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Laci Peterson Case


As of 4-21-03, all press releases were done by the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office. Unfortunately, their website is no longer available for viewing. For additional information on this case, visit Laci Peterson
Early in the afternoon of 4-18-2003, the Department of Justice Crime Lab positively identified the female body that was found on Monday in the East Bay as that of Laci Peterson. They also identified the baby boy found in Richmond on Sunday as being the child of Laci and Scott Peterson. At 11:10 a.m. today, detectives from the Modesto Police Department Crimes Against Persons unit arrested Scott Peterson in San Diego for the homicide of Laci Peterson and their unborn son.
Modesto Police Chief Roy Wasden, along with Sheriff Warren E. Rupf of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, Chief Joseph Samuels of the Richmond Police Department and Chief Norm Lapera of the East Bay Regional Park Police, held a press conference at the Modesto Police Department announcing the results of the crime lab tests and the arrest of Scott Peterson.

Sheriff Rupf officially announced that the female body was positively identified as Laci Rocha Peterson and the male baby was identified identified as being Laci's unborn baby. The body of Laci was found in the East Bay Regional Park Police Department's jurisdiction and the body of the baby was found in the jurisdiction of the Richmond Police Department.

Late that morning, Scott Peterson was arrested at the intersection of Callan and Torrey Pines Road in the San Diego area. The arrest was made by Department of Justice Special Agent Supervisor Ernie Limon, Special Agent Peter Shear and CHP Officer Claude Jubran, without incident. He was immediately turned over to Modesto Police Homicide Detectives. Scott Peterson is being transported back to Modesto to be booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center.

The family of Laci Peterson was notified later that afternoon that the bodies were confirmed to be that of Laci and her unborn son. They were also notified of Scott Peterson's arrest. Modesto Police also notified Scott Peterson's parents.

Chief Wasden publicly thanked the numerous agencies involved in the almost four month long investigation. "During the sixteen weeks of looking for Laci Peterson, we have received tremendous support from law enforcement agencies throughout California and throughout the Nation. The Modesto Police Department Homicide team worked incredibly hard, investigating every possible lead ensuring a complete investigation was conducted that would lead to a successful prosecution."

Scott Peterson was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on two counts of murder. Modesto Police continued the investigation and presented it to the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office for filing.