All quiet in Peoria


Search for Stacy Peterson goes quiet
Authorities have yet to resume search at Jubilee College park
By MATT BUEDEL (mailto:mbuedel@pjstar.com)
Posted Jun 15, 2010 @ 08:24 PM

DUNLAP — After a flurry of activity in a tract of Peoria County forest briefly intensified the investigation into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the case has turned, publicly, all but silent once more.

Authorities have not returned to a secluded site off West Grange Hall Road near Jubilee College State Park since police and an anthropologist carefully sifted soil where an informant tipped them the woman’s body might be buried.

The search quietly began the morning of June 4 but gained national media exposure the next day, when it was abruptly halted with little explanation. Illinois State Police have said a search of the property would resume, though no timetable for a return to the land has been revealed.

Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy said Tuesday his department still is awaiting word from the lead investigators on the case.

“The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and Illinois State Police District 3 said that when they return, they would contact us before they came,” he said. “At this time, we’re protecting the site, waiting to assist them when they return.”

Read the entire story at the PJStar

A couple of new docs were filed by Peterson/Maksym on Monday concerning the Chase HELOC suit:

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  1. Search for Stacy suspended

    June 16, 2010
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com

    JOLIET — A hot lead sent the state police downstate on their search for Stacy Peterson 11 days ago, and even though the cops think they’re on to something, they haven’t been back since.

    The lack of action is due in part to investigators taking a hard look at the tip that led them to a farm outside Peoria on June 5.

    “They’re researching all the avenues of the lead,” said Master Sgt. Tom Burek, a spokesman for the state police.

    Inclement weather has also posed a problem and was a factor in keeping the police from searching for Stacy.

    “Almost every day since we left, it’s been a downpour,” Burek said.

    Informant’s tip
    An informant reportedly came forward earlier this month, prompting the trip to Peoria. State police and a forensic anthropologist excavated a site on a farm but came up with nothing but the skeletal remains of a pair of opossums. Burek confirmed the search has yet to continue.

    When asked about any plans to resume the operation, he said, “I don’t think there’s anything in the immediate future.”

    Stacy Peterson vanished from her Bolingbrook home in October 2007. State police believe she may have been slain and suspect her husband, disgraced former Bolingbrook officer Drew Peterson, had a hand in her demise.

    State police have yet to charge Peterson with harming Stacy, who is his fourth wife.

    But the missing mother’s mysterious disappearance did spur them to arrest Peterson for allegedly murdering his previous wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004.

    For three and a half years after her death, state police insisted she was the victim of a freak accident, reversing course and deciding she had been murdered only after Stacy disappeared.

    Peterson’s murder trial is set to start July 8.

    One of his attorneys, Joel Brodsky, questioned whether state police were trying to influence public opinion just before the trial by launching the downstate search for Stacy. He mocked the search effort, saying, “Two possum families finally have closure.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/2397126,4_1_JO16_PETERSON_S1-100616.article

  2. Regarding Brodsky’s disgusting comment, I wonder if he’s “coping” with the reality of the situation the way he claims his client copes, by joking around, when he knows the situation is dread.

    It’s obvious Brodsky’s lack of respect and common sense have escaped him, and he’s lowered himself to the level of the piece of work he is defending.

  3. Wot??? Did he really say that??? Very funny Bratsky. That remark should endear you to all *and* increase your professional standing.

    I’m not buying it’s Drew’s influence. Don’t forget he’s got form as a shit from way before those two met and fell in love.

  4. BTW extra points awarded to Joe H. for having to write a synopsis of the history over and over and over.

  5. “Two possum families finally have closure”…what a VILE thing to say. About a year and a half ago I thought Brodsky couldn’t possibly get any more revolting. He keeps proving me wrong.

  6. Good morning. Hi Aussie!

    I hope Brodsky’s current insensitive, cruel and obnoxious remark is seen for what it is, and that is that it was spoken by a person that obviously lacks respect for anyone or anything.

