Stacy Peterson’s uncle Kyle Toutges said authorities were curious about his niece’s character and marriage while he was being questioned Thursday by the special grand jury investigating her disappearance.
Toutges said he testified for about an hour, during which investigators asked him where he thought his niece might be in light of her husband’s comments that she had left him for another man and is “where she wants to be.”
“The only other place she would want to be is in heaven with her sisters,” Toutges said. “If she was on this earth, she would want to be with her kids. That’s where she would be.”
Toutges said he last saw his niece about three weeks before she disappeared.
“There was tension in the house,” Toutges said. “That’s all I should say.”
Peterson was last heard from the morning of Oct. 28 when a friend called to remind her about helping to paint a house that afternoon. Peterson’s husband Drew, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has said his wife called him that night to tell him she was leaving him.
But those close to the missing mother have repeatedly denounced the possibility of an affair, saying Peterson’s family was always her first priority.
“She helped keep the family together,” Toutges said.
Drew Peterson has been named a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which police are calling a “potential homicide.” Peterson has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime in connection with the case.
Police are also investigating the March 2004 death of Peterson’s third wife Kathleen Savio. The death was originally ruled an accidental drowning but questions resurfaced shortly after Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. 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 have ruled her death a homicide.
Police have not named a suspect in Savio’s death.