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Tent placed over Savio grave

Monday, November 12, 2007

As the search for a missing Bolingbrook woman enters its third week, officials plan to exhume the body of her husband's third wife.

Kathleen Savio's grave is covered by a tent as officials prepare to exhume her body on Tuesday. Savio, who drowned in 2004, is the third wife of Bolingbrook Police Sergeant Drew Peterson.

Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, 23, was reported missing two weeks ago. Almost 100 volunteers searched the area near Bolingbrook for Stacy on Monday. While searchers did find a few things of interest to turn over to Illinois State Police, who are leading the investigation because of Sgt. Peterson's connection to the city authorities, but there has been no big break in the case.

"Until I see her, you know, walk in - or otherwise, you know, we're not going to stop looking," said Carrie Simmons, Stacy Peterson's step-sister.

Most of the volunteers do not know Stacy or her family," said Terry Kolke, searcher from Frankfort.

"I'm a mother. I have an 8-year-old," said Karen Alfano, searcher from Orland Park. "She is a mother, sister, and daughter. I just feel like the family needs to know."

"It's awful for the family and the holidays coming up, the four kids.

Sgt. Peterson has not participated in any of the searches. He remains in his Bolingbrook home and insists his wife left on her own.

"Obviously, everything that's happening with Drew is kind of proving to be in the other direction. So just one way or another, we just want to be able to find her so we have closure," said Simmons.

Sgt. Peterson, who was relived of his duties with the Bolingbrook Police Department last week, has been named suspect in his wife's disappearance. Stacy's disappearance is now being called a 'potential homicide' by police.

Peterson maintains his innocence in both the Savio and Stacy Peterson case. The Savio family is fully behind the exhumation of Kathleen's body. Her death was originally ruled an accident, but is also being called a potential homicide now.

"I'm happy for that family that maybe they will have closure, what they thought happened all along. The truth may finally come out. And it will possibly help our case as well," said Simmons.

The search for Stacy Peterson resumes Tuesday at 10 a.m. Volunteers are gathering at Westbrook Christian Church in Bolingbrook.

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