Peterson’s friends aided police in recording private conversations

Staff Reports

Two of Drew Peterson’s close friends wore wiretaps and recorded every detail of private conversations between them and the former Bolingbrook police sergeant who is the prime suspect the disappearance of his fourth wife, according to media reports.

Peterson reportedly told Paula Stark and Len Wawczak that he should have cremated the body of his third wife Kathleen Savio and that he would likely be tried and acquitted by the time police found the body of his missing fourth wife Stacy, according to statements the couple made to the Chicago Sun-Times.

In the months following Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, Stark and Wawczak appeared to remain close to Peterson. The couple often watched Peterson’s four youngest children, and in March, Wawczak accompanied Peterson to Illinois State Police District 5 headquarters to help Peterson retrieve two vehicles seized by police. The couple reportedly said they agreed to cooperate with Illinois State Police shortly after Stacy Peterson disappeared Oct. 28.

Savio was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004. At the time, her death was ruled a homicide. But the Oct. 28 disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife led investigators to reopen the case. Savio’s body was exhumed in November and two pathologists, one at the request of Savio’s family and one on behalf of the state, performed separate autopsies. Both recently ruled her death a homicide.

Peterson is the sole suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which police are calling a “potential homicide.” Police have not named a suspect in Savio’s death.

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