72-foot catamaran called Serenity.
Boston police detectives have been sifting through stories that Rockefeller told friends in Boston about wanting to travel to Alaska, Peru and Bermuda on the yacht, according to a high-ranking police official with direct knowledge of the case.
Late Tuesday, Boston police released two photos of dresses they believe Rockefeller may have purchased on Sunday before the alleged kidnapping.
A Delaware woman came forward Tuesday and reported seeing a well-dressed man who matched Rockefeller's description and was with a young girl at a car dealership. The sighting has not been confirmed, but authorities are investigating the report.
Rockefeller, who has been connected to several aliases, is not a descendant of John D. Rockefeller, the wealthy New York industrialist, but he apparently did not dissuade other people from assuming they may be related.
When the Rev. Brian Marsh of Trinity Church in Cornish, N.H., where Rockefeller and Boss attended church until about two years ago, asked about Rockefeller's famous last name, he said Rockefeller didn't answer him directly.
Instead, he took out a pocketknife with the name "Nelson Rockefeller" on it, Marsh said. "He implied a connection."
Other neighbors in Cornish, a former artist's colony where Rockefeller and his wife Sandra purchased a historic property, described the kidnapping suspect as "elusive" and "vague" about personal details. They said he was a doting dad, but described him as paranoid, noting that he built a mote around the property and set up a security perimeter.
Rockefeller, known for his preppy attire, also boasted an extensive art collection that he said included several original works by Mark Rothko.
Rockefeller and Boss, who reportedly married in the early 1990s on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, divorced in 2007. A judge impounded the divorce case file at the couple's request.
Boss, an executive level consultant who attended Harvard Business School, was awarded custody of their daughter and successfully changed the child's name from Reigh Rockefeller to Reigh Boss.
Rockefeller was allowed supervised visits with his daughter. On Sunday afternoon, when the alleged kidnapping took place, the child and her mother were in Boston from their current home in London so that Rockefeller could see his daughter.
Ordinarily, Massachusetts authorities do not use the Amber Alert system for custodial kidnappings, but after the social worker was injured trying to stop the SUV that snatched up the child and her father, investigators agreed that there should be a statewide manhunt for Rockefeller and his daughter, said BPD spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.
Rockefeller is a former board director of the Algonquin Club of Boston, a private dining club founded in 1888 that is just blocks from where the alleged kidnapping took place. Lassaad Riahi, the general manager at the Algonquin Club, told ABCNews.com that Rockefeller resigned his membership from the club three months ago "on his own terms."
Sandra Boss, the child's mother, is a senior partner in the London office of McKinsey & Company. She has done consultant work for New York Sen. Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and has ties to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Reigh is 4 feet tall, weighs 50 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink-and-white sun dress and red shoes.
Clark Rockefeller is 5 feet 6 inches tall with a stocky build, thinning blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue Lacoste shirt and khaki pants.
"he was diff. you could def tell he was from the academic life. It was unusual. He seemed to want to talk about all the cultural things in boston."