Stacy Peterson’s sister: Stacy was found

I am Cassandra Cales and on October 28th, 2007 my life changed forever when I couldn’t get a hold of my sister, Stacy Peterson, and my gut instinct told me that Drew had murdered her. She would never abandon her children or me. I have yet to stop searching. Through the years I have met a handful of great people and on the other hand I have met way too many shady glory-seekers wanting to gain something.”

“That being said, I have fought this fight for my sister alone as I trust very few. Law Enforcement has never worked with me or kept me apprised of their so-called “ongoing” investigation. I have to find out my information through a back channel of contacts and my own personal investigating. In all these years I have yet to have a vacation. I use my vacation and sick days from work to conduct searches. When those days run out, I still carry on my search at a financial hinderance. All monies I earn after each pay period I pay my bills and the rest goes to my search efforts. Any additional income, whether it be bonuses, tax returns, or selling my personal stuff, all goes to bringing my sister home. I will sell everything I own, if I have to, even my soul if I could, for my sister’s remains to be recovered. In all of my research and investigating and figuring out Drew’s timeline, travel, and whereabouts; I know the truth. It has come time for me to share with the world what I know, as I will no longer bite my tongue and wait.

“Why am I coming forward with this now? What is the rush? It is because the Will County State’s Attorney and Illinois State Police are moving forward to charge Drew, in the near future and without her body, for the murder of my sister. That is not justice for me, not justice for her, and definitely not justice for her children. There are numerous people doing TV shows, documentaries, interviews, etc. and getting money, profiting off of my sister’s murder. It makes me sick and heartbroken that people would do this and it’s a story to everyone. It’s not a story to me; this is my life. So instead of all of these money-hungry people telling you, I feel like it should come from me as a victim, from my own heart and mouth.”

Drew Peterson disposed of my sister’s body on the evening of October 28th, 2007, in the Sanitary and Shipping Canal, after having dropped off his step-brother. I have sonar images of her lifeless body on the bottom of the riverbed, which I will never release. That is not how I want the world to remember my beautiful sister. These images have already made it into the wrong hands of some of my past “searchers” back when I trusted people and thought they were trying to help. Law Enforcement messed up in 2007 and never sent divers down to recover her body.


They spent all of their time pulling cars out of the shipping channel (at night, so the media didn’t know) and didn’t care about doing the one thing they were supposed to be doing which was to get my sister out. I made the calls to see what they were doing, and they claimed that her body “could be wedged against one of the vehicles” even though the cars were in completely different areas than her body was at the time. If law enforcement would have done their job, I would have had my sisters body home, in the flesh, 22 days after Drew murdered her. I would not be where I am at today spending everything I have to retrieve her skeletal remains. I have pulled all of the money out of my 401k, maxed out all of my credit cards, and have hired the best of the best people and top notch sonar equipment to continue to track her remains down. Just last week I hired a dive team to go down to check some Sonar Targets for me, which personally cost me thousands.”


“When I go out, I go out and get things done. I do not need television people or camera crews following me. Just because you don’t see me out there or on the news doesn’t mean that I’m not out there still fighting to bring Stacy home. Believe me, I will not give up and I will never stop my search. I will continue my search alone and keep sonaring and hiring professional teams to come in.”

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Cassandra and Stacy

Cassandra and Stacy

“I wish I could trade places with my sister. This was so unfair to her and her children. I lost my sister, who was a mother to me as I grew up, but also my best friend. I also lost her children, as I’m not allowed to see them. They continue to be kept away from me, for the stupidest reasons, and they continue to live in the murderer’s house with the murderer’s side of the family.”

Stacy was the most amazing person anyone could have met. My love for my sister and my cherished memories of her are what keep me moving forward. She did not run off; she was murdered by her evil husband.

“I already have future areas to dive on and the plans and permissions are in the works.”

“If you want to contact me personally, please email me at or visit my website where you will also find a button to donate via paypal if you want to help.”

10 thoughts on “Stacy Peterson’s sister: Stacy was found

  1. “CHICAGO (CBS) — Stacy Peterson vanished more than 10-years ago under suspicious circumstances.

