Search for Stacy Peterson to take place Friday

Cassandara Cales and Pam Bosco search for Stacy Peterson

Cassandara Cales and Pam Bosco search for Stacy Peterson

The sister of Stacy Peterson is organizing a volunteer search for Stacy this Friday, August 21st. Participants are asked to meet at the Ikea store in Bolingbrook at 10:00 am.

Be prepared to search through brush, so dress appropriately, use bug spray, and be sure to bring water and a snack.

There will be more details provided at the scene.

DATE: August 21
TIME: 10:00 am
PLACE: Ikea, 750 E Boughton Rd. Bolingbrook, IL

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Note: The searchers could make use of a jon boat with a trolling motor and sonar. If you can help, please send an email to Thanks!

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63 thoughts on “Search for Stacy Peterson to take place Friday

  1. Good Morning everyone.
    This is great news! God speed, guide, uplift and protect the searchers as ever! I hope DeeP hears the news because it is still all about Kitty and Stacy and the children NOT HIM. 😀

    …and someone please slap the journalists who keep calling it Drew’s Law.

  2. I have a wonderful blog friend who w/her best doggie pal has participated in these searches for Stacy since the very first one.
    She told me just recently that the canal was still being searched, exactly where they thought Stacy might be, due to cell pings and the time Drewpy had.
    God bless each and every one of you, the ones who search and the ones that would if you could. And buena suerte (good luck)to all.

  3. Bucket, right on! I doubt that Drew likes it, either. He probably thinks this law should be named “The law against Drew.”

  4. Wouldn’t they get more volunteers, if search was done on a weekend? Most people have to work on a Friday. Anyone know who organized the search?

  5. BTW, folks, let us not discuss when and why another time would be good. If you can help, great. If not, we know everyone here is supportive of Cassandra in her quest to bring her beloved sister home.

  6. I hope Drew is aware of the ongoing search efforts. Since he doesn’t read, won’t exercise and can’t socialize it should give him something to sit and think about.

  7. meirish Says:

    August 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm
    I wish I could be there,have to work. I know they are in need of a johnboat.with a trolling motor,and sonar.

    I thought they had a boat with sonar?


    … the “Stacy Ann,” the 14-foot flat-bottom boat the searchers have been using …

    Or would that boat not work for where they need to search?

  8. Sorry, folks, but we’ve chosen to remove some of the recent discussion.

    It’s sad how things can and do deteriorate, especially after all this time, but our feelings here are: Don’t look back. Look forward, and move on. There are still dedicated, honest people that want to help Cassandra, and they will persevere. We wish them well, and want to help in any way we can to bring Cassandra’s sister, Stacy, home.

  9. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
    a quote by, Voltaire

  10. “I wish I could be there,have to work. I know they are in need of a johnboat.with a trolling motor,and sonar.”

    Irish, if someone can supply any of these things who should they contact, and how?

  11. I missed all the action yesterday. I just hope they find Stacy. I admit, I have my doubts she will be in the water, but if it were my sister I would be looking everywhere and anywhere I could.

    Sending them my good wishes and positive thoughts.

  12. Thankyou all for all your good wishes, I know alot of you are so far away, but your support continues to fuel our drive.
    Thankyou all

  13. The prosecution’s strategy isn’t unconstitutional. It’s based on the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” rule; a longstanding legal doctrine that says a defendant “forfeits” his rights if the reason he can’t cross-examine a dead witness is that he CAUSED their unavailability, in part to make sure the witness WON’T be around to testify. Hardly a constitutional insult, defendants forfeit their rights all the time when they engage in wrongdoing. For example, a criminal trial can continue in the defendant’s absence if he fails to show up even though he has a fundamental Due Process right to be present.

    And contrary to Peterson’s crankiness about how it’s all terribly unfair because the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” rule is brand new and is thus ex post facto, the doctrine has been around for over 300 years. The only thing “new” is that the Illinois legislature codified the rule after the United States Supreme Court, in the recent Crawford and Giles decisions, reminded prosecutors of its existence. The act of codifying an old rule is not the same as “creating” a new one.

