Chichester reportedly lived with newlyweds Jonathan and Linda Sohus in San Marino, Calif., in 1985 when the pair vanished. Chichester left town before authorities could question him about the disappearance. The case went cold until 1994, when unidentified human bones were dug up under the couple's pool. The break renewed focus in the case on Chichester, who was featured on a 1995 episode of "Unsolved Mysteries."
The resemblance in photographs between Chichester and Rockefeller -- down to the distinctive spectacles -- is striking.
Los Angeles investigators arrived in Boston earlier this week to grill Rockefeller about the Sohus case. The suspect, however, has stymied their attempts to interview him.
Rockefeller's lawyer said earlier this week on ABC's "Good Morning America" that his client has no memory of his life before his 1994 marriage to Sandra Boss, an Ivy League educated business consultant.
The lawyer also denied that Rockefeller is the man California authorities called a person of interest Tuesday in the Sohus case.
"He doesn't remember his past," attorney Stephen Hrones told "GMA." Pressed to be more specific, Hrones said Rockefeller remembered "back to the time that he got married but before that time, he has real issues remembering his past."
Hrones also criticized police for trying to use the court of public opinion to convict his client. Rockefeller was arrested last Saturday in Baltimore when investigators used a ruse to draw him out of an apartment he had recently purchased with the apparent intention of starting a new life with his daughter. An employee of a nearby marina, where Rockefeller had docked his 26-foot catamaran, called Rockefeller at the instigation of the authorities, and told him the boat was taking on water.
Prosecutors said 300 1-ounce gold coins worth about $1,000 apiece and $12,000 in cash were found inside the apartment after the arrest. Before the discovery, ABC News reported that Rockefeller had exchanged cash for gold with a Boston bullion dealer.
Sandra Boss, the child's biological mother and Rockefeller's ex-wife, was reunited with her daughter Sunday. Boss, who had apparently married Rockefeller on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket in 1994, won "primary residential custody" of their daughter, whom they call "Snooks." It's now not clear whether the wedding was indeed legal because of questions about the paperwork that have been raised.
Rockefeller was allowed visitations with the child under the condition they were supervised. It was during one of these visits that he allegedly used an unwitting livery driver to escape the social worker and put his kidnap plan into action.
As investigators waded through Rockefeller's past, several media outlets have also dug in, sketching a collective timeline that may lay out Christian Gerhartsreiter's 30-year evolution into Clark Rockefeller.
Several residents in Berlin, Conn., have come forward to identify Rockefeller as a fairly mediocre student who arrived in the late 1970s to attend the local high school as an exchange student. Steve Savio, 39, said his family took in Gerhartsreiter, who quickly went from being a curious houseguest to a condescending nuisance.