    Her family believes she was killed by her husband, former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson.

    Now, as CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports, there is a possibility of charges in the case, and a renewed effort to find Stacy’s body.

    Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, suspects Stacy’s remains may be in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Lockport. Cales has spent thousands of dollars on underwater searches, including one last week.

    “I have spent over $15,000 in the last two months with high tech sonar, dive teams, fuel, travel,” she said.

    “I’ve never stopped looking for Stacy,” said Cales, adding she feels closer to her missing sister when she is looking for her at that location.

    Cales says she was guided to the area by a search team in November, 2007–three weeks after her sister disappeared.

    “They came up with the sonar image and they turned it into law-enforcement the same day that they got it and it was never looked upon my law enforcement,” Cales said.

    Cales said investigators said, “it wasn’t worth looking at” and did not elaborate. Cales is certain the remains are there.

    Cales said authorities did tell her late last year that they were working to charge Drew Peterson in connection with Stacy’s disappearance–even without a body. That’s why the search is so important, Cales said.

    “Them charging it without a body is basically a waste of time. Drew is going to die in prison as it is,” Cales said,

    Peterson is serving a 38-year sentence for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He was sentenced to another 40 years for attempting to hire somebody to kill the prosecutor in the Savio case, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

    “Stacy was all I had,” Cales said. “I mean we had a rough childhood and it was just me and her together all the time. She was a mother to me because she was a little bit older.”

    “She was just my everything and that was taken away from me and I am not going to let that go.”

    Cales says she has another search planned and is hoping to raise $10,000 to help pay for it.”

  2. Rialmo, Peterson attorney fined $50,000, ordered to undergo anger management
    Drew Peterson’s former attorney Joel Brodsky engaged in “unprofessional, contemptuous, and antagonistic behavior” and resorted to “false accusations and inappropriate diatribes” and “acts of intimidation and harassment” that “culminated in an unhinged attack.”

    And if the cantankerous, highly litigious Brodsky — who is currently representing Chicago cop Robert Rialmo in a high-profile police shooting case — wants to make an issue of that damning judgment, he can take it up with U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall.

    Kendall on Wednesday sanctioned Brodsky for bizarre courtroom behavior that included falsely accusing an expert witness of inventing a son. In the ruling, she wrote that if left unpunished, Brodsky’s actions “would serve to undermine the integrity of this court,” ordering him to pay a $50,000 fine, undergo anger management training and take an ethics course, and she referred him to a panel that could bar or suspend him from practicing in federal court.

    The long-awaited ruling came in a small, otherwise unremarkable lemon law case about a used Infiniti SUV.

    Three-quarters of the more than 200 legal filings in the case concerned “disputes regarding Brodsky’s behavior,” Kendall wrote, lamenting that Brodsky’s previous run-ins with judges and her own repeated warnings had not reined him in.

    “That stops here,” she wrote, adding that Brodsky’s belated courtroom apology in July was “an apology in name only.”

    “Respect for the court, the rule of law, and lawyers themselves is essential to an orderly society.”

    Brodsky did not comment Wednesday, but his friend and lawyer Joseph “The Shark” Lopez said he may ask Kendall to reduce the fine, or appeal.

    Brodsky’s license to practice is not immediately affected, and he will continue to represent Rialmo and other clients, Lopez said.

    “He’s shocked and he’s surprised and he’s confident that it will all look different when it is over,” Lopez added.

    “I don’t think he’s crazy — he just represents his clients very aggressively.”

    Brodsky’s previous questionable behavior includes making ableist and homophobic remarks about a rival attorney, forging a dead man’s signature in a probate case and calling an opponent a “liar” and a “moron.”

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  3. “Stacy Peterson’s sister objects to Marcia Clark’s TV investigation of case
    Cassandra Cales, Stacy Peterson’s sister, said she has sonar images of Peterson’s body on the bottom of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that she would never share with the public. Cales said she is “very upset” because it seems one of these images made it onto an early cut of Thursday’s episode of Marcia Clark’s new true-crime docuseries.

    “When the producers reached out to my sonar team to get the rights, they were told no and if the sonar images went public, legal action would be taken,” Cales told the Tribune. “That’s not how I want my sister to be remembered — lifeless body on the bottom of the canal. I want the world to remember her as a beautiful mother, great sister.”

