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Man charged in kidnapping keeps mum on cold case

August 08, 2008|Richard Winton | Times Staff Writer

A Boston man who detectives hoped would shed light on the 1985 disappearance of a San Marino couple has refused to speak with Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives, authorities said Thursday.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the detectives are heading back to Los Angeles and have not made any definitive links between Clark Rockefeller and the disappearance of Jonathan Sohus, 26, and his wife, Linda, 28.

The Sohuses have not been seen since they vanished from their San Marino home in 1985. In 1994, the new owners of the house on Lorain Road were building a swimming pool when workers unearthed human remains. Authorities have speculated that they were Jonathan's.

Rockefeller was arrested by FBI agents Saturday and charged Tuesday in the kidnapping of his daughter. Investigators in Boston matched Rockefeller's fingerprints with those on an out-of-state license application submitted under the name of Christopher Chichester, a man who once lived in the Sohuses' guest house. California authorities have long wanted to question Chichester, but were unable to find him.

Rockefeller is not a suspect in the San Marino case. But Whitmore has described him as a "person of interest."

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richard.winton@latimes.com

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