    Nice bit from the link Aussie posted.

  14. If anyone deserves criticism about how this “new” rule is unfair to Peterson, it’s Peterson’s defense attorneys – who had a duty to understand the law, including old doctrines, and to advise their client about the impact of the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” rule on the potential for a successful prosecution. If they’d done so after Savio died, maybe Peterson wouldn’t have caused the disappearance of his next wife, which led police to rethink whether they got it right the first time when they ruled Savio’s death an accident.

    Even better!

  15. Peterson’s attorneys also complain that the forfeiture rule shouldn’t apply in Savio’s case because the prosecution claims Savio was killed not to keep her from testifying in her own murder trial, but to keep her out of court in her divorce case against Peterson. The defense has it exactly backward. The fact that Savio was killed because of the divorce trial is exactly the type of case where the rule applies best – where the witness is killed because of some OTHER litigation – not the murder case itself. Indeed, it would be odd to create a rule of law that allows hearsay statements of a murder victim to be admitted at the murder trial on the theory they were killed to prevent them from testifying – because there isn’t even a death yet, much less a judicial proceeding. Which is not to say murder victims’ hearsay statements don’t get admitted at trial. They do – all the time – primarily to show the victim’s “state of mind”. The point is that if the reason Savio was killed is related to her possible testimony in a DIFFERENT trial, the use of her statements regarding her fear of Peterson and knowledge of his actions makes their admissibility in her murder trial especially logical and fair under the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” rule.

    Another good one.

  16. Excellent article, right down to the point of telling abused women to be proactive.

    The thing about what Kathleen has said is that there is a live person to back it up which makes it no so much heresay as a fact: “I feel like I am being followed.” Oh, she was. “I am scared for my life.” Hello hit man.

  17. Good points charmed. Many of the suspicions that she expressed in her letters and statments were proven to be true. We have to assume the State will bring this up in arguments.

  18. In case you need the “official” version.,4_1_JO20_PETERSON_S1-090820.article

    Search for Stacy set for Friday

    August 20, 2009

    From Staff Reports
    BOLINGBROOK — Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, asks for the public’s help with a volunteer search for the remains of her sister.

    Participants are asked to meet at 10 a.m. Friday at the Ikea store, 750 E. Boughton Road.

    Volunteers should be prepared to search through brush, so dress appropriately (long pants, no sandals), use bug spray, and be sure to bring plenty of water and a snack.

    The search location and details will be provided at the scene.

    Stacy Peterson disappeared in October 2007.

    Her husband, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, remains in the Will County Jail. Stacy was his fourth wife. He has not been charged in connection with her disappearance.

    Drew Peterson has been charged with murder in the March 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He is awaiting trial.

  19. Me too, Charmed. My sister and I are like best friends. The thought that someone could hurt her and take her away from me is just nightmarish.

    I do think something will be found — if not at this search, some day.

  20. Charmed – Cassandra’s heart is aching. She just wants to find her sister, and she wants to hurt no one.

    So, anyone that can help clear tomorrow’s search area would be welcomed.

  21. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for all of your support and all of your prayers.. God Bless you all.. I hope and pray for a wonderful turn out tomorrow with lots of volunteers. For those of you that cant make it, your prayers and support are greatly appreciated,I think I can speak on behalf of all of the searchers when I say, it is those prayers and support that keeps us going strong and lifts our spirits to give us the strength to continue to do anything we can to bring Stacy home . We will not stop searching until Stacy is found and Justice is served. Team Stacy

  22. I feel as though I’d like to wear long pants, use bug spray and carry water around with me in solidarity tomorrow LOL Good luck. 🙂


    Video at the site. Knowles says the family has “new information as to where she might be.”

    New search effort for Stacy Peterson

    By Jason Knowles

    August 21, 2009 (BOLINGBROOK, Ill.) (WLS) — Family and friends are joining volunteers to kick off a new search for missing mother Stacy Peterson.

    They will be combing parts of the southwest suburbs for the first time in several months.

