Police divers return to bay where Laci Peterson was found

MODESTO, Calif. -- Police divers returned to San Francisco Bay on Friday, about five months after the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son came ashore there, according to a report in the Modesto Bee.

"We were at the bay today," Modesto Police spokesman Doug Ridenour told the newspaper. He also noted that police went to a marina in Richmond, across the bay from San Francisco, but he would not say what detectives were doing there.

"That's all I can say," Ridenour said, referring to a gag order in the Peterson case. Ridenour did not return calls to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Laci Peterson, who was then pregnant, disappeared from her Modesto home Christmas Eve. In April her body and that of her unborn baby were found along the shore of San Francisco Bay south of Richmond, where Scott Peterson said he was fishing when his wife vanished.

Scott Peterson, 30, has been charged with two counts of murder in the case, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Earlier this month, the preliminary hearing in Scott Peterson's trial was postponed until October to give the defense more time to review evidence.

The hearing, at which prosecutors are expected to lay out their case against the fertilizer salesman, was originally scheduled for Sept. 9.


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