    Whether he believes now that the ISP is trying to influence the public opinion just prior to his client’s murder trial or not, his concerns are with them and should be discussed with them. Unless he’s the Headmaster of the Supreme Order of Fortune Tellers, he has no idea where Stacy is or what may or may not have happened to her. So, to make a repulsive comment like that, when her family is desperately awaiting any news as to her whereabouts, shows what a piece of work he really is.

    Yeah, his fellow defense attorneys, near and far, should be proud of the example he sets. A goof who can’t stay awake during his own expert witness’s testimony, a boob who uses his client for his own gain, and a putz that can’t keep his own mouth shut, let alone encourage his legally mired client to do so. Would YOU want him for an attorney?

  7. Is nothing sacred to Brodsky? I wonder. But then that comment goes hand in hand w/the attitude he’s shown about this whole case. He’s certainly never (in my mind) given even Drew the solemnity and urgency that his capital murder case should demand.

  8. Ah, I’ve got it all figured out now. In addition to the book deals Brodsky told his partner, Reem Odeh, they’d all get, he’s apparently auditioning for someone to see him as a budding comedian.

    He says the ISP is trying to influence the public’s opinion of his client? Well, just imagine this. Imagine a news anchor reporting this over the airwaves today, repeating Brodsky’s remarks. What kind of reaction do you think that will have? Comparing his remark about the ISP and the one about the animal bones (I refuse to even remotely repeat it), which one will jolt the public when they hear it and see it for what it is?

    Maybe he’s trying to sink his client, and we’re just not getting it. Because, from where I sit, he’s certainly not helping him.

  9. Posted: Wednesday, 16 June 2010 9:20AM

    Why hasn’t dig for Stacy remains resumed?

    Steve Miller Reporting
    CHICAGO (WBBM/STMW) — The digging for the remains of Stacy Peterson is on hold, state police have indicated.

    The last date state police talked about digging on that site near Peoria was Saturday before last – ten days ago.

    They said they didn’t take any evidence away from the scene.

    But the anthropologist working with state police told Newsradio 780 that he thinks investigators are still “very convinced” that Stacy Peterson’s body is somewhere on that property.

    So why hasn’t digging resumed?

    Rain in the area is one reason, says Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Thomas Burek.

    And, Burek says, investigators are doing continued followup work on the lead that led state police to rural Peoria County in the first place.

    He would not elaborate.

    Burek says state police have no plans to go back to the site in the next couple of days.

    …continued

    http://www.wbbm780.com/Why-hasn-t-dig-for-Stacy-remains-resumed-/7480126

  10. Once again Brosky seems to forget that Drew’s children are also Stacy’s family who would get closure in finding out what happened to Stacy. WTF?? This is horrible for him to say such things. It is a slap in the face of all families with missing loved ones IMO. Would he say that in a case about missing children?? He has absolutely no empathy.

    And once again I point out that he is not at all concerned that Stacy has been harmed by the mystery person they allege she ran away with. Seriously – even if your spouse took off on you and your kids and has been gone for this long you would start to worry someone else harmed her and you would want closure too.

  11. rescueapet :Good morning. Hi Aussie!
    I hope Brodsky’s current insensitive, cruel and obnoxious remark is seen for what it is, and that is that it was spoken by a person that obviously lacks respect for anyone or anything.
    Whether he believes now that the ISP is trying to influence the public opinion just prior to his client’s murder trial or not, his concerns are with them and should be discussed with them. Unless he’s the Headmaster of the Supreme Order of Fortune Tellers, he has no idea where Stacy is or what may or may not have happened to her. So, to make a repulsive comment like that, when her family is desperately awaiting any news as to her whereabouts, shows what a piece of work he really is.
    Yeah, his fellow defense attorneys, near and far, should be proud of the example he sets. A goof who can’t stay awake during his own expert witness’s testimony, a boob who uses his client for his own gain, and a putz that can’t keep his own mouth shut, let alone encourage his legally mired client to do so. Would YOU want him for an attorney?

    Remember what JB said about having a strategy for everything he does.

    IMO, JB is trying/continuing to influence the jury pool to support a claim that DP can’t get a fair trial. If it hasn’t happened yet, JB will be filing a Motion for Change of Venue soon. JB makes accusations of others for exactly what he himself is doing. This is what JB referrs to as a ‘strong defense’.

