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LAPD examining knife found on O.J. Simpson's former property

In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder for his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (Ethan Miller via AP, Pool) In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder for his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. (Ethan Miller via AP, Pool)
LOS ANGELES, CA (WWBT) -

The Los Angeles Police Department is examining a knife found at the former Simpson residence more than 20 years after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

The LAPD said at a news conference on Friday the knife was found on the property of the former Simpson home in the late 1990s, but wasn't turned over until the last month. A man who said he was a construction worker told an off-duty police officer he found the knife at the home, police said. The officer, who was working security for a movie shoot, kept it for years. Police say he may have believed the case was closed, though the murders remain unsolved and the case remains open.

The officer is now retired and cannot face any administrative action from the LAPD though he could face criminal charges. A forensic analysis, which includes DNA, blood and hair analysis is now being conducted on the knife. Even if it were to tie the murders to O.J. Simpson, he could not face charges in the homicides as he was already found not guilty at trial in 1995.

Police officials are still working to determine if the knife is, in fact, evidence in the case or whether there's any truth to the story. 

The Rockingham Avenue mansion was demolished in 1998, four years after the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. 

A Dateline special on the case will air on Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC12.

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