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Has Stacy Peterson’s Body Been Found?

May 21, 2009

UPDATE

The coroner’s office says the remains found on the Des Plaines River were a rib cage, spinal column and partial left and right femur bones. Police found shreds of blue jeans containing a small amount of U.S. currency along with the body. DNA testing to reveal the identity will take at least two weeks.

Drew Peterson, as far as I am concerned, is guilty of murder.  Probably two of them.  And now perhaps the body of yet another of his dead wives will give more proof to the dark side of this former cop. 

An autopsy will be performed today on the badly decomposed human remains found by a cleanup crew working Wednesday afternoon on the Des Plaines River.

The key question: Is the body that of either the missing Stacy Peterson or Lisa Stebic? But authorities say there is no timetable for making a determination.

This morning, Illinois State police dive crews were in the river east of the spot where the remains were found. Other investigators were scouring the shore area for clues.

The remains–reportedly mainly bones–were found along the banks of the river near Channahon, just west of Interstate Highway 55, an area where searchers have looked for Peterson since she disappeared Oct. 28, 2007.

 

Speculation spread that the remains might also be those of Stebic, the Plainfield mother who disappeared in April 2007. Stacy Peterson’s family was alerted to the discovery by state police.

Authorities would not discuss the condition of the remains, whether they were male or female, or if clothing was found on the body. Officials said there is no timetable as to when they will be able to make a positive identification.

A plastic blue barrel was spotted in the vicinity of the body. Channahon resident Michelle Williams told WGN Radio host John Williams this morning that she and her husband saw the barrel in heavy brush on the riverbank on Sunday and she saw it again on Tuesday.

The round barrel, which she said was larger than a trash can, was on its side so they could not tell if its lid was on, Michelle Williams said in an interview with the Tribune.

Williams said the couple reported their discovery to police on Sunday, and spoke to one officer who came out to the scene. Other officers were in the area near the barrel a little later that evening, but she said she was uncertain if they were looking for it. But she and her daughter walked in the same area again on Tuesday and saw the barrel again.

Williams said she called state police after news of the body broke Wednesday, and spoke briefly with a sergeant involved in the investigation, who asked her to forward her account of seeing the barrel, and a cell phone photo they took of it Sunday.

The significance of a blue barrel is that Drew Peterson’s stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, has said that he helped Peterson remove a blue container from Peterson’s home on the day that Stacy disappeared, and that he believed Stacy’s body was inside it.

Peterson is now in jail on murder charges in the 2004 death of his previous wife, Kathleen Savio. The former Bolingbrook police sergeant has pleaded not guilty. He has not been charged in connection with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, but has denied any responsibility there, too.

Investigators from many agencies remained at the riverbank late Wednesday searching for evidence.

The crew found the body around 2:30 p.m. in brush on the river shoreline, said the manager of Mugzy’s Hideout, a bar in the Big Basin Marina.

“We’ve been called,” said Pam Bosco, a spokeswoman for Stacy Peterson’s family. “We’re in contact by phone. We’re just waiting to hear more information. For confirmation though, they said it’s going to be a little bit of time.”

Melanie Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Lisa Stebic’s family, said: “If it is [her], the overwhelming feeling would be relief that we found her and that there is resolution.”

Earlier in the day, the Will County state’s attorney announced the special grand jury investigating the Peterson and Stebic cases had not returned indictments related to their disappearances.

Attorney Joel Brodsky visited Peterson in jail Wednesday night and appeared unfazed by the speculation the body could be Stacy’s.

“I wish I had $10,000 for every time they pulled a body out of a river in the Chicago area,” Brodsky said. “People will assume what they want to assume.”

One Comment
  1. Amanda Grube permalink
    June 4, 2009 12:41 AM

    I don’t know how other people would view this situation but I can say without a doubt that that man is guilty. He is a murderer. Scary to say the least. He doesn’t deserve mercy, he deserves pain. It’s sad and I feel bad for saying it but it’s true, “for the ones who are willing to hurt us do not truly love us”.

    RIP Stacy Peterson

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