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Twist in Rockefeller disappearance

Lexi Metherell reported this story on Friday, January 29, 2010 12:18:00

ELEANOR HALL: There's been a worrying development in the case of the missing Melbourne businessman
Herman Rockefeller who has been missing for just over a week.

Victorian police officers say they searched a house yesterday afternoon and now believe that Mr
Rockefeller may have met with foul play.

The police are now questioning two people about the case.

Lexi Metherell has been following developments and joins us now.

Lexi, what exactly are the police telling you?

LEXI METHERELL: Well Eleanor the investigation seems to have taken a sinister turn after police
searched a townhouse in Hadfield which is in Melbourne's north yesterday afternoon.

They've taken a couple into custody, a 57-year-old man and 41-year-old woman and they're being
questioned over the matter.

No charges have been laid and police are not saying how the pair may be linked to Herman
Rockefeller but they held a press conference outside the Hatfield house this morning and Detective
Senior Sergeant Stuart Bateson says police now have firm fears for the safety of Mr Rockefeller.

STUART BATESON: We believe at this stage that he may have met with foul play and we're
investigating that belief and at this stage, as I said, we have multiple lines of inquiry.

Our detectives have been working throughout the night as they have throughout the week and will
continue to do so. And I just ask for a little bit of patience while we make those investigations.

ELEANOR HALL: That's Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Bateson speaking to reporters in Melbourne
this morning.

Lexi when was Mr Rockefeller last seen?

LEXI METHERELL: Well the last confirmed sighting of Mr Rockefeller was when he left Melbourne
airport on Thursday night last week in his Toyota Prius.

He's a property investor and he had been away on a business trip with his brother. And his family
were expecting him home that night.

He didn't arrive home and his family obviously started to worry. He's a father of two who turned 52
this week. So on Sunday they launched a public appeal for the public's help to find him.

This week his car was found on the side of a road just outside Ballarat. And there have been
various reported sightings of a man resembling Mr Rockefeller.

But so far the results of this raid yesterday seems to be the most concrete lead that police are

ELEANOR HALL: Now people do go missing all the time. Why has this case generated so much attention?

LEXI METHERELL: It's difficult to say why this case has attracted so much attention. The surname
may have been the initial factor that drew people's attention to it. Of course it's the same as the
famous American industrialist family.

But although Herman did immigrate to Victoria as a child from the US with his family, his family
says they're no relation to the American clan.

His family's appeal for help on the weekend may have also helped spark that deep interest in the

His wife Vicky says it's completely out of character for her husband to do something like this. And
earlier this week on radio she said he'd been absolutely ecstatic about his daughter's acceptance
into medical school. And she said there was absolutely no evidence that he'd been leading some sort
of double life that would lead him to disappear.

His brother Robert who he'd been travelling with on the business trip last week in New South Wales
said Herman had been in fine spirits. He'd been talking about future plans for the business with
his brother.

So there's this sense that he was just a normal man who disappeared for no reason and a lot of
people have just been really intrigued by this story.

ELEANOR HALL: So it remains a mystery.

Lexi Metherell in Melbourne thank you.