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Bloodstain Test Planned in Calif. Probe Linked to Bizarre 'Crockefeller' Case

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Updated: A large bloodstain discovered in 1994 in the guesthouse of a California couple who have been missing since 1985 may now be the key to discovering what happened to them.

Although it was tested then, it will be retested now with improved technology, according to the Los Angeles Times. It may be the best evidence available: Authorities reportedly found human remains in 1994, under the home’s backyard swimming pool, which may belong to Jonathan Sohus. He was adopted, so it hasn’t yet been possible to match his DNA with blood relatives, and his wife, Linda Sohus, has never been found.

Sohus’ dental records also are unavailable, reports the Associated Press. However, DNA tests are being conducted on the bones and will be sent to a national DNA database, in case a match can be made, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The investigation into the couple’s disappearance has been jump-started by news that “Clark Rockefeller,” a wealthy father accused of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter in Boston, is apparently the same man as “Christopher Chichester,” a guesthouse tenant of the couple at the time they disappeared. Chichester left the area before he could be questioned by police, the newspaper notes.

As discussed in an earlier post, Rockefeller’s true name is Christian Gerhartsreiter, according to authorities. He also may have worked on Wall Street during the 1980s, under the name of Christopher Crowe.

Additional coverage:

Daily Mail: “Kidnap father Clark Rockefeller linked to mystery of murdered couple”

The Phoenix: “Revisiting the Boston dailies’ Crockefeller battle”

Updated at 6:30 p.m., central time, to include AP coverage.

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