April 21, 2003 - Just after Laci & Conner were found
Laci Peterson's family held an emotional news conference
where they and onlookers broke down in tears
Laci's Mother's Speech

Words alone are not enough to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to
every person and entity that helped in our search for Laci and Conner. We are
very fortunate to live in a community that has come together and supported us from
the very beginning of our nightmare and continues to do so. We thank the media
for your help and support. Through you, we have been given the opportunity to
share our Laci and Conner with people all around the world.

We want to give thanks to all the law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and
coast guard involved in the
search for Laci, the Red Lion Hotel and Brad Saltzman
for donating the rooms for ourvolunteer center, the volunteers who donated their
personal time and spent many, many hours helping at the center, those who helped
with the search, the people who came to the center to pick up flyers to post in various
locations all over the state, the businesses that donated supplies and food, Jonathan
Smith who established and continues to oversee the Laci Peterson web site, the
thousands and thousands of people who posted their messages on the web site, and
to all of those who prayed for us and for the safe return of Laci and Conner.

We especially want to thank the Modesto Police Department, and everyone affiliated
with them. We cannot thank you enough for giving up your personal lives, for all the
long hours and days and weeksyou have spent searching for answers to Laciís
disappearance, for your kindness and patience with us, for your understanding of our
desperation to find Laci. We also want to thank your spouses, many of whom may
have spent the Christmas holidays without your husband or wife, because of their
dedication to their department and their tirelessefforts to find Laci and Conner. We
are grateful to you for sharing your loved ones with us during our time of need.

We want to thank Kim Petersen, and the entire staff of the Carole Sund/Carrington
Foundation. They have worked diligently to help us inform the public, both locally
and nationally, of Laciís disappearance in order to solicit their help in locating her.
Due to Kimís experience with situations such as ours, she is familiar with the ups
and downs, the highs and lows and the many different emotions we are experiencing.
She has made herself available to us and provided guidance and support to help us get
through some of our darkest hours. I consider her a very dear friend and offer my
sincere gratitude. I highly recommend the Carole Sund/Carrington Foundation to
anyone seeking help in finding missing loved ones

We are so grateful for the thoughtfulness and amazing generosity of all the donors
who donated to the reward and to the search fund established to help bring Laci home.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To our family and our friends and to all
of Laciís friends; you have been with us from the beginning of our long walk down
this devastating road. You offered yourselves to us, to lean on and to help carry the
weight of our burden. You have been here to support us, give us strength and to help
ease our pain. You gave up your own personal lives to be here with us because you
know we need you. Without your love and devotion, we would never be able to face
what lies ahead. We are eternally grateful to all of you and we thank you.

If Laci were here now she would be absolutely amazed at the outpouring of love and
concern for her and Conner. I know, in my heart, that she is fully aware
of the love we have for her.

On December 24, 2002 shortly after 5:15 PM I received a phone call and heard the devastating
words that would forever change my life ďLACIíS MISSINGĒ. I knew in my heart that something
terrible had happened to my daughter and my grandson. My world collapsed around me.
Since receiving that phone call we have been living a terrible nightmare.

The search for Laci began that night. The questions were always there, what has
happened to Laci, where is she, is she safe, who took her from me. I made a plea to
the person or persons who took her to please, please let her go and send her home
to us. We heard nothing. As the days passed I made more pleas, to take her to a
hospital, or fire or police station, or tell us where she is so that we could come to her
and bring her and her baby home safely. Still, we heard nothing.
We searched and searched and searched but still no Laci.

I love my daughter so much. I miss her every minute of every day. My heart aches for
her and Conner. Without them there is a huge void in my life. I literally get sick to
my stomach when I allow myself to think about what may have happened to them.
No parent should ever have to think about the way their child was murdered. In my
mind, I keep hearing Laci say to me ďMom, please, find me and Conner and bring us
home. Iím scared. Please, donít leave us out here all alone. I want to come home.
Please donít stop looking for usĒ.

I feel that Laci and Conner could no longer  wait to be found.
So, last week, they came to us.

Laci and Conner left us on Christmas Eve. I know that God has been watching
over them. He sent them back to us on Good Friday. Now,
we can bring them home where they belong.

Laci and her unborn child did not deserve to die. They certainly did not deserve to be
dumped in the bay and sent to a watery grave as though their lives were meaningless.
Laci meant the world to me. She was my only daughter. She was my best friend.
We miss her beautiful smile, her laughter, her love, her kind and loving ways.
I miss seeing her, talking to her and hugging her. We have been deprived of meeting
and knowing Laciís son, our grandson and nephew. We will miss them and mourn
them for the rest of our lives.

Soon after Laci went missing I made a promise to her, that if she has been harmed
we will seek justice for her and Conner and make sure that the person responsible
for their deaths will be punished. I can only hope that the sound of Laciís voice begging
for her life, begging for the life of her unborn child, is heard over and over and over
again in the mind of that person everyday for the rest of his life. The person responsible
should be held accountable and punished for the tragedy and
devastation forced upon so many.

Laci's father Dennis Rocha had trouble speaking through his sobs while her mother,
Sharon, described the pain of losing her daughter and unborn grandchild.

The mother of Laci Peterson, Sharon Rocha, vowed in her first public remarks since
the bodies
were found to seek justice for her daughter and the grandson she never knew.

Rocha's remarks came during an emotional news conference in which she
recalled the grief and terror of finding out that her daughter was missing.

Laci Peterson's family members declined to discuss Scott Peterson.
Justice can now be done. I am not going to say anything about Scott,"
'her father, Dennis Rocha, said. '
'This is not the way we wanted
to bring her home,
'' her stepfather Ron Grantski added.

From:  Maeven (IMMAEVEN)    Apr 22, 2003
She looks like an avenging angel to me. She is, first and foremost, Laci's MOTHER.
Her anger is righteous, and will burn in her for a long time. I can't imagine what this
must be like for her. And JACKIE has a bad headache and needs oxygen??
Seems to me if it was THAT bad, she'd be in bed at home,
instead of making mean-spirited remarks on national TV.