    Peterson’s family says they have new information as to where she may be, and they want your help in finding her. A new search is planned for Friday as part of an ongoing effort to find the missing Bolingbrook mother of two.

    Stacy Peterson’s husband, Drew Peterson, is suspected in her disappearance, but he claimed she left on her own. Drew Peterson sits in a Will County jail, not because of his fourth wife’s disappearance. He is awaiting trial in the 2004 murder of third wife Kathleen Savio.

    Stacy Peterson disappeared in October of 2007, and her family and friends fear she is dead. Since her disappearance, there have been numerous search operations for the mother. In the days immediately after she went missing, hundreds of volunteers combed the fields and woods around Bolingbrook, as well as ponds, streams and rivers for any signs of her. All of those searches turned up nothing.

    Volunteers gathered Friday morning at the Ikea store in Bolingbrook. They have been waiting to search the wetlands because they were waiting for them to dry up. About 30 to 40 volunteers were searching for her. They headed down the road to a federally protected field in a wet land area near several homes.

    Police were not involved in the search. Several other searches have not resulted in any clues.
    The family of Stacy Peterson says they had a tip about a year ago that Drew Peterson was spotted in the area shortly after Stacy’s disappearance. They believe there is a good chance they will find something.

    “It will be nice just to find her and bring her home. And, you know, it’s just an emotional roller coaster ride that I continue to ride and will continue to ride until I bring her home,” said Cassandra Cales, Stacy Peterson’s sister.

    “Several people have tried to contact the Illinois State Police. I feel rather they have too many leads, or something timing wise, that’s not good enough. It has to be now and all the time,” said Gia Hoffman, family friend.

    “Obviously her body is somewhere. I’m hoping today will be the day, and her family deserves that,” said Pam Smith, volunteer.

    It could be a rather long search effort. The area is not very large, but the brush and the weeds are high. And in certain areas, the water is deep. Some areas may even be unsafe.

  24. It sounds like the search is taking place on land, not water.

    ~snipped from main thread~

    Be prepared to search through brush, so dress appropriately, use bug spray, and be sure to bring water and a snack.

  25. Aug 21, 2009 11:15 am US/Central

    Volunteers Search For Remains Of Stacy Peterson
    Focus Is On Wetland Behind Bolingbrook IKEA

    There is renewed hope on Friday that friends and family of missing Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson will find closure after a new tip.

    It has been two very long years for the family and investigators since the last time Stacy Peterson was found. In the time since then, her husband, Drew Peterson, has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

    On Friday, volunteers are meeting in Bolingbrook, hoping they will uncover Stacy Peterson’s remains in their search.

    Stacy’s family put out the call for help, asking people to meet outside the Bolingbrook IKEA store. Just after 10 a.m., they headed to an area described as wetlands with high weeds, and water as deep as 8 feet.

    Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales, said the family called volunteer searchers out for the effort because Drew Peterson was spotted in the area around the time of Stacy’s disappearance.

    “We had a tip come in – a while ago, actually – about this area, but it’s just been so wet, and we weren’t able to get in there and foot search it,” Cales said, “so we were just waiting for the right time to get in there.”

    Drew Peterson is the prime suspect in Stacy’s disappearance. He is now behind bars awaiting trial in Savio’s death, and Cales says that makes it a little easier for them to continue their efforts.

    “He’s not out here making a mockery of us. He’s quieted up,” Cales said. “We know where he is, so nothing can be moved now.”

    Volunteer Carrie Furnas has done this before, and knows what to look for.

    “Being very aware for evidence; things that are still missing; things beyond just finding Stacy,” Furnas said, adding that she had participated in searches “every weekend of my life, almost, since Stacy’s been gone.”

    Stacy Peterson was last seen on Oct. 28, 2007. Searchers have already combed forest preserves, rivers and retention ponds with no luck. Yet, her family is still clinging to hope as they uncover new territory.

    “We’re just continuing searching until we do find her. There’s never going to be that lost hope,” Cales said. “We’re not going to stop until we do find her.”