    Clark examines the 2007 disappearance of Peterson, the fourth wife of former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, as part of her A&E network anthology series “Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48.” A version of Thursday’s episode posted on the network’s press site for weeks featured a sonar image reportedly taken of the canal about three weeks after Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

    Dan Silberman, A&E senior vice president for communications, said no sonar images will air Thursday — and that decision was made unrelated to any threats of legal action.

    The production team, who got the image from a “confidential source,” decided to pull the picture from the episode a few months ago, an A&E rep said in an email. Yet a version of the episode with the image was on the network’s press site as recent as Tuesday.

    Silberman said only members of the press registered with the network had access to the early cut via the password-protected press site, though it’s unclear how many reporters watched the episode and saw the sonar image.

    “It’s very well-protected from the public,” Silberman said.

    In the initial version of the episode posted to the press site, the sonar image is introduced by Roy Taylor, who is billed on the show as a “lead searcher” for Peterson. Taylor tells Clark that he has “never released this image publicly to anyone.” He shows Clark a picture he said was taken about 4 miles from the Peterson home in Bolingbrook.

    “Oh my God,” Clark says as the image flashes on the screen.

    “It looks like a woman laying on the bottom of the river,” Taylor says. “This is the bottom of the canal. You can see her hair, see there, at the top? That’s her hair flowing in the water.”

    Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 | Episode 2 Drew Peterson | Thursdays at 9P | A&E
    Taylor said the image was forwarded to law enforcement officials, who mishandled it. A spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow told the Tribune last week the Illinois State Police and Will County state’s attorney’s office have “pursued every credible lead” in efforts to find Stacy Peterson. Drew Peterson’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Tribune if there was any chance the image was authentic, law enforcement would have acted long ago.

    After Stacy Peterson’s disappearance in October 2007, authorities re-examined the 2004 death of Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for Savio’s killing and received additional time for trying to hire a hit man to kill the prosecutor who put him behind bars.

    Clark, who rose to fame as the lead prosecutor in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, told the Tribune there is no doubt in her mind that Drew Peterson killed Stacy Peterson.

    “I want Drew Peterson to be prosecuted for the murder of Stacy Peterson,” Clark said. “I firmly believe the evidence is there.”

    The two-hour Peterson episode is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, Cales recently started a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to retrieve the remains of her sister.

    “My focus is and always will be to bring my sister home. 2018 is going to be a great year,” Cales said.


    U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s murder conviction in death of 3rd wife
    Former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson, shown arriving for court in Joliet in 2009, had argued that use of hearsay testimony in his murder trial should not have been allowed. (M. Spencer Green/AP)
    By Chicago Tribune staff
    OCTOBER 1, 2018 11:15AM
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson that sought to undo his murder conviction in the death of his third wife.
    The Illinois Supreme Court twice rejected Peterson’s request for a new trial after he was convicted of murdering Kathleen Savio, whose death was re-examined after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, went missing in 2007.
    In June, Peterson’s attorney Steve Greenberg filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review the decision of the state’s high court.
    In the filing, Peterson alleged, among other claims, that the use of hearsay testimony — statements that Savio made to family members and in a written statement to police before she died, and statements Stacy Peterson made to her pastor and a divorce lawyer before her disappearance — should never have been allowed.
    The filing also questioned the legality of allowing divorce attorney Harry Smith to testify at trial about a telephone call in which Stacy Peterson indicated Drew Peterson had killed Savio.
    Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously found that the hearsay testimony did not violate Peterson’s constitutional rights. The court declined to rehear his appeal of that decision in January.
    Greenberg said a next possible option for his client could be to begin the process of appealing the conviction through the federal court system.
    Savio’s bathtub drowning in 2004 initially was ruled an accident, but after the October 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, authorities exhumed Savio’s body and ruled her death a homicide. Stacy Peterson remains missing, and the Illinois State Police long ago named Drew Peterson, a former sergeant in Bolingbrook, as a suspect in her disappearance. No one has been charged in the case.


