Peterson Investigators Ask Questions About Boat, Cement

The PIXPage Staff

There was a new focus in the Laci Peterson case Wednesday.

Investigators were studying material found in the boat Scott Peterson said he used the day his wife disappeared. They also showed the boat to the people who sold it to Peterson just a few weeks before Laci went missing.

Bruce and Christine Peterson, who are no relation to the Modesto Petersons, told police that a life preserver was missing, as well as some of the auxiliary wheels used to haul the boat in and out of the water. They also noticed something strange inside the boat, they said.

"It looked like cement residue," said Bruce Peterson. "The powdery stuff."

Modesto investigators have reportedly found cement mix at Scott and Laci Peterson's home, as well as their storage unit. Police have not named Scott Peterson as a suspect in the case.

In the meantime, Laci Peterson's family said they had lots of questions about the boat ever since Laci first disappeared.

"When I was told that he had gone fishing... there was a comment made about him launching a boat, and I asked, 'What boat?'" said Sharon Rocha, Laci's mother. "I wasn't aware he had a boat."

Laci Peterson has been missing since Christmas Eve. She was due to give birth to a son earlier this month.

"It's an absolute nightmare," said Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha. "Day to day, minute to minute, I don't know what frame of mind I'm going to be in. One minute I'm fine, and the next minute I'm not. I cry a lot. I cry a lot. I think about Laci every single moment of every single day... Every place I look and every time I turn around I see Laci. There's always something that reminds me of her."

Laci's sister Amy said, "I want my sister back. I can't imagine not having her with us."

Scott Peterson was out of town, and not available for comment Wednesday.

02-26-2003