    Stacy Peterson’s family says they have been marking all the places they have searched on a map, and they still have a lot of places to go.

    Police were not involved in the search Friday. It was strictly a volunteer effort.

    CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli is following the search party. He will have more on the outcome of the efforts on the CBS 2 News later this afternoon.

  26. Nurse Pauline has an idiot post up on his blog today. It’s supposed to be about a missing woman who showed up alive much later somewhere else. The dumb thing is that he makes statements about there being no body and no murder…but the case that he links to clearly states that it all started with misidentification of a murder victim. So yes, there was a murdered woman…she was just misidentifed. No corrolation to Stacy’s case at all…although he makes some sort of convoluted attempt to relate the two.

    What a moron.

  27. gatekeep
    August 21st, 2009 at 10:42 | #47 Quote
    NOTE: We’re trying out a new look on the site today. 🙂 🙂 🙂
    IMO, This is a good improvement because with the I.E. browser, I am now able to highlight, copy and paste individual comments.

    I also like the ‘Comments’ link at the top of the posting rather than at the bottom.

    The ‘Comments’ link opened quicker too!

  28. Seems they had good turnout for search effort (30-40 people). Hope they all stay safe. It sounds like it’s a pretty risky area.

  29. Facs, our favorite nurse is looking for cases like that to raise doubts among the jury and I am sure they will find more. I can remember Brodsky giving an example of a woman found in Germany after years.

  30. IMO, This is a good improvement because with the I.E. browser, I am now able to highlight, copy and paste individual comments.
    I also like the ‘Comments’ link at the top of the posting rather than at the bottom.
    The ‘Comments’ link opened quicker too!

    Judgin, you should be able to reply as well, by hitting the “quote” link in any given post. I haven’t played around with it too much yet…

  31. cyrhla :Facs, our favorite nurse is looking for cases like that to raise doubts among the jury and I am sure they will find more. I can remember Brodsky giving an example of a woman found in Germany after years.

    The irritating thing is that if you look at the story he has linked, it isn’t so much about a missing woman reappearing alive somewhere, so much as it is about the misidentification of the remains of an actual dead, murdered woman. So, while he’s going on about there being “no body” and “no murder”, the story he dredged up to illustrate his point…doesn’t even do that.

    Man, I’m in a bad mood today… 🙂

  32. Duh, I realized that after I submitted my comment. I’ll let you know what else I find that I like as I play around with the site too.

    I wonder how you are able to bold or indent from I.E. browser. Do I need a special toolbar, link or software?

  33. Aaaawwww, Facs, don’t let the turkeys get ya down!

    I too am really stressed and sad that these good people have to search for a valuable human being, a dear one, Stacy, that an animal harmed and hid.

    The whole so-called defense team is so outrageous and transparent that they are laughable. What each one of them say flies in the face of the reasonable person’s mind.

    With straight faces, they are going to try to convince a jury that their client is innocent of the charges by making these ludicrous claims.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha… they are fools and will be handing the jury everything they need to ‘convict’ !

  34. Ol’ Pauline is rather worse than a turkey, but the good news is that I don’t think anyone much reads it, blogburst or not.

  35. I can’t imagine how ‘it’ earns a living with the kind of stuff ‘it’ posts on ‘it’s’ website. ::) 😛

    I wouldn’t want to be in the same auditorium with that embarrassing ‘it.’

    Suspect and hope defense calls ‘it’ to the witness stand to testify on behalf of the accused. ;D

  36. Video is up here:,0,880028.story

    CHICAGO – Friends, family and complete strangers joined in a new search Friday for missing mother Stacy Peterson.

    Searchers fanned out in a marshy area off Boughton Road in southwest suburban Bolingbrook.

    Peterson’s family said someone told them they saw her husband, Drew Peterson, in the area a few days after Peterson disappeared in 2007.

    Drew Peterson is jailed on charges of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Stacy Peterson was his fourth wife.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has been indicted in Savio’s death and is a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. He denies any involvement in either case.

    A judge last week began the jury selection process for Drew Peterson’s murder trial in the Savio case.

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