Search On For Cop's Wife, Officials Probe Death Of His Previous Wife

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Illinois state police are searching for the 23-year-old wife of a veteran Bolingbrook police sergeant Tuesday who was last seen over the weekend -- meanwhile officials are taking a deeper look into the death of ... via WBBM-AM Chicago

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Quite

Karlsruhe, Germany

#1686 Nov 24, 2007
Latest news:

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews...

Peterson kin: I didn't help move barrel
MISSING WIFE

November 24, 2007
By JOE HOSEY Staff Writer

BOLINGBROOK -- The tightlipped law has kept a lid on a neighbor's report of Drew Peterson allegedly loading a large barrel into the back of his Denali soon after his wife vanished, but the former cop's brother says he didn't lend a hand.

"I don't know anything about it," said Paul Peterson, the brother of recently retired police Sgt. Drew Peterson, when asked about reports of a neighbor telling police that Drew and another man hauled a mysterious blue barrel from his residence to his Denali.

A police source said the barrel was "big enough to put someone in."

Pressed about the barrel and whether he helped his brother carry it, Paul Peterson said, "No, no," and retreated to the Pheasant Chase Court home of Drew and missing wife Stacy Peterson.
'Potential homicide'
Stacy Peterson, 23, disappeared Oct. 28. Drew Peterson, her 53-year-old husband and the father of her two children, has repeatedly insisted she ran off with another man.

State police have shifted from calling the Stacy Peterson matter a missing persons case to a "potential homicide" investigation. They also have identified Drew Peterson, who made Stacy Peterson his fourth wife in October 2003, as a suspect in the case.

On top of this, state police have returned to scrutinizing the mysterious March 2004 bathtub death of wife No. 3, Kathleen Savio. A coroner's jury ruled Savio's death an accidental drowning at the time, but the attention drawn by the disappearance of her successor as maternal head of the Peterson household prompted investigators to turn a fresh eye to the case.

Savio's body was exhumed from its grave for additional autopsies, one of which, a private postmortem performed at the behest of her family, resulted in a conclusion of homicide. The results of the official autopsy have yet to be released.
Stacy sighting?
On Thursday, Drew Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky of Chicago, produced an anonymous letter he says he received a day earlier that describes a Stacy Peterson sighting at a Kroger supermarket in Peoria.

Pamela Bosco, the legal guardian of Stacy Peterson's sister, Cassandra Cales, said the missing woman's family did not put much stock in Brodsky's revelation.

"I find it very interesting that Mr. Peterson put any value on the letter, especially since his initial statement was that she took her passport, bikini and a large amount of money and went to the Bahamas," Bosco said.

Bosco also was skeptical of other details in the unsigned letter in Brodsky's possession, and said she doubted Stacy appeared pregnant, as had been reported.

"She had a very expensive tummy tuck," Bosco said. "She wasn't pregnant."

Brodsky failed to return calls for comment.

Bosco said the supposed Stacy sighting is far from the first the family has learned of.

"We get these all the time," she said. "These tips have to be checked out."
No comment
Charles Pelkie, the spokesman for the state's attorney's office, would not comment on the investigation of the barrel report from the neighbor. He referred questions about Brodsky's letter, which he had not seen, to state police.

A spokesman for the state police, Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez, would not discuss the letter or the barrel.
A little hope
Bosco said Stacy Peterson's family, who say they have been deprived of seeing her son and daughter, ages 4 and 2, are taking steps to secure visitation with the children.

"We are looking at all the avenues we can right now," she said.

Bosco was somewhat heartened by talk of the blue barrel reportedly carried off by Drew and the mystery man.

"We sure hope it leads to something," she said. "It's very interesting."

Contact Joe Hosey at jhosey@scn1.com
Quite

Karlsruhe, Germany

#1687 Nov 24, 2007
Latest news:

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews...

