SCOTT RENTED MAILBOX THE DAY
BEFORE LACI DISAPPEARED

August 1, 2003

             
The Postal Service has turned over to prosecutors an application that
            Scott filled out in connection with his rental of a private mailbox on
          Dec. 23, 2002 according to a source familiar with the application.


The Postal Service application indicates that Peterson, 30,
rented the box at Mailboxes Etc., now called The UPS Store, in
The Shops at Lincoln Square shopping center near downtown Modesto.


Store manager Laura Rogers said federal law prevented her from confirming whether
Peterson had rented a box. Anyone who rents a private mailbox must complete a
Postal Service form authorizing the post office to deliver mail through a private agent.
Those forms are forwarded to the Postal Service, which keeps them on file in the event
that postal inspectors ask for them, Modesto Postmaster Don Reddig said.


Someone close to the Peterson family said Scott used the mailbox for correspondence
in connection with his work as a fertilizer salesman for
Tradecorp. But the source
who claims to have seen the application said it lists Peterson's name only and his
home address, 523 W. Covena Ave., Modesto, not a business name or address.


However, it was later discovered, that Scott had also filled out a second form
to have all his mail from his business address forwarded to the same P.O. Box.


The source said Peterson's private mailbox came to light Wednesday after
the Postal Service received a notice indicating that Peterson's six-month
contract on the private box had expired. A postal employee looked at the
application and saw that the box had been rented Dec. 23, 2002.


The Postal Service relayed that information to a postal inspector, who
instructed employees to contact prosecutors, the source said.


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