    IMO, JB is hanging the “Guilty as Hell” sign from DP’s nose.

  12. Yes, I believe Joel’s strategy has been likened to a game of chess. So, this is simply that part of the game where you publicly mock the dead and the mourning.

    What, that isn’t normally part of a chess game?

  13. facsmiley :

    Yes, I believe Joel’s strategy has been likened to a game of chess. So, this is simply that part of the game where you publicly mock the dead and the mourning.

    What, that isn’t normally part of a chess game?

    Post of the day.

  14. facsmiley :I’m supposing that the court date on Friday will include a spate of new motions from the defense. Wonder what they will ask for now?

    Maybe they will start out with:

    Motion to Dismiss All Charges based upon No Evidence Presented to Prove Guilt
    Motion for Delay Start of Trial based upon negative influence on public opinion immediately prior to the trial by New Peoria Search for Stacy
    Motion for Change of Prosecutor/Appointment of Special Prosecutor
    Motion for Change of Venue based upon Media Tainted Jury Pool
    Motion for Suppression of Certain Wiretap Evidence
    Motion for Suppression of Certain Documented Evidence Written by Kathleen Savio
    Motion for Suppression of Certain Professional Witness Testimonies that Will Prove Defendant’s Guilt Beyond All Reasonable Doubt.
    Motion for Suppression of Certain Hearsay Evidence/Witness/Testimonies
    Motion for Fresh New Jury Pool
    Motion to Declare Defendant as Indigent and Eligible for State Financial Legal Assistance based upon grounds that all his finances are tied up by lender, other Trials, and ownerships of Kathleen Savio Estate, Stacy, Legal Fees,
    Motion to Dismiss All Charges based upon his children’s need for a parent
    Motion for Delay of Trial based upon Defendant is scared to be confronted by the Truth from 805 Witnesses and Defendant broke out in a rash.
    Motion for Delay of Trial based upon Lack of Alibi or Evidence to Clear Defendant of all Charges
    Motion for Delay of Trial based upon Defendant’s Guilt.

  15. Time to do these interviews but no time to prepare for court??

    http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=0&a=2651

    truTV to Take Viewers Behind Drew Peterson Trial, PR Firm Reports
    Peterson’s defense team and chief counsel Joel Brodsky to be featured on IN SESSION during murder trial coverage.

    (PRNewsChannel) / June 16, 2010 / CHICAGO /
    A crew from Turner Broadcasting’s truTV will sit down tonight for an interview with Drew Peterson’s legal defense team, according to the PR firm The Publicity Agency which represents Peterson’s lead defense attorney. Peterson is charged with killing his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.

    Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer is scheduled to stand trial July 8. The truTV program IN SESSION will interview Peterson’s lawyer, Joel A. Brodsky, and the other members of the defense team for an upcoming feature on the Peterson case.

    Earlier this month an inmate reported Peterson admitted he buried his fourth wife, Stacy, who has been missing since Oct. 2007. The tip prompted a search in Peoria, but investigators have located only animal remains. Brodsky immediately put out a statement saying his client had no involvedment in the death of Savio.

    Brodsky, represented by the PR firm The Publicity Agency, recently talked with CNN about the case.

    “There have been leads and tips for the last three years, and not one has had any factual basis whatsoever,” Brodsky told Headline News anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell last week. “Drew is in isolation and doesn’t have any contact with any inmates.”

    truTV plans to air the interviews as part of the network’s trial coverage.

  16. Not to mention saying that the Prosecution is the one trying to get the case back in front of the media right before trial…

  17. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    The truTV program IN SESSION will interview Peterson’s lawyer, Joel A. Brodsky, and the other members of the defense team for an upcoming feature on the Peterson case.

    Three guess who wrote the PR!!! I’ll go first.

