The Realtor who purchased the Modesto home that once belonged to Scott and Laci Peterson lost his job a week after announcing that he found a 10-inch knife behind the house, the Modesto Bee reported.

Gerry Roberts, a Prudential California real estate agent, bought the home at 523 Covena Ave. on July 1, the Bee reported. The house was listed for sale by Prudential in May.

Roberts wore a dark polo shirt emblazoned with Prudential’s logo when interviewed on camera last week about his discovery of the knife, the Bee reported. Craig Lewis, majority owner of Prudential California Realty, declined to comment on the separation with Roberts, the Bee said.

The knife originally was found by people who were moving furniture or cleaning the house when it was up for sale, according to Rick Applegate, a spokesman for the Modesto Police Department.

“We still don’t know who put the knife there originally. We know through our investigation that Gerry Roberts did not put it there,” said Applegate.

Applegate said the knife was sent to a crime laboratory for forensic analysis and results wouldn’t be available for months.

“There’s zero possibility that it’s the murder weapon,” Applegate told Inman News.

Scott Peterson, 32, was convicted in December of murdering his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son after a trial that stretched through most of last year.

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