Here’s a look at some of the key developments in the Stacy Peterson case over the last week:
• On Jan. 4, it is first reported that the village of Bolingbrook will provide legal counsel to Drew Peterson in his defense against an excessive force lawsuit. The village lawyer said the village is required by law to provide all police officers with lawyers in such cases. The lawsuit claims Peterson and two other officers used excessive force during an arrest. The police department said they have a videotape proving Drew Peterson was not involved in the incident.
• Drew Peterson was reportedly on vacation with his children in Florida until last weekend. On Jan. 6 he received a letter from an anonymous writer who claimed he/she saw Stacy Peterson in mid-November in a Kentucky parking lot. The writer also claimed to have taken a picture of her and contacted a sheriff’s deputy about the incident.
• On Tuesday, the Kentucky sheriff’s office said they had no record any contact between a deputy and a person claiming to have just seen Stacy Peterson.
• Also Tuesday, the Amazing Kreskin, a well-known mentalist announced he would like to meet one-on-one with key people in the investigation. Kreskin said he thinks his abilities might help lead to a break in the case. Illinois State Police said they welcome any information Kreskin can provide. Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s lawyer, said he would be glad to meet with Kreskin but would not let his client meet with him without legal counsel present.
• Despite waning media covering, Illinois State Police assured that the Peterson investigation remains a top priority with up to 80 agents working on the case at any given time.
• Looking ahead, friends and family of Stacy Peterson will hold a birthday vigil on Sunday, Jan. 20, the day the missing woman will turn 24. The event will start at 4 p.m. at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Lane, in Bolingbrook.
~Compiled by Danya Hooker, Suburban Life Publications.