Part 1

Peterson kin: I didn't help move barrel
MISSING WIFE

November 24, 2007
By JOE HOSEY Staff Writer

BOLINGBROOK -- The tightlipped law has kept a lid on a neighbor's report of Drew Peterson allegedly loading a large barrel into the back of his Denali soon after his wife vanished, but the former cop's brother says he didn't lend a hand.

"I don't know anything about it," said Paul Peterson, the brother of recently retired police Sgt. Drew Peterson, when asked about reports of a neighbor telling police that Drew and another man hauled a mysterious blue barrel from his residence to his Denali.

A police source said the barrel was "big enough to put someone in."

Pressed about the barrel and whether he helped his brother carry it, Paul Peterson said, "No, no," and retreated to the Pheasant Chase Court home of Drew and missing wife Stacy Peterson.
'Potential homicide'
Stacy Peterson, 23, disappeared Oct. 28. Drew Peterson, her 53-year-old husband and the father of her two children, has repeatedly insisted she ran off with another man.

State police have shifted from calling the Stacy Peterson matter a missing persons case to a "potential homicide" investigation. They also have identified Drew Peterson, who made Stacy Peterson his fourth wife in October 2003, as a suspect in the case.

On top of this, state police have returned to scrutinizing the mysterious March 2004 bathtub death of wife No. 3, Kathleen Savio. A coroner's jury ruled Savio's death an accidental drowning at the time, but the attention drawn by the disappearance of her successor as maternal head of the Peterson household prompted investigators to turn a fresh eye to the case.
Quite

Karlsruhe, Germany

#1688 Nov 24, 2007
Part 2

Savio's body was exhumed from its grave for additional autopsies, one of which, a private postmortem performed at the behest of her family, resulted in a conclusion of homicide. The results of the official autopsy have yet to be released.
Stacy sighting?
On Thursday, Drew Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky of Chicago, produced an anonymous letter he says he received a day earlier that describes a Stacy Peterson sighting at a Kroger supermarket in Peoria.

Pamela Bosco, the legal guardian of Stacy Peterson's sister, Cassandra Cales, said the missing woman's family did not put much stock in Brodsky's revelation.

"I find it very interesting that Mr. Peterson put any value on the letter, especially since his initial statement was that she took her passport, bikini and a large amount of money and went to the Bahamas," Bosco said.

Bosco also was skeptical of other details in the unsigned letter in Brodsky's possession, and said she doubted Stacy appeared pregnant, as had been reported.

"She had a very expensive tummy tuck," Bosco said. "She wasn't pregnant."

Brodsky failed to return calls for comment.

Bosco said the supposed Stacy sighting is far from the first the family has learned of.

"We get these all the time," she said. "These tips have to be checked out."
No comment
Charles Pelkie, the spokesman for the state's attorney's office, would not comment on the investigation of the barrel report from the neighbor. He referred questions about Brodsky's letter, which he had not seen, to state police.

A spokesman for the state police, Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez, would not discuss the letter or the barrel.
A little hope
Bosco said Stacy Peterson's family, who say they have been deprived of seeing her son and daughter, ages 4 and 2, are taking steps to secure visitation with the children.

"We are looking at all the avenues we can right now," she said.

Bosco was somewhat heartened by talk of the blue barrel reportedly carried off by Drew and the mystery man.

"We sure hope it leads to something," she said. "It's very interesting."

Contact Joe Hosey at jhosey@scn1.com
Quite

Karlsruhe, Germany

#1690 Nov 24, 2007
Latest News:

Investigators seek FBI's help in Peterson case
Volunteers to restart the search Saturday

By Jo Napolitano and Matthew Walberg | Tribune staff reporters
November 24, 2007

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-...
Ollie

Philadelphia, PA

#1692 Nov 24, 2007
Quite wrote:
Latest News:
Investigators seek FBI's help in Peterson case
Volunteers to restart the search Saturday
By Jo Napolitano and Matthew Walberg | Tribune staff reporters
November 24, 2007
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-...
Yo Quite: Thanks for the WHOLE news article, complete with videos and photos! THANKS! Keep them coming!
Cheddie