    Joel Brodsky
    Joel Brodsky
    Joel Brodsky

  18. JB is not recognized on the Will County Court Schedule for this Trial.

    09CF001048-People of the State of IL vs. Drew Peterson, Defendant MURDER/INTENT
    MECZYK RALPH EUGENE 6 18 10 930 402 PETERSON DREW W 09CF001048 SDW
    PETERSON DREW W 6 18 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Pre-trial
    PETERSON DREW W 6 18 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Pre-trial
    BRODSKY JOEL ALAN NOT LISTED ON COURT SCHEDULE
    ODEH REEM NOT LISTED ON COURT SCHEDULE

    MECZYK RALPH EUGENE 7 8 10 930 402 PETERSON DREW W 09CF001048 SDW
    PETERSON DREW W 7 8 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Jury Trial
    PETERSON DREW W 7 8 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Jury Trial
    BRODSKY JOEL ALAN NOT LISTED ON COURT SCHEDULE
    ODEH REEM NOT LISTED ON COURT SCHEDULE

  19. Judgin – Very interesting. I wonder why that is that Joel isn’t on the schedule at Will County at all right now for any cases at all.

  20. Facs – shameless PR firms that aren’t able to get business by word of mouth yet certainly seem to as a way to get their name out.

  21. A couple of new docs filed Monday by Peterson/Maksym regarding the HELOC.

    I also embedded them up in the main post if you don’t want to click off this page.

  22. thinkaboutit2 :Judgin – Very interesting. I wonder why that is that Joel isn’t on the schedule at Will County at all right now for any cases at all.

    Might be because the wrongful death lawsuit has been put on hold until after the ‘Trial’. It will probably pop up again just like MR’s proceedings.

  23. Interesting new docs for the HELOC. Looks like they are dismissing some of their claims early (and are looking for them to be dismissed voluntarily without prejudice so they can some day possibly try that route again) and have revised their other complaint. So looks like Chase will have to come back again and this will drag on and on and on.

    I found this part quite interesting:

    PETERSON’s Amended Complaint should not be dismissed with prejudice because his allegations set for plausible claims and do not “confirm”, as CHASE asserts, but has not established, that the criminal charges (as opposed to any non-existent “imprisonment”) not only had no material effect on his income but also left his assets and expenses are similarly unaffected.

    His arrest for murder indeed did change his financial standing IMO as in general those who have open LOCs do not qualify for a public defender and most people charged with that crime pay huge legal fees resulting from that arrest.

  24. judgin :

    thinkaboutit2 :Judgin – Very interesting. I wonder why that is that Joel isn’t on the schedule at Will County at all right now for any cases at all.

    Might be because the wrongful death lawsuit has been put on hold until after the ‘Trial’. It will probably pop up again just like MR’s proceedings.

    But wasn’t Joel on the murder case as well before?? It may have been a clerical error where they forgot to add Joel to the case. He sure seems like he is still on the case.

  25. thinkaboutit2 :

    judgin :

    thinkaboutit2 :Judgin – Very interesting. I wonder why that is that Joel isn’t on the schedule at Will County at all right now for any cases at all.

    Might be because the wrongful death lawsuit has been put on hold until after the ‘Trial’. It will probably pop up again just like MR’s proceedings.

    But wasn’t Joel on the murder case as well before?? It may have been a clerical error where they forgot to add Joel to the case. He sure seems like he is still on the case.

    JB was posted on the murder case schedule until they did the ‘lawyer supershuffle’. IMO, it is an established pattern and NOT just a clerical error because there is no other lawyer handling the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of DP. The ‘other’ DP lawyers are not listed or connected to any trial in the Will County Court Schedule.

    ‘Shark’ Lopez had another court case client listed in Will County.

  26. I don’t think it’s all that important, really, whether Brodsky and/or Odeh are listed. Unless anyone knows otherwise, they haven’t been reported to have withdrawn from the Peterson cases, so I think that would end the speculation of that.

    Just sayin……

  27. From the article at the top of the page by Matt Buedel…………..

    “The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office and Illinois State Police District 3 said that when they return, they would contact us before they came,” he said. “At this time, we’re protecting the site, waiting to assist them when they return.”

    This has my attention! If the lead didn’t pan out and wasn’t credible, the state police wouldn’t have the Peoria County Sheriff Dept. protecting the search site.

