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Stacy Peterson Vanished 4 Years Ago — Police Probe 'Very Active'

There's been no sign of Stacy Peterson since she vanished four years ago today, but her family believes the police are still working hard to find her, and the husband they suspect harmed her remains in jail on a murder charge.

On Oct. 18, Stacy and Drew Peterson would have been able to celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary together, maybe slipping off on a romantic Caribbean getaway as they had in the past.

Only Drew Peterson has been locked up since 2009 on charges he murdered the woman he left for Stacy. And the last anyone saw of Stacy was exactly four years ago today.

That’s because she took off on a tropical trip of her own with some other guy, never to be seen again. At least that’s the way Drew Peterson told it. Not that anyone — particularly the police — seemed to buy his story.

Instead, within weeks of Stacy’s disappearance, Illinois State Police Capt. Carl Dobrich declared that the missing mother was the victim of a “potential homicide” and that Drew Peterson was the sole suspect in a massive criminal investigation.

But four years later, Stacy remains missing and Drew Peterson, though jailed on charges he murdered his previous wife, Kathleen Savio, faces no charges in connection with harming Stacy.

The state police did not respond to a request for an update on the case, but Pam Bosco, a friend of Stacy’s family and their spokeswoman, said the family is in regular contact with investigators.

“We have our meetings with the Illinois State Police,” Bosco said. “They’re very active and sincere in this being an active investigation.”

Early romance

Stacy was only 17 when she and Peterson started sleeping together — occasionally in the basement of his Bolingbrook home while Savio, who was his third wife, and their children slept upstairs.

Stacy gave birth to their first child together in July 2003 while Peterson was still married to Savio. The courts granted them a peculiar “bifurcated divorce” which cleared the way for Peterson to marry Stacy but still allowed him and Savio to continue their bitter struggle over property and money.

That struggle looked to be wrapping up with Savio coming out way ahead of Peterson when she mysteriously turned up drowned in her dry bathtub in March 2004. Mysterious to some, but apparently not the state police.

Accidental death

Since Drew Peterson was a Bolingbrook cop, and Savio died in his jurisdiction, the state police took over the investigation. The state police quickly determined Savio perished in a freak bathtub accident and effectively closed the case.

Drew and Stacy — who provided her husband with the alibi that he was with her and could not have killed anybody — went on to have another child and live in suburban anonymity in their home on a cul-de-sac less than a mile from the bathroom where Savio died.

But after Stacy vanished, the state police suddenly developed an interest in Savio’s death. Her body was exhumed from its grave and new autopsies were performed. Then, a year and a half after Stacy supposedly abandoned her two children and the two Savio bore whom she adopted, the state police arrested Peterson in connection Savio’s death.

Peterson’s trial was supposed to start in July 2010 but was postponed due to a last minute prosecution appeal of which hearsay statements can be used as evidence. Peterson’s self-proclaimed lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, has repeatedly failed to get the accused wife-killer released while the appeals are sorted out. Another of Peterson’s attorneys, Joseph “Shark” Lopez, said it is impossible to tell when — or if — Peterson will go to trial.

“We’re all waiting for the (Illinois) Supreme Court to say something, yay or nay,” Lopez said. “When the Supreme Court’s ready to decide, they’re going to decide.”

When told that today was the fourth anniversary of Stacy disappearing, he asked, “Are you buying the cake?”

“Where he needs to be”

Bosco said Stacy’s family does not derive any satisfaction from the thought of Peterson languishing in jail, but are glad he’s there.

“I think that’s where he has to be for safety. We all feel safer,” she said.

“That’s where he needs to be until this goes to trial,” Bosco said. “It’s just a very logical decision. One (wife’s) dead, one’s missing, supposedly dead.”

And while Stacy’s family lives with the uncertainty of whether she ever will be found, they wait to see what happens with the case of the wife before her.

“The two of them are tied so closely together,” Bosco said of Stacy and Savio. “We’d be happy if the Kathleen case goes ahead like it should.”

