By Danya Hooker
A two-sentence text message allegedly sent to Stacy Peterson more than a month before she went missing proves she was having an affair, her husband’s lawyer told media outlets this week.
Meanwhile, investigators obtained a search warrant Jan. 3 seeking information that might help identify the anonymous writer of the Sept. 20 message, sent at 9:47 a.m.
The message refers to Peterson as “my love” and thanks her for a sexual encounter the night before.
The revelation bolsters Drew Peterson’s claim that his wife is not missing but simply left him for another man. Peterson, 54, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been named a suspect in his 23-year-old wife’s Oct. 28 disappearance, which investigators are treating as a possible homicide.
Peterson turned over the cell phone to state police on Dec. 20, reportedly after a private investigator discovered the message on the phone. Stacy Peterson had reportedly recently replaced the phone and given it to her teenage stepson.
Authorities obtained a search warrant Jan. 3 seeking information that might lead to the identity of the sender. The warrant requests “cellular telephone and online accounts which may contain evidence of the commission of the offenses of First Degree Murder… or Concealment of a Homicidal Death… be seized, searched and forensically analyzed.”
The message was sent from a Sprint Nextel Web site, which allows users to send messages without logging in or opening an account.
Sprint Nextel spokesman Dave DeVries said he was unable to comment on the specifics of the case due to the ongoing investigation but said it is possible to send an online message without filling in the “Callback number” section. The message is free for the sender, so no billing information is logged.
He declined to comment on whether the message was traceable any other way.