Laci and Scott Peterson seemed like a picture-perfect couple. In 2003, the Modesto, California couple became household names when the pregnant 27-year-old disappeared. Her body was found washed up on the beach. Scott became a suspect and was eventually convicted of first-and second-degree murders of his wife and unborn son.
But who were Laci and Scott before the crime? As In Touch Weekly shares, the two met as college students while they were attending California Polytechnic State University. She as an ornamental horticulture major and he was studying agricultural business. They initially met at a party but ended up bumping into each other at Pacific Café in Morro Bay, a restaurant where Scott was working. It was Laci who made the first romantic move by giving him her phone number. He then called to ask her out.
The first few dates didn't go all that great. She was interested in many of his hobbies, like golf, and even got seasick when he took her on their first date deep-sea fishing. But things progressed. Sharon Rocha, Laci's mom, says her daughter excitedly called her, saying, “Mother, I have met the man I am going to marry. You've just got to get down here and meet him.” Two years later, he proposed. The two tied the knot on Aug. 9, 1997 at a hot springs.
Relatives remember a loving union. Ed Caudillo, Scott’s brother-in-law, said, “I vividly remember Scott carrying Laci up to their room at the end of the wedding. He’s shouting and happy, and she’s laughing, and we’re all worried he’s going to drop her. But Scott had her safe in his arms.”
They went to Tahiti for their honeymoon and returned to San Luis Obispo to open up a burger restaurant called The Shack. The relationship continued and Rocha says, "They were a happy couple. There wasn’t any reason to suspect any problems."
On Christmas Eve 2002, everything changed. The Petersons' dog was found running loose in their neighborhood and Laci’s was nowhere to be found. Four months later, the now-pregnant Laci and the body of their unborn son, Conner, were discovered in San Francisco Bay.
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