    Hosey: Drew Peterson’s plans for getting free

    Joseph Hosey THEHERALD-NEWS.COM 1:44 pm

    Another year passed, the 11th, since anyone last saw Stacy Peterson alive. At least anyone willing to talk about what happened to her.

    He’s already 64. He has a release date in May 2081, when he will be 127 years old. But Peterson thinks he might get out well before that, even though the Supreme Court recently decided not to hear an appeal of his murder conviction.

    For more than nine of those years, her husband, Drew Peterson, formerly of the Bolingbrook Police Department, has been locked up, first in the county jail, then at Stateville Correctional Center.
    Peterson spent just a few hours at Stateville before he was transferred to Pontiac Correctional Center, and after a week there he was off to maximum security Menard Correctional Center down in Chester.
    Peterson wasn’t put in prison for doing anything to Stacy. He got 38 years for killing the wife before her, the third one, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a dry bathtub in 2004. The police didn’t do much about it at the time. It was only after Stacy disappeared three years later that they developed an interest in Savio’s mysterious death.

    Peterson is now locked up in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was transferred there following a murder-for-hire conviction in 2016.

    Peterson supposedly tried to put a hit on Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow during his time at Menard. The case was based on the testimony of a snitch convicted of attempted murder, home invasion, robbery, forgery and burglary, and also on audio recordings of Peterson talking.

    Prosecutors claimed Peterson was recorded ordering Glasgow’s murder. It didn’t sound like it but that didn’t stop the Downstate jury from returning a guilty verdict.

    Peterson got 40 years for supposedly talking about having Glasgow killed, which is two years more than he got for actually drowning Savio. He’s already 64. He has a release date in May 2081, when he will be 127 years old. But Peterson thinks he might get out well before that, even though the Supreme Court recently decided not to hear an appeal of his murder conviction.

    “Still some avenues left,” Peterson said in an email.

    One of the attorneys who represented him at his murder trial, Steve Greenberg, said there was at least one more opportunity to get that conviction thrown out. But even if he succeeds in doing so, there was still the 40 years for his supposed scheme to kill Glasgow. Greenberg was confident Peterson would get out of that one as well.

    “That case is a joke,” he said. “He never should have lost it. He should win his appeal.” So if Peterson gets out of the murder and also wins an appeal of his joke of a murder-for-hire, maybe he walks away a free man. Those are some big ifs, and even if things go Peterson’s way, he won’t be free for long, said Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales.

    Cales claims there is a plan to charge Peterson with murdering her sister and she has a timeline for when the case will be filed.

    “It’s going to be before Glasgow’s re-elected,” she said.

    For his part, Peterson, who consistently refers to Glasgow as “Glascow,” seemed to buy into what his sister-in-law was saying.

    “Glascow’s career is based on his dishonest prosecutions against me,” Peterson said. “If he is up for re-election he’ll use me again.”

    Glasgow’s spokesman, Charles B. Pelkie, disputed this.

    “Mr. Peterson is in prison now, which is where he belongs, and politics has absolutely no bearing on the review of this case,” Pelkie said. “Any claim otherwise is nonsense.”

    Glasgow’s not up again until 2020. So Peterson has a couple years before he has to worry about whether Cales is right or not. And even she’s not certain the plan is actually still in place. It’s a sure thing, she insisted, “Unless they changed their mind, you know? I don’t think they did.”

    Regardless of what police or prosecutors do, Cales claims she has pinpointed the secret location of Stacy’s body in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

    “Just the canal, I’m not going to say where,” she said.

    Not that doing so would be easy.

    “It’s hard to explain,” Cales said. “Where she is, nothing gets past. And I guarantee there’s others there.”

    Cales, who has a GoFundMe set up to pay for a body recovery and funeral, said there are numerous bodies at that location, along with her sister’s, which is a pretty chilling notion. Not that it was weighing much on Peterson’s mind.

    “I don’t think about Cassandra or her searches,” he said.

    And how could a guy have the time to when he’s busy figuring how to get out from under 78 years of prison sentences.

    Joe Hosey is the editor of The Herald-News. You can reach him at 815-280-4094, at or on Twitter @JoeHosey.

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