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Laci Peterson’s Remains Are Released

August 22, 2003

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) _ Four months after Laci Peterson’s body washed onto a San Francisco Bay shore, officials have released her remains.

Under a court order, the coroner in Contra Costa County had until Friday to release the bodies.

The coroner’s office confirmed Friday it no longer had the remains, but officials would not say whether the family retrieved them. The office referred questions to Stanislaus County, where prosecutors have charged Scott Peterson with double murder for allegedly killing his wife and unborn child.

The Stanislaus County district attorney’s office said it would not respond to questions.

``The district attorney requests that all parties respect the privacy of the Rocha family in this time of mourning,″ the office said, using Laci Peterson’s maiden name.

A spokeswoman for the family declined comment Friday, saying only that funeral arrangements would be private.

Scott Peterson, 30, has pleaded innocent in the case. A hearing at which prosecutors will summarize their evidence against him is set for Sept. 9.

Laci Peterson, 27, was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Modesto home Christmas Eve. Officials in Contra Costa County, where her body and that of her unborn son were discovered in April, have held onto the remains so prosecutors and the defense team could test for forensic evidence.

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