Following New Lead, Illinois Authorities Dig for Body of Stacy Peterson
Published June 05, 2010 / FOXNews.com
DEVELOPING: Authorities in rural Illinois began digging Saturday for the remains of missing woman Stacy Peterson, Fox News has confirmed.
Following a new lead in the woman's disappearance, authorities are searching for "human remains" in an area east of Peoria, Ill., the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday.
Sources reportedly told the newspaper that investigators, using dogs, searched a hunting ground east of Peoria on Friday and then returned Saturday to dig in a specific area.
Peterson disappeared in October 2007. Her case drew national attention after her husband Drew Peterson, a 56-year-old ex-cop, was named a suspect in both her disappearance and the death of a previous wife.
"There is a search underway for human remains, however no human remains have been located at this point," Peoria County Coroner Johanna Ingersoll told the newspaper.
As state police scoured the rural area on Saturday, Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, called the situation "patently ridiculous."
Brodsky said Peterson's position is that Stacy ran off with another man.
"The current report about Stacy Peterson is just another in a long line of baseless allegations against Drew Peterson," Brodsky said in a statement Saturday.
"Ever since Stacy disappeared there have been numerous rumors, gossip and reports about Drew Peterson. The one thing all of these stories have in common is that they always prove to be false and there are never any facts or evidence to back them up," he said
Peterson is scheduled to go on trial next month on charges of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. No one has been charged in Stacy Peterson's case.
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