Laci Peterson's house

Murder House in Modesto, California

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Laci Peterson's house

This is Laci Peterson's former house.

It is located at 523 Covena Avenue in Modesto, California.

The 27-year-old substitute teacher lived at this house with her husband, Scott Peterson, up until her sudden disappearance on December 24th, 2002.

Before Laci went missing, it seemed as though the couple were in a great place. They had purchased this house near East La Loma Park, Scott had launched a new fertilizer company, and Laci was pregnant with their firstborn child.

However, things weren't as rosy as they seemed, as the Petersons were experiencing financial difficulties. By the time 2002 rolled around, most of Scott's wages were going towards paying off the couple's mortgage, credit card debt, and insurance premiums. Furthermore, his company was racking up huge losses and struggling to stay afloat.

Money wasn't even the worst of their issues, as Scott was a pathological liar and a serial adulterer. While his wife was seven months pregnant, he started an affair with a massage therapist named Amber Frey.


On Christmas Eve in 2002, Scott called Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, and asked her if she had seen her daughter. During the call, he claimed that he had returned home from a fishing trip and found the house empty.

When the police were called to 523 Covena Avenue, they found Laci's wallet, keys, and purse inside the house. They also learned that the couple's dog had been roaming around the neighborhood all morning.

523 Covena Avenue
The parks around 523 Covena Avenue were all searched by the police and volunteers.

Scott told the police that his wife had been watching a cooking show when he left to go fishing. He also claimed that she was planning on walking the dog at a local park.

However, there was something off about Scott's behavior, as he was far too calm and collected for someone who had just lost the love of their life.

The detectives who were working on his wife's case noticed that he didn't seem interested in learning about the details of the investigation. Furthermore, he had been somewhat hesitant to talk to Laci's mother in person. When Rocha approached him during an initial search of a nearby park, he pretended not to hear her calling his name. He also leaned away from her when she tried to hug him at the couple's house.

Not long after, Scott's mistress saw the news coverage about Laci Peterson's disappearance. Frey was shocked to find out that Scott was "happily" married, as he had told her that he was a widower. Fearing that something abhorrent was afoot, she contacted the police and informed them about the situation.

Amber Frey press conference
The media portrayed Scott Peterson as a worried husband until Amber Frey held a press conference on January 24, 2003, and exposed their relationship.

Scott's affair, his financial issues, and his lack of interest in the investigation made him the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance.

Suspicions about his involvement were strengthened even further when the fertilizer salesman changed his story. Initially, he told the police that he had been playing golf. However, he later told investigators that he had spent the day fishing.

Discovery of Laci Peterson's remains

For the next few months, the police kept Scott Peterson under surveillance and wiretapped his phones. However, he was aware of their presence and even waved at the undercover units on a number of occasions.

Unfortunately, the authorities had no evidence of foul play, as searches of parks and a nearby creek had failed to turn up anything.

To many, it seemed as though he was going to get away with murder.

However, everything changed on April 13th, 2003, when two dog walkers happened across the remains of an unborn child in a marsh area near Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond—a multi-use park that sits on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay.

One day later, Laci Peterson's dismembered remains were discovered washed up on the shoreline, roughly one mile from the site where her baby's body had been found.

Laci Peterson body found location
Laci Peterson's body was found washed ashore off Isabel Street in Point Isabel Dog Park.

The area in question was just north of the Berkeley Marina, which Scott had visited on the day of his wife's disappearance.

Scott Peterson's arrest

After positively identifying the remains, the police decided that the time had finally come to arrest Scott Peterson on suspicion of murder.

On April 18th, 2003, officers detained him at a local golf course.

When the arrest was made, his car was packed with camping gear, cash, cellphones, and other items that someone would need to go on the run. He had also dyed his hair blonde.

Scott Peterson blonde hair
Peterson had grown a goatee and dyed his hair blonde.

In June 2004, Scott went on trial for the murder of his wife and unborn son. Five months later, he was found guilty and sentenced to death.

His death sentence was later commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a court determined that the original judge had unfairly excluded jurors due to their opposition to capital punishment.

Scott Peterson is currently incarcerated at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California.

His requests for a new trial have all been denied.

Laci Peterson house address

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


523 Covena Avenue, Modesto, California, CA 95354, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the house are:

37.646081, -120.972320


The house is 0.5 miles north of the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and Covena Avenue. It is within walking distance of East La Loma Park and Thousand Oaks Park.

Details about the general area

Modesto is a city in Stanislaus County, California. It lies to the south of Stockton.


Photos of the house and other related images.

Laci and Scott Peterson's house

Laci and Scott Peterson house

This Google Street View image of 523 Covena Avenue was taken in December 2016.

Laci and Scott Peterson purchased the three-bedroom property on October 4th, 2000, for $177,000.

It was last sold in April 2022 for $510,000.

The house was built in 1949. It is roughly 1,770 square feet in size.

523 Covena Avenue

523 Covena Avenue

The image above was captured in March 2009.


Scott Peterson

Scott and Laci Peterson met through a mutual friend in 1994.

At the time, Scott was working alongside one of Laci's neighbors at the Pacific Café in Morro Bay.

They started dating during the summer of 1994, after Laci gave him her phone number.

Their first date was a deep-sea fishing trip.

The couple were married on August 9th, 1997. The following year, they opened a burger restaurant called The Shack, which was situated on Foothill Boulevard in San Luis Obispo. However, they eventually sold the business and relocated to Modesto.

Not long after, the Petersons ran into financial difficulties. An auditor who testified at Scott's trial said that they had amassed more than $23,000 in credit card debt by the time Laci disappeared.

In today's money, that is roughly $40,000.

They were also struggling to pay the mortgage on their new home, as Scott's new fertilizer business was running at a loss.

Amber Frey

Amber Frey

Scott Peterson began an affair with Amber Frey in November 2002—just one month before he murdered his wife and unborn son.

Although he told Frey that he was a widower who had "lost" his wife, she realized that he had been lying after she saw the news coverage about Laci's disappearance.

After contacting the police and informing them about the situation, she agreed to record her phone conversations with Scott. She also later testified against him at his murder trial.



The bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn child were discovered on the shoreline in Richmond, California—more than 90 miles west of Modesto.

Scott initially told the police that he had spent the day golfing on December 24th, 2002. However, he later changed his story and said that he had been fishing.

Scott's decision to change his story was probably a preemptive measure. At the time, he was likely worried that investigators would uncover evidence that he had been at the Berkeley Marina.

Instead of waiting for them to catch him in a lie, he decided to "get out ahead of it" and tell them about his true whereabouts.

Peterson home

Laci Peterson house

Image source: Google Maps

The Google Street View image above was captured in December 2022—exactly twenty years after the murder.

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