Drew Peterson

Authorities conclude week-long search for missing Stacy Peterson’s body in forest preserve

The FBI and Illinois State Police concluded a week long search Friday through Hammel Woods forest preserve in Will County Monday afternoon, in what is believed to be a search for the missing Stacy Peterson.

Authorities would not confirm what they were looking for, but according to a state police source, the operation was part of the search effort for the missing mother. State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said only that officials were “taking advantage of the law enforcement resources for training purposes.” There has been no indication of any new information in the case.

Stacy Peterson, 23-years-old at the time of her disappearance in October 2007, is the fourth wife of vilified Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, 58. After she vanished police named her husband as the sole suspect and reexamined the death of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose drowning death in her bathtub in March 2004 had originally been believed to be accidental. Police subsequently filed criminal charges against Peterson for the death of Savio.

Peterson was convicted in September of murder and is currently awaiting sentencing.

The comprehensive search effort included at least one helicopter, boats and several highly trained cadaver dogs. The search drew the attention of Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, who arrived at the 400-acre forest preserve near Shorewood after Monday’s search was completed but said that she had not been contacted by police.

Stacy Peterson’s body has yet to be found, but the search continues. According to officials, they had evidence of cell phone activity from Stacy’s phone near the Hammel Woods preserve around the time she disappeared. Both State Police and the FBI did confirm that the search was part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The search began Monday and reportedly did not end until the officers had searched the entire preserve.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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