Divers search lakes for missing woman

archive_import /

By AMY LINDBLOM

and The Associated Press

Divers searched Lake Tulloch as well as other rural lakes Sunday morning for 27-year-old Laci Peterson of Modesto, missing since Christmas Eve.

Saturday, more than 40 investigators and 16 "cadaver dogs" searched rural areas and waterways in Tuolumne, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Merced and Mariposa counties, Modesto Police Sgt. Ron Cloward said.

Cadaver dogs are often used in searches because they can pick up scents even in the water, said Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department Lt. John Steely.

Steely declined to comment on whether the dogs picked up scents in Lake Tulloch, but said divers from Calaveras and Stanislaus County Sheriff's departments were in the water Sunday morning and did not find any bodies, Steely said.

Laci Peterson is 8 1/2 months pregnant. Her husband, Scott, told police he spent Christmas Eve day at Berkeley Marina, and when he returned, she was gone.

Dogs and divers also searched the Berkeley Marina, Cloward said.

There are no suspects in Laci Peterson's disappearance, police said, and investigators have been trying to corroborate Scott Peterson's whereabouts to clear him.

Scott Peterson said he last saw his wife about 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24. He told police she planned to take their dog, McKenzie, for a walk at nearby East La Loma Park.

Peterson said he left that morning to fish in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve, launching his small boat from the Berkeley Marina.

Cloward said police searched the shallow Berkeley Marina this weekend because the clear weather finally gave them the opportunity.

''We have to eliminate all these possibilities. And until I'm satisfied that we've eliminated the possibility that she's in a bay, a creek, a river or a lake, I'm not going to be satisfied,'' he said.

Cloward said the command post for the search would be moved Monday from a park near the Petersons' Modesto home to the police station.

The area near the house has been searched numerous times and ''we're at a point now where we've covered that area,'' Cloward said.

Police have received more than 1,100 tips through a hot line. A reward for Laci Peterson's safe return has grown to $500,000.

On the Net:

The Modesto Police Web site is: www.modestopolice.com .

11703712
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday May 25, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Homelessness, high school and the Butte Fire

05/20/2016

Cole Baisch arrived at Calaveras High School around lunchtime as the sky ... more

Gas station owners propose food court

05/19/2016

A Sonora couple is hoping the community will support their plans to ... more

High Sierra passes closed again

05/20/2016

Days after authorities opened Ebbetts Pass, Sonora Pass and Tioga Pass for ... more

Incoming message: Don’t text and drive

05/19/2016

A few minutes before 9 a.m., teachers at Sonora High School interrupted ... more