Peterson: Preliminary Trial

October 2, 2003

Woman finds bones near site of Peterson's remains

Contra Costa County coroner's officials took possession Wednesday of several bones reportedly found near the spot where Laci Peterson's remains washed ashore in April.

Investigators had not determined whether the bones are human, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Wednesday. A forensic anthropologist will be testing them in the "next few days," he said.

A Richmond woman said she discovered the bones "weeks ago" near the spot where Laci Peterson's remains were found along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay, Richmond police Sgt. Enos Johnson said.

The woman apparently took the bones home and stored them in a plastic container until calling Modesto police Monday, Johnson said.

Modesto officers notified their Richmond counterparts, who sent an evidence technician to the woman's home Monday afternoon, Johnson said.

Police identified the woman as Lori Krestian. She could not be reached Wednesday.

Johnson and Lee both said they did not know what the bones looked like nor how many had been found.

Laci Peterson was almost eight months pregnant when she was reported missing Christmas Eve. Her body was badly decomposed when a passer-by found it in April at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. The body of her unborn son was found near the shoreline just over a mile away.

Scott Peterson has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and son. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Prevailing winds and tides in the bay regularly bring debris ashore at Point Isabel, a park popular with dog walkers, said Chief Norman Lapera of the East Bay Regional Parks Police. His department has jurisdiction over the park.

Bee staff writer John Coté can be reached at 578-2394 or

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