The folding buck knife was found by a construction worker, although the date on which he found it is unclear, sources told TMZ.
The worker took the knife to the street and gave it to a LAPD officer.
But the officer, who was off-duty, took the knife home and kept it. The existence of the knife emerged after the officer retired and contacted a friend still working for the department, asking for the department record number for the murder case, because he wanted to frame the knife and include the number in the frame.
“We’re told the friend was indignant, and told his superiors. The brass was outraged and demanded that the retired cop turn the knife over, which he did. Our sources say the knife is currently being tested for hair and fingerprints. It will be moved to the Serology Unit next week, where it will be tested for DNA and other biological evidence,” the blog reported.
“One source familiar with the investigation tells us, cops who eyeballed the knife think it could have blood residue on it, but it’s hard to know without testing because it’s extremely rusted and stained.”
A law enforcement source confirmed the knife’s existence to the Los Angeles Times, and said that the department is indeed investigating it. A series of forensic tests have been ordered.
The knife that was used in the stabbings of Simpson and Goldman has never been found.