Back to Boston for Con-Man Kidnap Suspect

Authorities may have their man in Clark Rockefeller. They're just not exactly sure who their man is.

Rockefeller, who waived extradition at his first court appearance in Baltimore Monday, is being transported to Boston, where he is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Suffolk County on custodial kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges tied to the abduction of his 7-year-old daughter Reigh on a Boston city street.

Despite a media frenzy and scrutiny from several law enforcement agencies, the truth behind the kidnap suspect, now tied to several aliases, remains a mystery.

Rockefeller's not helping the matter. Police say he is not answering investigators questions or helping them build a complete profile of a past so far riddled with inconsistencies and alleged con jobs. Authorities have found no valid Social Security number, driver's license or wedding certificate documenting his personal history.

"What I can tell you is that he has been uncooperative with law enforcement up to this point," Dan Conley, the Suffolk County District Attorney, told ABC News.

While Rockefeller, 48, may be able to keep quiet for now, he could not stop authorities from taking fresh fingerprints, which the Boston Globe reported this morning may connect him to an alleged California murder. According to the Globe report -- which the newspaper acknowledged it could not confirm -- Rockefeller's fresh prints linked him to an alias profile that is the name of a person wanted in connection to a California homicide.

Conley was confident investigators will soon figure out the truth behind Rockefeller's mixed stories, which have had him using several names, making lavish purchases with gold and floating in high-society circles from Baltimore to Boston.

"Clark's not at a cocktail party anymore," Conley said. "He's dealing with us here in law enforcement and we are going to identify him."

Federal investigators are also involved in that identification process, and are equally confident they will resolve the kidnap suspect's conflicted past, however sinister it may be.

"I think he's good, but I think we're better," Noreen Gleason, an FBI assistant special agent in charge in Boston, told ABC News. Many talented investigators are working on it, she said, "so I have no doubt that we will be able to find out who Clark Rockefeller really is."

Asked about the possible fingerprint link to the California crime, Gleason would only say "that's part of the ongoing investigation and remains to be seen."

Gleason did talk about the emotional reunion between Reigh Boss and the child's mother, Sandra, who flew to Baltimore Saturday to meet her daughter after investigators lured Rockefeller from an apartment.

Boss, a senior consultant at MicKinsey and Co.'s London office, and Rockefeller were divorced in 2007. Boss had concerns about her husband's true identity and received custody of the child. Rockefeller was granted visitation rights with the condition that the visits were supervised by a social worker.

It was during one of those visits in Boston, on July 27, when Rockefeller, with the help of two paid yet unwitting drivers, executed the first step of his alleged kidnap plan.

"We went into the house and told Miss Boss," Gleason said, recounting the moment they told her Clark was arrested and the child, nicknamed "Snooks," was safe. "Honestly, she fainted. We caught her as she went down on the floor."

In the course of a week, Rockefeller was traced to New York and ultimately to Baltimore, where he had bought an apartment for $450,000 with the apparent intention of relocating with his daughter.

In Baltimore, Rockefeller had kept a dilapidated 26-foot catamaran at a local marina under the name Chip Smith. Investigators used a phone number provided by the marina to contact Rockefeller, who was told that the boat, named "Puma," was taking on water. Rockefeller was apprehended as he walked out of the apartment.

Julie Gochar, the managing partner of Obsidian Realty, the Baltimore realty firm Rockefeller used to buy his apartment, Monday said that Rockefeller, using the name Charles "Chip" Smith, first expressed interest in 2007 in buying a place as he planned to relocate with his daughter from Chile.

The company also let their client Rockefeller use the Internet in their office. Her staff contacted authorities on Aug. 1 after seeing a bulletin about the Rockefeller's case.

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