  28. rescueapet :
    Regarding Brodsky’s disgusting comment, I wonder if he’s “coping” with the reality of the situation the way he claims his client copes, by joking around, when he knows the situation is dread.
    It’s obvious Brodsky’s lack of respect and common sense have escaped him, and he’s lowered himself to the level of the piece of work he is defending.

    Brodsky’s disgusting remark was not only not necessary, but shows his complete lack of respect for victims and their families. His ridicule of law enforcement is terrible.

  29. thinkaboutit2 :
    Time to do these interviews but no time to prepare for court??
    http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=0&a=2651

    truTV to Take Viewers Behind Drew Peterson Trial, PR Firm Reports
    Peterson’s defense team and chief counsel Joel Brodsky to be featured on IN SESSION during murder trial coverage.
    (PRNewsChannel) / June 16, 2010 / CHICAGO /
    A crew from Turner Broadcasting’s truTV will sit down tonight for an interview with Drew Peterson’s legal defense team, according to the PR firm The Publicity Agency which represents Peterson’s lead defense attorney. Peterson is charged with killing his ex-wife Kathleen Savio.
    Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer is scheduled to stand trial July 8. The truTV program IN SESSION will interview Peterson’s lawyer, Joel A. Brodsky, and the other members of the defense team for an upcoming feature on the Peterson case.
    Earlier this month an inmate reported Peterson admitted he buried his fourth wife, Stacy, who has been missing since Oct. 2007. The tip prompted a search in Peoria, but investigators have located only animal remains. Brodsky immediately put out a statement saying his client had no involvedment in the death of Savio.
    Brodsky, represented by the PR firm The Publicity Agency, recently talked with CNN about the case.
    “There have been leads and tips for the last three years, and not one has had any factual basis whatsoever,” Brodsky told Headline News anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell last week. “Drew is in isolation and doesn’t have any contact with any inmates.”
    truTV plans to air the interviews as part of the network’s trial coverage.

    I don’s think the defense team has much in the way of a defense. They’re going to attack the character of the witnesses the prosecution puts on the stand, and try to undermine the evidence, creating “reasonable doubt.”

    As far as the search in Peoria, I don’t think LE ever intended to have their search of the site off Grange Road the focus of the media, nor did they want DP and his defense alerted to their search. I think LE is purposely downplaying their search to avoid defense accusations of trying to sway the jury pool. Once the trial gets underway and the media focus is on the trial, I think LE will quietly return to the search site in Peoria and continue their search. If LE finds Stacy’s remains, they may withhold a public announcement of their discovery until after the trial is over to avoid defense accusations of trying to taint the outcome of the trial. That might be grounds for appeal if DP is convicted.

  30. “There have been leads and tips for the last three years, and not one has had any factual basis whatsoever,” Brodsky told Headline News anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell last week. “Drew is in isolation and doesn’t have any contact with any inmates.”

    So is Joel admitting that even the supposed sightings,letters,tips, that were sent to him, were not factual either?

  31. CHASE’S NOTICE AND BASIS FOR SUSPENSION OF THE HELOC UNREASONABLE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO “IMPRISONMENT” OR A MATERIAL CHANGE IN HIS FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

    PETERSON is not and has never been in prison but is currently awaiting trial in the Will County Detention Facility. (Am. Compl. ¶ 11; id., Ex. B, p. 3.) Since day one CHASE has repeatedly and deliberately mischaracterized Peterson’s pretrial detainment as “imprisonment”, no doubt in order to stigmatize him, though he has never been convicted or ever imprisoned for anything. Just a few months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the long established distinction between mere pre-trial detention and “imprisonment”. “Jail is a “local government’s detention center where persons awaiting trial … are confined.” Black’s Law Dictionary 910 (9th ed. 2009). Prison, by contrast, is a “state or federal facility of confinement for convicted criminals, esp. felons.” Id., at 1314.” Maryland v. Shatzer, 559 U. S. __ (Slip Opinion p. 7 fn. 2, Feb. 24, 2010) So, it is key, that CHASE admits that the one and only reason given for it action was “imprisonment”, and has not denied that he was never imprisoned.

