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Search For Stacy Peterson Day 3: FBI & ISP & A Dog

The FBI and the Illinois State Police spent a third straight day looking for Stacy Peterson in Shorewood's Hammel Woods Wednesday.

 

From Shorewood Patch:

The search for Stacy Peterson in Shorewood's Hammel Woods entered its third day as federal agents and state troopers used a dog to hunt for the missing mother.

The springer spaniel led a group of a half dozen FBI agents and state troopers—some armed with shovels—through the Shorewood park. The search party headed in the direction of the Hammel Woods dog park off Black Road.

A state police source said on Monday the search effort was nothing more than a routine operation. The agency conducts such searches periodically, the source said, and there was no tip or clue that prompted this week's endeavor.

But when FBI agents and troopers returned for a second day Tuesday, and then once again today, some close to the case were wondering if state investigators were up to more than they were letting on.

The state police had already lied to Will County Forest Preserve representatives, telling them on Monday that they were only at Hammel Woods to "practice" doing their jobs, two forest preserve officials said. One said the state police later admitted they were actually there to look for Stacy Peterson.

State police spokeswoman Monique Bond pointed out there was some truth to the lie, as troopers were also practicing undisclosed search techniques while conducting an honest-to-goodness search at Hammel Woods.

"We're using it for training purposes as well," Bond said.

Stacy was 23 when she vanished in October 2007. State police Capt. Carl Dobrich quickly announced he believed Stacy was the victim of a "potential homicide" and named her husband, former Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson, as the sole suspect in the criminal investigation.

More than five years later, the state police have yet to charge Peterson with harming Stacy, who is Peterson's fourth wife. The state police did arrest Peterson in May 2009 on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and Peterson was found guilty of murder in September.

Savio was found drowned in her dry bathtub in March 2004. She and Peterson were in the midst of a tumultuous, violent divorce at the time of her death, but state police investigators immediately decided she was the victim of a freak bathtub accident and closed the book on her case. The state police were forced to re-evaluate that decision after Stacy mysteriously vanished more than three years later.

Peterson has claimed since his wife disappeared that she ran off with another man but has been unable to identify her mystery lover. Peterson also does not know where his wife went, although he said he suspects she took off on a Caribbean vacation.

Officials have said they pinpointed cell phone activity from Stacy's number in the Shorewood area around the time she disappeared, and Peterson's stepbrother, Thomas Morphey, has said Peterson enlisted him in an effort to frame former Shorewood resident Scott Rossetto for her murder.

Peterson believed Stacy and Rossetto were carrying on romantically behind his back, Morphey and other sources have said.

During a January 2010 pretrial hearing, Rossetto testified that Stacy visited him just days before she disappeared. He also said Stacy tried to kiss him and then asked him if he could “could keep a secret.”

“The night Kathleen Savio died, he came home very, very late at night,” Rossetto said Stacy told him.

“He was dressed in black,” Rossetto said. “He said, ‘If anybody asks, I was at home.’”

One of Peterson's defense attorneys, Joseph "Shark" Lopez, was dubious of the FBI and state police operation.

"They couldn't find Hambone Albergo, I doubt they'll find her," Lopez said, referring to the Chicago mobster FBI agents dug up a U.S. Cellular Field parking lot to look for but failed to find.

"Even if she was there, they wouldn't find her," Lopez said.

Told that the law had set a dog loose to look for Stacy, Lopez said, "They must be having a good time," and added, "We'll see if they come up with a pork chop or something."

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ryan o November 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Last year I was fishing in the river near the woods and my line got snagged. When I pulled it loose I pulled up a glob of what looked to be long human hair. I called the police and they came out to see and did nothing but put it in a bag and left. Now a year later they are looking for a body a few hundred feet from where I was at. I hope they remember what I found.
Stephanie Price (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM
You were down in that forest preserve?
ryan o November 08, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I live on the south west side of rt59 & Jefferson you can see the dam from where I fish at, it's no more than a few hundred feet away.
Stephanie Price (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Oh. Interesting.
Deb November 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
So get on the phone and remind them of your findings if that's the case! She needs to be found.
ryan o November 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Already did
lorna fitzhenry November 09, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I would find out who the fbi agents are handling the case. The departments already been known for cover up

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