Now-retired officer reportedly given knife in '90s
Los Angeles police said Friday they are examining what's been described as a knife
reportedly found at the estate that once belonged to the former football great who became a movie star.
"The actual item is described as a knife. I'm not going to go into the description of the knife because
that could be germane to determining whether or not this actual piece of evidence is in fact evidence
or is just a facsimile or a made up story," Los Angeles police Capt. Andy Neiman said.
Police learned within the last month that an ex-Los Angeles traffic officer received the item from a
construction worker who found it "back in the 90s," possibly when the estate was being demolished, Neiman said.
It is being examined for forensics -- including DNA and hairs -- at a lab, he said.
The now-retired officer who had the knife "held onto it until just recently," and authorities
"discovered he had it" within the last month, Neiman said.
The construction worker told the officer he had found the knife on the former Simpson property,
according to Neiman.
Neiman said he is not sure whether the officer had left the force at the time.
He was then working off duty on a "movie" job, according to Neiman.
The officer retired in the late 1990s, he said.
Whoever found the object should contact police, Neiman told reporters.
Neiman said he didn't know why the ex-officer waited so long to turn it over to police.
"I don't know what the circumstances are, why that didn't happen or if that's entirely accurate or
if this whole story is possibly bogus from the get-go," he said.
The officer possibly held onto it in the mistaken belief that the case was closed, Neiman said.
CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos said a knife could be tested for hair or blood but, with the
passing of time, "it's going to be a difficult test because this stuff is probably degraded significantly
by being buried in the soil."