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.