Whitney February 18, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Drew Peterson killed Stacy and his wife before. I just want them to find her body. So she and her family can have justice. He is a sick man and needs to die. Stupid ass. I mean why would u Want to kill someone and spend the rest of your life locked up. O well he is going to rot in hell. Stacy and his 3 wife are in my heart.
charlies angel February 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM
First of all drew is a cop. They do know the ins and outs. What happened when this first wrnt down. Some friend was staying at dress house for a few days. On Greta van susteren he said he saw a blood stain on the bed. Drew said Stacy had her period. I cant remember his name. He was a big mouth and then got scared of drew. I wish Greta would run all those episodes from beginning. Maybe it would give some clues that were missed.
Joseph Hosey (Editor) February 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
The guy staying with Drew was Ric Mims.
verenda gallon February 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM
He is a dam monster n I'm looking at the movie now on lmn sick DOG
Lynsey Malone Englutt February 27, 2012 at 05:41 AM
what happened to the children ? also does he have other children?
ashley bojorquez March 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Did you guys watch the movie come on DREW PETERSON killed his wife kathleen savio and he didn't even admitted it even though he is a cop
Toni March 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I am no fan of his and I believe he is guilty. I believe that Stacey is gone. No hides this long unless there was major abuse and no one has come forward to say anything like this. I do have a problem with the case taking this long and keeping him in prison. I thought we were all given the right to a speedy trial. If they do not have enough evidence to convict by now, I don't think they ever will.
justice April 09, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I don't know what some of you people are thinking Scott Peterson is guilty of all chargers. He didn't even try to find his wife and thought everything was a joke, even started dating and got engage. He showed no sign of pain our remorse,wake up people. He sat there and accused her of sleeping with other guys running of with some other guy, reason why be cause he was so insecure in him self and tried to make his wife look bad. He is a freaking psychopath who prays on younger girls looking for a father figure and he used it to his advantage. Couldn't stand when a woman wanted to leave him, cause he was big Daddy. Yeah right old ass Daddy, the guy is guilty of all chargers and be needs to stay in jail and rot!!!!
cutie pie April 09, 2012 at 04:58 AM
He should rot in jail. He is crazy and I am sure he killed both wives. There is only one reason to use a barrel and thats when u are going to dump it in water. When a time line can be detemined for the day stacy disappeared they can determine where the barrel is.
Marlon jackson April 09, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I think drew did what ever it took. Hes innocent in my book.stacy is alive but in hideing till drew gets out of jail. Call me nuts but this is my story.
jen April 09, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Why would she be in hiding?????????? I do not believe Stacey is in hiding what so ever!!!! GOD rest her soul and I pray to GOD that she is found!!!! Drew Peterson is a very SICK man! I have met him first hand and he is a scum bag pervert!!!!!!!! He acts like he is a celebrity!!!! The people that feed into him and his lies are just as SICK as he!!! I do not believe Stacey would ever leave her children!!!!! Obviously he has issues if he can not hold on to a marriage and all of his wife leave him and the Kathleen and Stacey tried to leave him. He could not take that he would be left with NOTHING!!!!! I hope he ROTTS IN HELL!!!! Judgement day will soon come for him and I believe ALL of BS and LIES will come out!!!!!!!!
Jaymelee April 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM
How much more proof do the courts need. Just watch how he acts he's obviously a sociopath. He doesn't think he did anything wrong because he doesn't care about anything. Nothing will ever bring the women back but they deserve justice.
Katie May 05, 2012 at 12:53 AM
I'm there with you Barbara Brown! I'm divorcing a cop who I swear will get away with my murder one day! He has everyone thinking I'm crazy. He is truly perversed! He even compared himself to Drew Peterson. I'm wife number 5
aiyahna rae morrow May 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
she has been missing four years now and hes still not in jail for that cause there is alot of proof and i believe that the body they found was hers it all ties together the blue barrell look in the water look at the nearest dumps just find her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
cingularmannnnnnn@yahoo.com May 17, 2012 at 03:22 PM
when did they find a body in a blue barrell?
colonel May 17, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Why don't they have a trial and convict him ? If you have enough evidence, you do not need a body to convict a person of murder.
mark lloyd May 19, 2012 at 05:44 AM
id like to see the file on this case i bet i could help find her i pray for stacy
caryn May 24, 2012 at 04:08 AM
How do you rob a person of their life and those innocent children of a mother. Because he belonged to the elite he was looked over. In every day to day life there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know from experience the fear those women fealt. You would give up your life for your babies. Those women stood strong and gave all they could. That man sounds to be phsociopath. My heart goes out to those left behind with a hole in their heart. Would you please tell the authorities where this woman is? So that your cbildren and family and friends can put her to rest. Your beyond the arrogant, rightoues life you betrayed.
caryn May 24, 2012 at 04:16 AM
He robbed his children of a childhood. Until Stacy is found...there is no peace. Comment to you Tom Selleck...sounds to be me you have quite a bit of loyalty to this man. Are you guilty of similiar feelings? If so I hope you seek out therapy. He has ruined the lives of four children. That trauma is to drastic to ever recover from.
Helen Premo August 01, 2012 at 05:42 PM
There are 4 kids that are robbed of their mothers here! This guy was a womanizing ass who seems to be saying my way or no way and that,s why 2 wives are gone! He needs to be put away!
Helen Premo August 01, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Well there are 4 kids ! 2 from each marriage missing their moms! He is nothing but a womanizing ass who seems to be saying it's my way or no way! and bang now 2 wives gone? he needs to be gone! Put away for good!
Robert August 01, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Stacey Petersons mother also dissappeared and was never found...or did not want to be found. Something very suspicious about Stacey's family.
shay August 02, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Wat do mean stacys mom dissapeared
shay August 02, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Someone else said.there was a body found in a barrel? When did that happen?
JOE February 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM
DREW IS INNOCENT NO PROOF JUST HEARSAY JUST LIKE MANY CONVICTED THEN 10 YEARS OR SO GET RICH BECAUSE THE TRUTH COMES OUT DREW WILL BE A RICH MAN WHEN THIS HAPPENS AND IT WILL
Tawanda The Avenger February 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Drewpie had his fair and speedy trial and the jury rendered it's verdect. Now he's headed to the big house where he belongs. The end. My sympathies are reserved for the families of Kathleen and Stacy and not for this narcissistic psycho.
colonel February 23, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Now that he has been convicted I hope he gets put into general population.
Brad p May 29, 2013 at 02:01 AM
This case has me so mad that I want to drive to S Illinois and beat the living shit out of this wife killer.
Brad p May 29, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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april August 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM
I stay up to date on this case while his trial was going on and had plans to sit in one day durning it but as fate would have it I am fighting cancer and that week I end up in the hospital so I didn't get to go. But I've date some if the cops from his pd and other cops who knew him. One thing I knew before it was put out there that there was some proof that Stacy had help kill Kathy. Also his son steve said drew had taken Stacy body to the hanger where he kept his plane and drop it out there in the middle of the ocean. She'll never be found due to that

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