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CHICAGO POLICE CHECKING CLOTHES FOUND CLOSE TO SIMPSON'S HOTEL

Investigators are examining several pieces of clothing found a few blocks from the hotel where O.J. Simpson checked in just hours after the murders of his ex-wife and her friend.

A passer-by discovered the clothes Wednesday evening, an officer in the police crime laboratory who refused to give his name said Thursday.

"My personal opinion is that it's nothing to do with anything," said an officer in the Detective Division, who also declined to give his name. "The only interest in it was because of the vicinity where it was. Anywhere else, it would be garbage."

When asked if the clothing looked nine months old, the detective said, "Probably not."

The crime lab officer refused to describe the items or characterize the area where they were found.

But WLS-TV in Chicago said the find included black sweat pants and an Army field jacket.

Brian "Kato" Kaelin, Simpson's houseguest at the time of the murders, has testified Simpson was wearing a dark jogging suit the evening of the slayings.

"We have to wait and see what we have," Los Angeles Police Chief Willie Williams said Thursday.

Simpson took American Airlines Flight 668 from Los Angeles to Chicago at 11:45 p.m. on June 12, 1994, leaving only 90 minutes after the time prosectors say Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were fatally slashed. He returned to Los Angeles early the next morning. Police repeatedly searched his hotel room and the surrounding neighborhood. Other than saying they found no murder weapon, police have refused to discuss the searches.

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