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Missing Woman Case Now A Homicide

Modesto police say the case of missing pregnant woman Laci Peterson has become a homicide investigation.

For more than two months, police have treated PetersonĀ“s disappearance as a missing person case and they have not provided reasons for the change in classification. But a statement released Wednesday by the departmentĀ“s lead homicide investigator Craig Grogan says authorities have increasingly come to believe that Laci Peterson is the victim of a violent crime.

Grogan says that belief has prompted a new $50,000 reward for “information that leads to her location and recovery.” Previously, a $500,000 reward had been offered for information leading to her safe return. Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she vanished.