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Peterson investigators examine bodies of woman, baby

Police: 'No indication' remains are missing woman, child

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Laci Peterson has been missing since December 24

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Officials investigating Laci Peterson's disappearance are examining remains of a woman and a baby that have washed ashore. KOVR's Gloria Gomez reports. (April 15)
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RICHMOND, California (CNN) -- Modesto police investigating the disappearance of Laci Peterson, the pregnant woman missing since Christmas Eve, arrived in Richmond, California, on Monday to examine two bodies, one a woman, one a baby, that have washed ashore in a park in the past two days.

Modesto police spokesman Doug Ridenour said the investigators will be working with local officials to identify the woman's body, which was found Monday on the park's San Francisco Bay shoreline.

Richmond is 80 miles northwest of the Petersons' home in Modesto. Ridenour said there is "no indication at this point" that the remains are those of Laci Peterson, who disappeared from Modesto on Christmas Eve.

Chief Norman Lapera of the East Bay Regional Parks Police Department said remains were of "a badly decomposed body settled among the rocks."

The remains have been taken to the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office, Lapera said.

Richmond Police Sgt. Enos Johnson said the woman's remains were "skeletal," and that the coroner has determined that the baby, found Sunday about a mile north of the woman's body, was a full-term boy. Peterson was due to give birth to a baby boy February 10.

Johnson said someone walking on a trail found the body.

Police: 'No indication' remains are missing woman, child

"It was laying inshore and looked like it had been washed ashore by the tides," Johnson said.

Ridenour said investigators might perform DNA tests on the remains to verify the identity, and results could take weeks.

Laci Peterson's husband, Scott, said he was fishing at the Berkeley Marina, about two miles from Richmond, the day his wife disappeared.

Investigators have twice searched the Petersons' home, and impounded Scott's car and boat soon after Laci's disappearance. Police have not ruled out Scott as a suspect in the case. He has acknowledged, since his wife's disappearance, that he was having an affair at the time.

Kim Petersen, a spokeswoman for Laci Peterson's family, told CNN that she has no reason to believe at this time that there is any connection between the discovery of the bodies and Laci's disappearance. Later, calls to her phone were referred to the Modesto Police Department.

Peterson told police he last saw his wife at home in Modesto just before leaving on his solo fishing trip and that she had told him she planned to take the dog for a walk.

A neighbor later found the dog running around the neighborhood, dragging its leash.


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