On April 13, 2003, a little less than four months after Laci disappeared, the remains of a male fetus with the umbilical cord still attached washed up on the east bank of San Francisco Bay in Richmond. The next day, a piece of a woman’s torso was found trapped under a rock at Point Isabel about a mile south. Point Isabel is about two miles north of the Berkeley Marina, where Scott said he went fishing on the morning of December 24, 2002.

April 18, the same day, then California Attorney General Bill Lockyer Scott confirmed the remains belonged to Laci and Conner Peterson. He was arrested outside the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California, nearly 500 miles away. When the authorities caught up with him, he was a goatee, his hair was dyed blonde, and in his vehicle he had camping gear, a driver’s license issued to his brother, four cell phones, nearly $ 15,000 in cash, and 12 Viagra pills (all of this minus the pills , became evidence at the trial).

“He was just as calm as he always was after they handcuffed him,” Bühler told people about Peterson’s arrest in 2005. “When we took him back to the offices and he had his pool dyed hair or whatever he said, we sat him down. He wasn’t angry. He didn’t ask a whole bunch of questions. The only thing he said was : “Is that my wife and son?” At that point it was something like, “Come on, Scott.” So I said, “You know the answer to that question.” Then he got a fake cold. “

detective Al BrocchinoAlso remembering the street that led to Scott’s arrest, he told People, “I had a gut feeling [from the beginning]and the cops out there had gut feelings. He went fishing 90 miles from home with a woman 8 1/2 months pregnant on Christmas Eve. When we questioned him a few hours after his arrival, he didn’t know what he was fishing for or what kind of bait he was using. They were red flags. “