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|THE GIRLFRIEND SPEAKS|
|Laci's Family Distance Themselves From Husband
As Woman Comes Forward To Confirm Affair
Laci Peterson has not been seen since
the morning of Christmas Eve.
Jan. 24, 2003 A woman came forward late Friday and confirmed that she had an
intimate romantic relationship with the husband of missing substitute teacher
Laci Peterson only hours after Laci's family held an emotional press conference,
stating they no longer support Scott.
Amber Frey, 28, said she was introduced to Scott Peterson in November and was told
he was single, information he confirmed with her that she now knows was false.
Members of Laci Peterson's family speak to reporters earlier this week.
"I was introduced to him. I was told he was unmarried," Frey nervously told a roomful
of reporters gathered at the Modesto Police Department. Frey said she came forward
because she was being repeatedly contacted by members of the press for
details about the extramarital relationship.
Modesto Police Det. Doug Ridenour said Frey has been eliminated as a suspect in the
disappearance of the pregnant woman, who was reported missing by her
husband on Christmas Eve.
"Scott told me he was not married," Frey said, choking back tears. "When I discovered he was
involved in the Laci Peterson disappearance case, I immediately called the
Modesto Police Department, she added.
The news conference quickly wrapped up after her brief comments
and investigators refused to discuss little else about the case.
Ridenour also refused to confirm nor deny any knowledge of the a $250,000 life
insurance Peterson may have taken out on his wife, as reported recently by The
Modesto Bee which quoted an unnamed family member.
Police called Frey's frank admission "courageous."
Frey is a single mother of a 23-month-old child, but neither she nor police would
divulge her hometown. Frey did not answer questions after she made her statements.
Laci Peterson's family members initially supported her husband, but last week they
began to distance themselves, saying police showed them pictures of him with another
woman they believe to be a girlfriend. That woman turned out to be Frey.
Scott Peterson, 30, was conspicuously absent from the news conference held by his
wife's family earlier in the day in Modesto. He had repeatedly denied involvement
with another woman. Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, begged for information
or for an anonymous tip to police that could lead to her daughter's return.
"There are no words that can possibly describe the ache in my heart or the emptiness
in my life," she said. "I know someone knows where Laci is. I am pleading with you
to please, please let her come home."
Laci Peterson's 21-year-old sister, Amy, managed only one sentence before breaking
into tears at the press conference. "This month has been the most painful I've ever
experienced," she said. The Rocha family thanked volunteers and investigators
searching for Laci Peterson who's been missing since the morning of
Christmas Eve. She's due to deliver a baby boy Feb. 10.
Her husband said he last saw her about 9:30 a.m. as he left to go fishing 85 miles
away at the Berkeley Marina. Repeated police searches of marina waters have
produced no sign of the missing woman, nor have police been able to find
witnesses who saw Scott Peterson at the marina.
Modesto Police have searched hundreds of square miles of Stanislaus County creeks,
rivers, irrigation canals and reservoirs, and expanded the search to neighboring
counties without success. Police told the Peterson family within a week of her
disappearance that they suspected foul play.
Police have not labeled Peterson a suspect but say they haven't ruled him out.
He has reportedly declined to take lie detector tests and has retained a
criminal defense attorney in Modesto.
The Petersons, married since 1997, met as fellow agricultural majors at California
Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. They ran a restaurant after they
graduated and moved to Modesto in 2000. Scott Peterson is a specialty fertilizer
salesman for Spain-based Tradecorp.
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