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Investigators end 5-day search for Stacy Peterson's body

Published: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 7:15 p.m. CDT

(MCT) SHOREWOOD, Ill. — Investigators from the Illinois State Police and FBI today ended a five-day search for Stacy Peterson in a Shorewood forest preserve without finding the missing Bolingbrook woman’s body, officials said.

The roughly 400-acre Hammel Woods Forest Preserve has been searched before, but a “couple dozen” investigators returned to the forest this week because specialized FBI resources such as search dogs became available, said Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond.

No new tips prompted the search, which was also conducted as a training exercise for investigators, Bond said. Authorities have said some of the last calls on Stacy’s cell phone were routed through cell phone towers in Shorewood.

Stacy Peterson was 23 when she vanished in 2007. Prosecutors believe she was murdered by her husband, Drew Peterson, who was then a Bolingbrook police sergeant.

They have alleged Drew Peterson made the Shorewood calls from his wife’s cell phone in an effort to frame a man with whom Stacy Peterson had traded sexual text messages.

Drew Peterson was convicted in September of drowning his prior wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Prosecutors re-examined Savio’s death after Stacy Peterson disappeared.

Will County’s top prosecutor has said attorneys in his office will take a fresh look at the Stacy Peterson case with an eye toward possibly filing charges. One of Drew Peterson’s defense attorneys has said he believes his client will be charged with killing Stacy Peterson.

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