Here’s a look at some of the week’s developments in the Peterson case.
• The investigation into Kathleen Savio’s March 2004 drowning is causing a political stir, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday, March 10. Former Will County coroner’s office employee Chuck Lyons, the Republican candidate for coroner, criticized current coroner Pat O’Neil’s handling of the original investigation into Savio’s death. Lyons said the coroner’s office, state police and the state’s attorney all failed to follow protocol for a suspicious death. O’Neil said the office did not follow the suspicious death protocol because state police investigating the death told him not to. He also said any further investigation would have been the responsibility of state police and then-state’s attorney Jeff Tomczak. James Glasgow is the current state’s attorney and has also criticized the previous administration’s handling of Savio’s death investigation.
• Friends of Stacy Peterson are organizing another fundraiser to aid in search efforts, Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning said Wednesday. The event is scheduled for May 17 at Ditka Dome in Bolingbrook. More details are expected to be released within a couple of weeks.
• Also Wednesday, Peterson’s neighbor and good friend Sharon Bychowski said friends and family are gearing up to begin searching for the missing Bolingbrook mother. Volunteer searches had called off most searches by December when heavy snow and freezing temperatures made ground searches difficult. Bychowski’s son and lead search coordinator Roy Taylor said he expects to start scouting possible search areas this weekend and hopes to renew searches shortly. Meanwhile, Illinois State Police said they have been searching throughout the winter as tips come in pointing them to certain areas. Sgt. Tom Burek said the investigation is still moving at full speed.
• Looking ahead, Drew Peterson is expected to appear in court Monday, March 17, to hear the conditions he must agree to before he is allowed to regain possession of several items seized by police. The items include several computers and two vehicles. The judge also ruled that Peterson could have back 11 seized guns but that ruling was rendered moot when state police revoked Peterson’s firearm owner’s identification card. A hearing on a petition by Savio’s family to reopen her estate is also set for March 17. Four members of Savio’s family have asked to have the estate reopened in preparation for a possible wrongful death lawsuit against Drew Peterson.