Fond Du Lac, WI

#1693 Nov 24, 2007
I saw that, too. Thanks, Quite!:)

“Mankind, a work in progress”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#1694 Nov 24, 2007
OK,........Stacy left with a Passport, bikini, and a large amount of money..
Hmmm..Now we have an envelope arriving at Drew's house in the posession
of his Attorny, that eludes to a tummy "bump" and an unidentified man. I hope I got that right. Hmmmmmmm..If if were a Defence Attorney, this is just what I would want to get out to the Public......."Reasonable Doubt"..is what I think they call it. Hmmmm, I think I'll stick with my Water theory
but just maybe not with the "flying Lawnmower"...> Eyes Wide Open
Eskimo

Excelsior, MN

#1696 Nov 24, 2007
Les wrote:
<quoted text>
Matt,
That website is Microsoft Virtual Earth. It uses the same satellite imagery as Google Earth--nothing worth discussing, still couldn't see a barrel or garbage can in ANYONE's yard including Drew's.
I guess I give Drew a little more credit then anybody else here does. He was a cop for 30 years. He knows how important evidence and witnesses are. Yet people want to believe he would take a BLUE barrel that's been around forever, load it into his SUV in broad daylight with his wife's body in it, WITH the help of an accomplice. And nobody is going to see or notice anything to do with it. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense for someone with his background.
He had no choice but move the barrel with his pal. Because her relatives knowing he was abusive they would call her and know she dont answer the phone, then shes gone, sure he moved the barrel very fast. But I think her put in storage locker to decide later what to do, Scott Peterson failed in the water. and drew already had the 3rd in the water.
Quite

Karlsdorf-neuthard, Germany

#1697 Nov 24, 2007
Latest News:

State Police seek info on Peterson's vehicles

November 24, 2007
STNG Wire and Staff Reports

As the search for Stacy Peterson nears the one-month mark, Illinois State Police continue to ask for the publicís help Saturday, this time with any information regarding the Petersons' two vehicles.

State Police are enlisting the public for any information on either of the Petersons' vehicles that might have been seen between Sunday, Oct. 28 and Monday, Oct. 29, a release from ISP said.

The two vehicles are Drew Petersonís dark blue 2005 GMC Yukon Denali with a sticker on the back, and Stacy Petersonís purple 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, the release said.

Both vehicles have been seized by police.

Stacy Peterson, 23, the 5-2, 100-pound wife of 53-year-old Drew, vanished Oct. 28. She allegedly was on her way to help the boyfriend of her sister, Cassandra Cales, paint a house in Yorkville but never arrived.

A neighbor told police he spotted Drew Peterson and a mystery man loading a large blue barrel into the disgraced cop's GMC Denali hours after his young wife was last seen alive, sources said.

The identity of the man accompanying Peterson was not known, a pair of police sources said.

"That's who we're looking for," one of the sources said, describing the barrel as blue and large.

"It's between 35 and 55 gallons," he said. "Big enough to put someone in."

A police source said tests conducted on the Denali at the State Police laboratory have not been completed. But another source said police located pieces of blue plastic on the back end of the Denali.

In recent weeks, Drew Peterson, his brother, Paul Peterson, and his son, Oak Brook Police Officer Steve Peterson, all have been called to testify before a grand jury. A police source would not say if either Drew Peterson's brother or son has an alibi for the night following the last sighting of Stacy Peterson.

While everyone might be a suspect, State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich made a point of identifying Drew Peterson as one by name. Dobrich also classified the investigation of Stacy Peterson's disappearance as a "potential homicide."

For his part, Drew Peterson has repeatedly insisted Stacy ran off with another man.

A man from Stacy's past whom she had recently reached out to, 35-year-old Scott Rossetto of Shorewood, admitted that he and the missing woman traded sexually charged text messages for the three weeks leading up to her disappearance.