    When CHASE’s assistant general counsel learned of PETERSON’s arrest and incarceration (Am. Compl. ¶ 12; id., Ex. G, ¶¶ 1-2) he conferred with another of its assistant general counsel, and they “determined that there had been a material change in [his] financial condition” based only on a false assumption of his “imprisonment”. (Am. Compl. ¶ 12; id., Ex. G, ¶ 3; id., Ex. D, ¶¶ 1-3) PETERSON pleads facts that plausibly show that the notice was false and that the reason given for suspension was not “reasonable”. It plausible that CHASE’s decision was not reasonable, i.e., rational or logical, but
    unreasonable, i.e. irrational and illogical, because there was simply no “imprisonment, or “material change in financial circumstances”, since it chose not investigate and refused to consider the facts to the contrary.

    Interesting that this whole argument is based on semantics. Whether ‘detained’ or ‘imprisoned’ Drew is not a free man.

    Also, the suggestion that Chase is trying to stigmatize Drew by stating he is in a state of imprisonment is laughable. His HELOC was frozen and he was a sent a private letter of explanation with imprisonment given as the reason for denial of the loan. The only reason we know about it is because Peterson sued over the denial. Anyway, what would Chase have to gain by stigmatizing anyone? Oh right. Everyone Hates Drew. *sad trombone*

  32. Chase & the Courts may consider themselves lucky this current creation of Maksyms pen is only 15 pages long.

    Last time they had to endure 30 or 36 pages of lamenting how Drew needed money for his lawyers and this time they want Chase and the Courts to know Drew is not imprisoned, that choice of words is highly debatable.

    Maybe Chase is more concerned about the financial status of a man with a 20 million dollar Bond on his head, who has to come up with 2 million dollars he obviously doesn’t have, to bail himself out of this prison, where he is not really a “prisoner” in the right sense of the word – LOL !

  33. Tomorrow may be an interesting day – a court day. Maybe the defense will address the latest issue of LE purposely trying to rattle Drew Peterson and trying to cause negative publicity against their client. Isn’t that how it goes, according to Brodsky?

    Guess we’ll hear all about it.

  34. facsmiley :
    Geez, do other PR firms mention themselves in press releases about their clients? I’d ask for my money back.

    Um, Facs, do you really think there was money involved in this?

    thinkaboutit2 :
    Facs – shameless PR firms that aren’t able to get business by word of mouth yet certainly seem to as a way to get their name out.

    Can’t you hear the dealing going on from both sides?

  35. Found on WS

    DAVE ALWAN SPEAKS OUT ABOUT PETERSON SEARCH

    By Ashley McNamee
    Story Updated: Jun 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM CDT

    Nearly two weeks have passed since Illinois State Police and Chicago investigators flocked to Peoria County to search for Stacy Peterson.

    Peoria native Dave Alwan says he would have never imagined the phone call he received from Illinois State Police June 4.

    “I kind of thought it was a joke, they asked if I could come home,” he said. “They said everyone in your family is okay, it has nothing to do with you, we just need access to your property.”

    Illinois State Police say they received a credible lead in the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson, who vanished from Chicago in 2007. Peterson’s husband, Drew, has since been charged with murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    The investigative lead brought them to Alwan’s 150 acre property off Grange Hall Road in Peoria County.

    “They actually went out there Friday with the dogs where they picked up some kind of scent or something,” he said.

    On Saturday June 5, an anthropologist spent the day meticulously digging for evidence in a 10 foot by 10 foot square section of land near Kickapoo Creek.

    “They had to use one of my tractors the first day to get back there, then we got them a boat to jockey people back and forth across the creek because it had rained that weekend so it wasn’t super easy to get around,” said Alwan.

    The secluded part of land authorities were searching is on Alwan’s property, but it is also accessible through a private drive that belongs to the Big Hollow Sportsman Hunting Club. The Illinois State Police say just because they are not searching right now, doesn’t mean they won’t come back.

