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Woman Admits Affair With Laci Peterson’s Husband

Times Staff Writer

A 28-year-old woman came forward Friday to confirm that she had a romantic relationship with the husband of Laci Peterson, the pregnant Modesto woman who disappeared a month ago.

Amber Frey, a single mother, told reporters gathered at the Modesto Police Department that she met Scott Peterson, 30, at a Nov. 20 party in Fresno.

“I was introduced to him. I was told he was unmarried,” Frey said. “Scott told me he was not married.”

Fighting tears, Frey said that when she “discovered he was involved in the Laci Peterson disappearance case, I immediately called the Modesto Police Department.”

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Det. Doug Ridenour said Frey contacted police on Dec. 30 and “has been cooperative in the investigation.” She has been eliminated as a suspect, he said.

Frey said she held the news conference because reporters have harassed her. She asked them to respect her privacy and left without answering questions.

“I am very sorry for Laci’s family and the pain this has caused them,” she said, “and I pray for her safe return as well.”

A few hours earlier Friday, the family of Laci Peterson, 27, held their own news conference to say they no longer support Scott.

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Brent Rocha, Laci’s brother, said that in a phone conversation Jan. 16, Scott Peterson confessed the rumored affair to him.

“Scott has not been forthcoming with information regarding my sister’s disappearance, and I am only left to question what else he may be hiding,” said Rocha, 31, of Sacramento.

“Since Scott is no longer communicating with anyone in Laci’s family and because we have so many questions that he has not answered, I am no longer supporting him.”

Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson’s mother, wept and begged for information that could lead to her daughter.

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“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.”

Neither Scott Peterson nor his attorney could be reached for comment. But his sister-in-law, Janey Peterson, defended him during a series of evening calls to national television networks.

“There is absolutely no way Scott had anything to do with Laci’s disappearance,” she told CNN. Janey Peterson said she was unaware of any affair, “and frankly, it wouldn’t matter. It’s a distraction from what our primary focus needs to be, and that’s to bring Laci home.”

Laci Peterson’s family had initially supported her husband. But last week, they began to distance themselves after they said police showed them pictures of him with another woman.

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Peterson, who was due to deliver a baby boy on Feb. 10, disappeared on Christmas Eve day. Her husband told police that he was fishing in the Berkeley Marina, 85 miles away, that day. He reported her missing that night. Her purse was in the house, and the couple’s golden retriever was found wandering.

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 there.

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 have not labeled Peterson a suspect, but say they haven’t ruled him out.

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Associated Press contributed to this report.


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