Roscoe became part of the investigation around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning when he received a call from the FBI saying that they had obtained a warrant to search a boat. Roscoe was surprised to learn it was the small "chain-saw food" catamaran owned by the elusive man who fretted about his little boat.
On Saturday afternoon, with FBI agents present, Roscoe called Rockefeller on his cell phone and told him that the boat was taking on water. To bolster the ruse, he even placed water pumps near the boat, he told ABC News. But as soon as Rockefeller emerged from the house he was arrested without incident, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said during a press conference at police headquarters Saturday afternoon. The girl, Reigh "Snooks" Boss, was found inside the house unharmed.
"I'm so happy to see nice people,'' the little girl reportedly exclaimed, according to FBI special agent Noreen Gleason. When Gleason and Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Tom Lee told Boss that her daughter had been found, the worried mother collapsed in the police official's arms.
"I caught her. She fainted dead away," Lee said. "She was overjoyed."
Boss then spoke on the phone with her daughter, who told her: "Daddy left me alone but these nice people came to get me.''
It was unclear late yesterday if Boss planned to immediately return to London, where she works as an executive for a high-powered consulting firm. The Harvard-educated Boss met Rockefeller in the 1990s after he dated her identical twin sister, Julia, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
The couple divorced in 2007. A judge impounded the divorce case file at the couple's request. Boss did legally change her daughter's name to Reigh Boss as part of the settlement with her ex-husband. She also reportedly paid him a substantial sum of money to relinquish custody of the girl, the sources said, but agreed to allow him supervised visits. It was during one of the supervised visits in Boston on Sunday afternoon that Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter off a street using unwitting accomplices to whisk Reigh out of the state.
As the father and daughter walked down a Back Bay street, a livery cab driver pulled up and Rockefeller picked up Reigh and jumped into the vehicle. The social worker supervising the visit was injured trying to prevent the alleged kidnapping.
Rockefeller also allegedly duped another friend, Aileen Ang, 30, into driving him to New York City for $500. Ang called police when he realized an Amber Alert had been broadcast for Rockefeller and Reigh. Rockefeller, who one police source called a "ghost," told Ang he was sailing out of town on a 72-foot catamaran named "Serenity."
He also insinuated that he was a descendant of the famed Rockefeller clan and that he was a graduate of Yale. Investigators have debunked both of those assertions. Investigators did confirm that Rockefeller traded $300,000 in cash for 300 American eagle gold coins. However, other stories he has spun, including a claim that his parents died in a car crash and that he worked as a physicist, remain unconfirmed.
It remains unclear why initial reports early Saturday from the FBI and other law enforcement sources indicated that Rockefeller had turned himself in to authorities.