    “I would be shocked if there was anything out there. I guess if you are going to hide something, at the same time, it is way out of the way,” said Alwan, adding investigators did find possum bones on his land.

    He also says he has never met Stacy or Drew Peterson. Police have not contacted Alwan to gain access to his land again, but if they do, he says he will cooperate for Stacy’s family.

    “I wish them luck. You would like closure for the family,” said Alwan.

    Illinois State Police say they do not believe Alwan is related to the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

    http://www.centralillinoisnewscenter.com/news/local/96602914.html

  36. questions4you :

    “There have been leads and tips for the last three years, and not one has had any factual basis whatsoever,” Brodsky told Headline News anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell last week. “Drew is in isolation and doesn’t have any contact with any inmates.”

    So is Joel admitting that even the supposed sightings,letters,tips, that were sent to him, were not factual either?

    If Stacy’s remains are found in Peoria, this could come back to bite Joel. I can just hear him trying to back peddle this one…..”what I meant when I said that there were a lot of leads over the past three years and none of them with a factual basis, is that all leads except the letter I received from a tipster in Peoria. That one was a real lead, and Stacy was actually seen in Peoria.”

  37. Thanks for this article! One thing that I noted was David Alwan’s statement that he would be shocked if LE found anything.

    It’s my understanding that Mr. Alwan has only owned this property since the summer of 2008, purchasing it about 8 months after Stacy disappeared. He can’t know with certainty what may have gone on with that property prior to his purchase of it. If Stacy’s remains are buried on that property, it would be interesting to know if DP or someone he knows, had a relationship with the former owner. If Stacy’s remains are found there………what made DP choose that spot?

  38. MollyMcgee, I don’t know about those 56 acres (where they are searching). I couldn’t access the Sales data.

    I get this message:
    Sales History for Parcel: 0828****** (not sure if I should post it)

    Sales History data is not available for this property

    http://gis.peoriacounty.org/website/external/

    Other property near there was for sale in February 2007 and sold in May 2008, but it’s not property owned by David Alwan.

  39. noway406 :
    MollyMcgee, I don’t know about those 56 acres (where they are searching). I couldn’t access the Sales data.
    I get this message:
    Sales History for Parcel: 0828****** (not sure if I should post it)
    Sales History data is not available for this property
    http://gis.peoriacounty.org/website/external/
    Other property near there was for sale in February 2007 and sold in May 2008, but it’s not property owned by David Alwan.

    Interesting information! It could be coincidental, but it also could be that the property history for this parcel is purposely being restricted at this time. I’m wondering if the prior history would reveal a name recognized as someone associated with DP?

    I’ve done property searches in my own county and haven’t ever run into a property that didn’t have a complete sales history. So I find this unusual that the property in question doesn’t have a complete sales history.

  40. I think it’s a Peoria County thing … they do not include property owner’s name either. There are several properties that don’t.

    I thought it was possible that it wasn’t sold but was passed down through family.

  41. I was going to look something up there to test a theory but the system seems to be down, so it will have to wait until later.

  42. noway406 :
    I think it’s a Peoria County thing … they do not include property owner’s name either. There are several properties that don’t.
    I thought it was possible that it wasn’t sold but was passed down through family.

    It sounds like this particular parcel of land, not including names, isn’t unusual for Peoria County. So evidently there isn’t restricted information. I wonder if it’s because the property records can be accessed online?

    Here in my county, the property records cannot be accessed online. You have to go to the county recorder’s office and use their computers which list all recorded documents. Using a physical address, you’re then given a parcel number and use that to search the property history. In the history, it lists names of individuals on the deeds, dates of conveyance, and sales price.

  43. The Stacy search . . .

    Sneed hears there are no plans to continue the search for Stacy Peterson’s body on a private farm near Peoria.

    • Hmmm: “Unless we get more information from our source, I don’t expect [the search] to continue,” said a top Sneed law enforcement source.

    • Translation: “To a certain extent, it’s like looking for a needle in the haystack,” the source added.

