I hope this isn't her & their baby. This would be a shame if it is.
She is beautiful - string the husband up! Why was he fishing after she disappeared?
Bodies of woman, infant wash up on Calif. shore
Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she vanished Dec. 24.
Apr. 15, 2003 06:10 AM
RICHMOND, Calif. - Medical examiners are trying to determine whether the badly decomposed bodies of a woman and an infant boy that washed up on the northern California shoreline are that of Laci Peterson and her son.
Authorities investigating the disappearance of Peterson, who was eight months pregnant when she vanished Dec. 24, were called to the area. Officials cautioned they had no evidence to indicate that the woman's body, found Monday, is connected to the missing woman and had not confirmed whether the baby and the woman were related.
Peterson, 27 when she vanished, was due to give birth to a boy in February.
"All it is at this point is they had a body wash up," said Modesto Sgt. Ron Cloward, who has headed the search. "We have no indication at this point that it has anything to do with Laci."
Peterson's husband, Scott Peterson, told police he last saw his wife the morning of Dec. 24 as she left their home in Modesto to walk the dog. He said he then went fishing at the Berkeley Marina, about three miles south of where the woman's body was found.
Richmond is about 90 miles northwest of Modesto.
An independent forensic pathologist began examining the woman's body Monday night, about six hours after it was found by a woman walking her dog in a park near Point Isabel. The baby's body had surfaced about a mile away Sunday with his umbilical cord still attached.
The medical examiner's office did not return messages early Tuesday.
Peterson's husband has been questioned about her disappearance but never named as a suspect. He admitted in January that he had an affair with another woman last year but denied any role in his wife's disappearance.
His attorney, Kirk McAllister, said he had told his client about the day's developments. "He's very concerned and broken up at the prospect that it might be his wife," said McAllister.
Laci Peterson's relatives, who had criticized Scott Peterson after his affair was revealed, had no immediate comment.
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee cautioned that it might take a day or longer to identify the woman and how she died. He said results from the infant's autopsy would be used to determine if they were mother and child.
"It's a very time-consuming procedure. They need to collect the evidence of whatever they can find on the body and clothing," Lee said. "It's going to take some time."
East Bay Regional Park Police Chief Norman Lapera refused to provide details on the body's condition or say whether the woman appeared to have been pregnant.
"We obviously know all that information. We're just not releasing it at this time," Lapera said.
Although detectives from Modesto were on the scene Monday night, the case remained in the hands of the park police who patrol the rocky shoreline where the body washed up at what appeared to be the high-water mark.
"What we've done, as a precaution, is we've notified the Modesto Police Department," Lapera said. "We have their investigators responding to the scene here ... and that's just a normal precaution."
Investigators searched the area around the Berkeley Marina in the weeks following Laci's disappearance and last month searched the area near where the woman's body was found.