Peterson: Disappearance & Arrest

April 16, 2003

Laci Peterson family asks public to respect privacy

Here is the text of the statement from Laci Peterson's family, as read by a spokeswoman at Tuesday's press conference:

Obviously this is a very difficult time for our family as we await the results of the DNA testing.

These past 3 1/2 months have been a constant nightmare for us. From the beginning, we have done all we can to find Laci and will continue to do so until she's found.

This waiting is the worst. While in the news reports these are two bodies that have been found, to us they could potentially be our daughter and grandson, our sister and nephew, loving members of our family, or possibly someone else's family who is experiencing our same pain. Please be considerate of that fact.

We believe that if this is Laci, God has allowed her to be found because our family needs to know where she is and what has happened to her. If this turns out to be Laci, we want the animal responsible for this heinous act to pay. We will do all we can to pursue justice for Laci and Conner.

We ask for your thoughts and prayers as we wait. We would like to thank all the people who have been so supportive of us during these past months. Your prayers, hugs, cards and e-mails mean more than you know. We don't know how we would have made it through each day without all of you.

During this time of waiting, we ask that you respect our privacy and our need to be together as a family. We will not be conducting any interviews prior to the test results.

Thank you.

Laci's family

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