Childnapper Now Suspect
in Fans’ 1985 Disappearance

Linda Mayfield and John Sohus

The Boston Herald reports that law enforcement authorities believe the man known in Boston as Clark Rockefeller, now behind bars on charges he abducted his 7-year-old daughter, Reigh “Snooks” Storrow Mills Boss, is Christopher Chichester, identified as a “person of interest” in the 1985 disappearance and apparent murder of LASFS member Linda Mayfield and her husband John Sohus (above).

A subsequent Boston Herald story reports:

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators have called Rockefeller a “person of interest” in the 1985 disappearance and possible murder of Linda and John Sohus, a young couple from San Marino, Calif. Authorities want to ask Rockefeller whether he was living in the couple’s guest house under the alias Christopher Chichester.

Rockefeller refused to speak to two Los Angeles County homicide detectives Wednesday who flew to Boston to talk to him about the case. When the couple went missing, police wanted to question Chichester, who was living in a converted garage on the Sohuses’ property, but Chichester disappeared before investigators could locate him. In 1994, workers digging a pool in the backyard of the home discovered human remains in three plastic bags, which were presumed to be those of John Sohus, but never definitively determined. Neither Linda Sohus nor her remains have been located.

The Whittier (CA) Daily News on August 6 published an interview with a forensic expert from the Los Angeles County Coroner who has analyzed the remains believed to be those of John Sohus. The article includes a thorough summary of the information known about the couple’s disappearance.

The case was once featured on an episode of the old Unsolved Mysteries television series. A few months ago followers of the show were discussing the case and quoted some of what “Pip R. Lagenta” wrote online about his interaction with Linda Mayfield: the original posts are here and here.

Update 8/7/2008: Added narrative details from the latest online Boston Herald and Whittier Daily News coverage. Changed link from Unsolved Mysteries discussion group to the LJ directly quoted.

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