- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 (UPI) — A state crime lab Wednesday is analyzing tissue samples from the remains of a woman and male fetus found in San Francisco Bay.

The crime lab is comparing DNA from Peterson and her parents with tissue and bone taken from the decomposed bodies found this week in an effort to determine if they are related.

Authorities also want to know if the adult could be Laci Peterson, a pregnant woman who disappeared from Modesto on Christmas Eve. On Tuesday, investigators said identifying the remains could take days or even weeks.

Peterson, a 27-year-old substitute teacher, vanished from her home in Modesto, 90 miles southeast of Richmond. Peterson was due to give birth to a boy in February.

Her husband, Scott Peterson, said he saw her as he left to go fishing that morning in Berkeley.

Contra Costa sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said autopsies performed Monday did not reveal the cause of deaths.

Scott Peterson still has not been named as a suspect, nor has he been ruled out. Modesto police have seized his boat, truck and items from his house.

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