Rossetto denies having carried on an affair with Stacy Peterson, but did say he met her at a Bolingbrook Denny's restaurant nine days before she vanished. An uninvited Drew Peterson interrupted the rendezvous, Rossetto said.

A police source says they have "good information" Stacy was dumped in the Shorewood area near the home of Rossetto. Another source said investigators believe the killer may have attempted to frame Rossetto by depositing the body near his house.

Master Sgt. Luis Gutierrez of the State Police would not comment on the investigation and Shorewood searches.

Anyone with information on either of the two vehicles, or Stacy Peterson is encouraged to call ISP's Stacy Peterson tip line.
rae

AOL

#1698 Nov 25, 2007
I saw his friend on tv saying he called DP about noon on Thanksgiving and DP said he had went to him mailbox at about 1030 or so the night before and told him to wait he would go get the letter and read it to him. WHAT is wrong with this picture? Could that not sound any more contrived?? His friend is as dumb as he is or he was the one helping.....

“Mankind, a work in progress”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#1699 Nov 25, 2007
rae wrote:
I saw his friend on tv saying he called DP about noon on Thanksgiving and DP said he had went to him mailbox at about 1030 or so the night before and told him to wait he would go get the letter and read it to him. WHAT is wrong with this picture? Could that not sound any more contrived?? His friend is as dumb as he is or he was the one helping.....
I agree with you. I think the letter is a pathetic try on Drews Part to divert attention of the Searches in progress. Also, I heard Drew was also
a licensed Police Diver. Well the large envelope may play in Peoria, but it won't play in Bollingbrook or anywhere else Drew! I also don't think his Attorney minded one bit...about a story like that. Hmmmm EWO
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#1700 Nov 25, 2007
AVALON EWO wrote:
<quoted text> I agree with you. I think the letter is a pathetic try on Drews Part to divert attention of the Searches in progress. Also, I heard Drew was also
a licensed Police Diver. Well the large envelope may play in Peoria, but it won't play in Bollingbrook or anywhere else Drew! I also don't think his Attorney minded one bit...about a story like that. Hmmmm EWO
I don't think that the letter is a diversionary tactic, nor do I think that Drew thinks that we are "ALL" that dumb to believe that the letter is by someone other than himself. My feeling is that he put it out there so that when they try to convict him (without a body, since he knows no one is going to find one) that there will be enough reasonable doubt for at least "one" juror to not be able to convict because of that letter.

IMO
Quite

Karlsdorf-neuthard, Germany

#1701 Nov 25, 2007
Latest News:

Peterson ex-wife reburied

FAMILY PAYS THEIR RESPECT

November 25, 2007
sun-times news group

Part 1

HILLSIDE -- Henry Savio dropped a red rose on his daughter's white casket during an emotional funeral service this week as Kathleen Savio was returned to her grave.
Other family members and friends somberly followed suit, adding roses wreathed with baby's breath to the new casket that was reburied Monday at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
The private service attended by about 30 relatives and close friends came six days after Savio's body was exhumed as part of a new investigation into her mysterious 2004 death.
Case reopened
The 40-year-old Savio was found dead in a bathtub of the Bolingbrook home she had shared with her former husband, ex-cop Drew Peterson.
Peterson is a suspect in the Oct. 28 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy. As part of that probe, authorities have reopened their investigation into Savio's drowning death, which originally was declared an accident. Savio, Peterson's third wife, died a few months after the couple had divorced -- though they hadn't reached a financial settlement.
Relatives suspect murder
Savio's relatives said they hope the exhumation will allow authorities to prove what family members have long suspected -- that she was murdered -- and to build a case against her killer.
"Maybe now justice will be served," her stepmother, Marcia Savio, said when she was contacted Friday.
The years that have passed since Savio's death haven't eased relatives' pain -- going through a second burial service only made the anguish sharper, she said.
"It's heartbreaking. I hope to God no one in their lifetime ever has to see this happen to anybody," Marcia Savio said.
Quite

