Stacy Peterson search returns to Knox County
August 23, 2010
Galesburg, IL – Police investigators and dive teams spent much of Monday in a Knox County lake, following up on a tip in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
”This is part of the Stacy Peterson investigation”, confirmed Illinois State Police spokesman Tom Burek.” We’re looking for evidence to follow up on a lead’.”
Several divers searched a stretch of shoreline in Lake Storey near Galesburg Monday. The small lake is just off Route 150. Burek says the search was connected to a previous one in Peoria back in June, and Lake Storey on August 3rd.
”The specifics of the lead, I can’t really discuss. It’s the same lead we’ve been working on since late spring”, Burek said after a police briefing on the search Monday in Galesburg.
Stacy Peterson was a 23-year old mother when she went missing in October of 2007.
Her husband, ex-police officer Drew Peterson is awaiting trial in connection with the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Stacy Peterson was his fourth.
The Lake Storey search ended about five hours after it began, Burek telling News 8 that ”nothing of significance” was found in or near the lake.
”You don’t always hit a homerun”, Burek said. ”We’re going to stay moving forward with this.”
Also, Peterson appeared in court today for two matters. One was for a status hearing of the State’s appeal of admissible hearsay statements in the Kathleen Savio murder case. No further date was assigned, as Judge White indicated nothing more would happen until the Appellate Court issued its ruling.
The second matter was the pending charges relating to unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a rifle shorter than legal length. During that hearing, testimony was heard by both defense and State witnesses. Among the witnesses were a Bolingbrook sergeant who worked with Drew Peterson on the Swat team, Peterson’s son Steve, Teresa Peterson, and ISP Agent Hardy.
The defense is mounting a Second Amendment argument against the gun charges. The state statute that bans automatic weapons with barrels under a certain length is being challenged on claims that it violates the right to bear arms, following the McDonald v. Chicago ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court that forced the City of Chicago to toss its handgun ban.
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