By Danya Hooker
Days before she went missing, Stacy Peterson spoke with the same lawyer who represented Kathleen Savio in her divorce from Drew Peterson, the attorney revealed Thursday on Roe Conn’s WLS radio show.
Harry Smith said he spoke with Stacy Peterson Oct. 24 and Oct. 26 about filing for divorce. She disappeared Oct. 28.
Smith declined to discuss the details of the conversation any further, citing the ongoing investigation into Peterson’s disappearance, which officials are calling a possible homicide.
Police are also investigating Savio’s March 2004 drowning. Savio’s body was found in a dry bathtub in her Bolingbrook home just weeks before she and Drew Peterson were supposed to settle the financial terms of their divorce.
Savio’s death was ruled accidental in 2004 but an independent pathologist for Will County recently ruled the drowning a homicide. Police have not named a suspect.
Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been named a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance. He has denied any wrongdoing and insists his wife left him for another man after asking for a divorce.
Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney for her tumultuous divorce from Peterson. He said Savio agreed to finalize the grounds for divorce and save the financial settlement for later so that Drew Peterson could marry Stacy, who was uninsured and pregnant with her first child at the time.
“Everybody at some point sort of sat down and said ‘forget the anger and the other strife we’re going through,’” Smith said. “If he’s not married to her, she cannot get onto his insurance coverage and they’re going to have this child without any health care benefits.
“I talked to Kathy about that and she realized that was not an appropriate thing to have happen,” Smith said.
Savio also agreed to drop an order of protection she filed against Drew Peterson so he would not risk losing his job as a police officer, Smith said.
Smith recounted several letters Savio sent to his office and to public officials expressing her fear of Drew Peterson. The remarks echoed those made by Savio’s family members who have said she told them that if anything happened to her, it wouldn’t be an accident.
More than three years later, Stacy Peterson disappeared and Smith realized he may have been one of the last people to speak with her.
“I had sort of this odd feeling that I had been through this once before,” he said.
To listen to the full interview visit www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=609860&spid=16521.