Laci Peterson Kin Feel 'Betrayed'

Jan. 23, 2003 -- The family of Laci Peterson said they felt "betrayed" by allegations the missing California woman's husband had been having an affair.

"I think our whole side of the family would like to talk to Scott at this point, to, you know, just ask a lot of questions," said the missing woman's cousin, Kathy Rocha. It was the first time a family member of Laci Peterson's has spoken publicly since reports of a possible affair surfaced.

"That's how our side of the family feels, you know, betrayed," Rocha said.

Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she disappeared from her Modesto home on Christmas Eve.

Lab technicians continue to comb through possible clues, and investigators say they have already tested 10 to 20 pieces of genetic evidence, including blood. But almost four weeks after the disappearance, there have been no reported breaks in the case.

Scott Peterson said he last saw his wife about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, when he left to go fishing at the Berkeley Marina. He said his wife told him she was taking the family dog, McKenzie, for a walk at a nearby park. McKenzie was later found in the back yard, trailing a muddy leash.

Police still have not identified a suspect or eliminated Laci's husband, Scott, from the investigation.

Rocha said the family was upset by allegations that Scott Peterson had been having an affair.

Last week, the 30-year-old specialty fertilizer salesman became the object of increasing scrutiny when his wife's family said police presented them with "very recent" photos of him and a girlfriend. The family members said they believed Scott Peterson had lied to them when he denied having an affair.

"We don't have good feelings right now. We're hoping that something can prove us wrong," Rocha said.

"The next couple of days we'll be talking to everybody," said Ron Grantski, the missing woman's stepfather.

Husband’s Relatives: Focus on Laci

Scott Peterson denied allegations of a girlfriend in an interview with San Francisco-Oakland television station KTVU. His relatives have spoken out, asking investigators and the public to focus on the search for the missing woman, instead of speculating about their relationship.

"We have no knowledge of [evidence of an affair]," said Scott Peterson's sister-in-law, Janey Peterson. "We haven't seen the pictures, and both our family and Laci's family have not wavered from our stance that Scott had nothing to do with Laci's disappearance. So we need to keep our focus on looking for her and bringing her home."

Scott Peterson echoed those comments in an interview with a television reporter last week.

"Make me the biggest villain in the world if you want to, as long as it keeps her photograph in the press," he said.

"The simple fact is … I really don't care what people think of me as long as it continues to keep Laci's picture, description, tip line in the media," he said.

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