Chicago is on right side of map. Follow green line to center of map to reach Bolingbrook, and go a little farther down green line to Plainsfield, Illinois.
Missing from Bolingbrook, Illinois, since October 28, 2007
Illinois State Police investigate a site where badly decomposed body was found in Des Plaines River near Channahon, Ill. The remains were found by a cleanup crew working May 20 on the Des Plaines River. State police today said the remains were "severely deteriorated" and "mainly skeletal," adding that DNA testing may be needed for positive identification. (Tribune photo by Zbigniew Bzdak / May 21, 2009)Will County officials transfer a body found along the Des Plaines River to an ambulance Wednesday.
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Body's identity unknown: Families of Lisa Stebic, Stacy Peterson among those awaiting DNA test results / Remains discovered Wednesday in Des Plaines River
By Erika Slife and Steve Schmadeke Tribune reporters / May 22, 2009
The families of two missing Will County women might have to wait up to two weeks to learn the identity of the human remains discovered Wednesday in the Des Plaines River.
DNA testing is being done on the partial skeletal remains, which consisted of a rib cage, spinal column, and partial left and right femur bones, according to Will County Coroner Patrick O'Neil, who said results likely won't be known for two weeks. But sources close to the investigation said the results could be returned as early as next week.
A preliminary autopsy performed Thursday could not determine whether the body was that of a man or woman, its race, or identity. The remains included shreds of jeans containing a small amount of money, and the person had been dead for several months or more. The coroner's office said it was unclear how the body parts were severed.
Stacy Peterson vanished from her Bolingbrook home in October 2007, and Lisa Stebic disappeared from her Plainfield home in April 2007. Both lived not far from where the remains were found.
"We know the identity is not going to be known until they do DNA testing," said Melanie Greenberg, a spokeswoman for Stebic's family. "We're cautiously hopeful that it might be Lisa. If it's not Lisa, our second wish is that it would be Stacy Peterson so that at least one of our families could get closure."
On Thursday, Illinois State Police continued searching for further evidence in the area where the body was found, along the river near Channahon just west of Interstate Highway 55.
WHAT WILL THE DNA PROVE? LISA STEBIC OR STACY PETERSON? WE ARE ALL WAITING...