    • Backshot: A search earlier this month, conducted with cadaver dogs and shovels over an area smaller than half a basketball court, was called off after a day of unproductive digging.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2406712,CST-NWS-SNEED18A.article

  44. Regarding the “needle in a haystack” translation in the above comment: I spoke with Sgt. Burek yesterday on the phone and suggested the use of metal detectors.
    If, in fact, the rumor is true that Stacy is encased in a metal barrel or drum and if. in fact, the last tip sending LE to the Peoria area has any truth to it, a group of gold detecting enthusiasts could cover quite a few acres in just a few hours.
    My understanding from a friend who uses his metal detector to find Arizona gold says a barrel would sound off quite a signal up to 4′ down.
    Road and highway Construction Companies use metal detectors at times to find pipes underground before digging. To heck with the dogs. Any volunteers??

  45. Defense: Keep Stacy’s name out of Peterson trial
    June 18, 2010 7:55 AM

    A pre-trial hearing in the Drew Peterson murder case is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.

    Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky said he will make a motion barring mention of Stacy Peterson during Peterson’s trial for the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio.

    Peterson has been named the primary suspect in his fourth wife’s disappearance but has not been charged with anything in that case.

    Acting on a tip, authorities two weeks ago looked for Stacy Peterson’s body in a wooded area in central Illinois near a gun club once frequented by Peterson, but found nothing. They have since suspended their search.

    Brodsky also will seek to keep certain videotapes, such as television appearances by Peterson before his arrest, out of the trial proceedings.

    –John Loboba

  46. Acting on a tip, authorities two weeks ago looked for Stacy Peterson’s body in a wooded area in central Illinois near a gun club once frequented by Peterson, but found nothing. They have since suspended their search.

    Huh? First I heard of this – that this gun club was “frequented by Peterson.” News to me.

  47. Brodsky also will seek to keep certain videotapes, such as television appearances by Peterson before his arrest, out of the trial proceedings.

    Wait – so he’s going to try to block out television appearances that he helped set up for (and often sat beside) his client?? Or is it just the first one before he had representation sitting beside him making sure he didn’t say anything he shouldn’t say? It will be an interesting day in court for sure.

  48. Hi mlmjra.

    Regarding your comment @52, just out of curiosity, what was Sgt. Burek’s response to your suggestion? The thing is, since that’s private property, the owner would have to give additional permission to those other than law enforcement to search the property, and that might not be something he’s willing to do. Can’t blame him if he didn’t.

    If, as you say, she was encased in a metal container when her remains were buried, and if it is reasonably uncomplicated to locate an underground container as you say, I hope that LE would have thought of that by now, since things such as underground pipes are not an unusual occurrence for companies to have to locate prior to construction.

    It seems that there’s a couple of glitches involved in this latest search. Without knowing the circumstances of who the informant is, that is the first obstacle. Is it someone that doesn’t actually have first-hand knowledge, but who heard this information from someone who does? Or, is it something this informant overheard from an individual who claims to have knowledge through yet another individual?

    I gather once LE sorted this all out and assumed this location and some ties to it with DP may have been feasible, there’s the task of knowing where, in an area of multiple acres, remains may be located. It’s sure not an easy situation, is it?

  49. Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky said he will make a motion barring mention of Stacy Peterson during Peterson’s trial for the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio.

    And how do you do that when she was his initial alibi for the night Kathleen died? There is no way either of these motions will be won. Now maybe they would say they cannot mention that Stacy is missing but that will look bad for the defense too because he won’t be putting his alibi on the stand to defend him.

  50. rescueapet :

    Acting on a tip, authorities two weeks ago looked for Stacy Peterson’s body in a wooded area in central Illinois near a gun club once frequented by Peterson, but found nothing. They have since suspended their search.

    Huh? First I heard of this – that this gun club was “frequented by Peterson.” News to me.

    Probably just a mistake by the person who wrote the article. They are sometimes good at that especially when they are the headlines for the “breaking news”. Goal is to get something out faster than anyone else – they can always fix it easily now that it is online rather than in print.

  51. Allegedly, DP belonged to a gun club. Remember that DP went on ‘Family Camping Trips’ in that area of Illinois.

    BTW, What ever happened to that RV that DP had parked in his yard?

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