Karlsdorf-neuthard, Germany

#1702 Nov 25, 2007
Part 2

Family pays their respect
Below are some of the remembrances offered by family members during the 45-minute service:
Savio's sister Susan Savio was too upset to speak, so her son Michael Lysak read her final message during the graveside service:
"You finally told me what happened to you. Now you're in heaven with mom and granny. Justice will be served. I promise you I'll speak your words. I love you."
He read on:
"We would like you to know this is a ceremony of goodbye, to lay to eternal rest, Kathleen 'Kitty' Savio. She endured much in her short time on Earth. She was a beautiful person and many love her. She made many happy, she left many footprints on so many hearts. She will be remembered, and how remarkable is she? She, even after death, helped to solve her death. She was and always will be a strong, remarkable young woman ≠-- a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend to many. As long as she is in our hearts, she will always be near. We will all love you so much, Kitty. Farewell, travel on and be happy. Peace be with you, Godspeed, God rest your soul. Goodbye, baby sister, goodbye big sister."
Marcia Savio offered another farewell:
"Kathleen, Kitty, was laid to rest today to be in eternal rest in peace. She had to go through much, but this is her final journey. She is just going home. She is loved, she'll be missed. We will miss her radiant smile and laugh.
"We, the Savio family, want you to know her father was able to get Kitty one lasting, final gift. From dad to Kitty-Pop (a family nickname given by her dad) a new casket. Kathy would laugh and smile to know it wasn't cheap.
"We needed to accomplish this for Kathleen Kitty on a very limited time frame. Northlake Funeral Home and their crew, Joe and Ruben, were absolutely great, championing behind the family and making a huge effort of getting a casket on time in white, a color she said she wanted, telling that to her sister Susan before.
"Thank you Jackie and Judy, also a great deal of gratitude to the Wilbert Vault Co. for their swift speed for Kathleen.
"Thank you, Greg, this kind act has restored faith in the hearts of some of the family members to know there are still people who respect and care about Kathleen.
"Father Chris was here before and he is here now for her and her goodbyes to us, and ours to her. He is so gracious to be here for Kathleen today, to honor her and send her on a journey. Thank you for giving Kathleen her dignity and respect on this day."
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#1703 Nov 25, 2007
Also, does anyone know what these blue barrels are made of and/or are they lined? What if a body was placed in the barrel filled with a substance (such as bleach or acid) that would dissolve away the flesh, organs, etc., leaving someone with a smaller task of only having to dispose of the bones. Maybe the blue barrel was "empty" when it left the home, however, maybe it has residue of some sort of residue from one of these flesh eating chemicals that he wouldn't be able to explain away.
yea right

United States

#1704 Nov 25, 2007
Does anyone know Stacy's birthday date and year and Drewpie's birthday date and year?
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#1705 Nov 25, 2007
yea right wrote:
Does anyone know Stacy's birthday date and year and Drewpie's birthday date and year?
Why, you got some extra room on the ole' gift list this year? LOL.
Quite

Karlsdorf-neuthard, Germany

#1706 Nov 25, 2007
Plainfield Mom wrote:
Also, does anyone know what these blue barrels are made of and/or are they lined?
Hi PM,
In the article, the ISP say plastic?
First I read it as plastic when Matt mentioned it and later I read that also ISP is talking about plastic.
Also the fragments, found in the car ...
What do you mean by lined ... colors or do you mean the way that they are closed?
I am for example interested if the upperside is white like the one found?
Quite

Karlsdorf-neuthard, Germany

#1707 Nov 25, 2007
Latest News Chicago Tribune:

Search for missing woman resumes, hampered by cold

Tribune staff report
November 25, 2007

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-...
yea right

United States

#1708 Nov 25, 2007
Plainfield Mom wrote:
<quoted text>
Why, you got some extra room on the ole' gift list this year? LOL.
uhhhh NO. Theres a reason Im asking and I cant say why, but lets just say, it may help to find her. K?

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