Police investigate lead on Drew Peterson's 4th wife

Police investigate lead on Drew Peterson's 4th wife

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FILE - In this May 8, 2009 file photo, former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson yells to reporters as he arrives at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, Ill. On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, a judge will hear arguments about the admissibility of the state's new hearsay law to the Peterson's case. He is charged in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is also a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife. The law would essentially allow Savio to testify from the grave by admitting testimony of family and friends about how she feared Peterson might kill her. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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by the Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on June 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 5 at 4:27 PM

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Investigators are picking their way across a muddy stretch of remote central Illinois as they follow a lead into the disappearance and possible homicide of the fourth wife of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson.

State police Master Sgt. Tom Burek says several law enforcement agencies, including some from the Chicago area, are searching rural land "thick with timber" near Peoria on foot.

Burek says rains have reduced the land to a "muddy mess," and vehicles haven't been able to get to the entire search area.

He wouldn't say when the search began or how large the search area is. He also wouldn't confirm where the lead came from or how credible police thought it might be.

Stacy Peterson disappeared in October 2007.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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