Stacy Peterson with her children and those of Kathleen Savio.
Stacy Peterson was last heard from seven years ago, today. At 10:15 on a lazy Sunday morning she texted a friend that she wasn’t ready to get out of bed to go help with some painting and then…silence. No more texts, no phone calls, no email, no sightings of her since that moment.
Her sister, Cassandra Cales, hung out with her the night before and was already nervous about Stacy’s well-being. She knew that Stacy wanted to divorce her police officer husband, Drew, but also that she was afraid he wouldn’t let her go. Stacy warned her sister that night that if something were to happen to her “he did it.” Her neighbor, Sharon Bychowski, saw her sitting on the curb and crying in the days prior to her disappearance and Stacy told her then that she had lost hope of making it out of the marriage alive.
Stacy had confided a terrible secret to at least three people in the weeks prior to her disappearance – her husband had killed his third wife and had staged her death to look like an accident. She hoped that this dangerous information might buy her and her children an escape from Drew, but it probably cost her her life instead.
The night of October 28, 2007, Drew Peterson’s step-brother visited a friend and told him that he needed to unburden himself. He thought that he had just helped move a plastic container that held the body of Stacy Peterson from her house to Drew’s SUV. He had been given some money and he wanted to give some of it to his friend. The next day he attempted to take his own life with an overdose of Paxil, Xanax and alcohol.
Drew Peterson was eventually charged, tried and convicted for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, but he has maintained to this day that Stacy Peterson simply left him and her children on that Sunday, seven years ago. Numerous land and water searches have failed to turn up any evidence of her remains. Her sister, Cassandra, still searches for her with the assistance of volunteers.
If you have any information that can help this ongoing investigation, please contact the Illinois State Police who released a statement today:
“The Peterson case has always remained active and continues to be very active. While agents may not always be in contact with the family with every lead, they are still actively investigating the case. In fact, we have been following up on several leads – which we are not at liberty to make public or discuss at this time.”
Reporter Craig Wall tweeted this photo of his notes from Drew Peterson’s 2012 trial ready for recycling.
Some anniversary updates:
- Drew Peterson filed an appeal of his murder conviction in January of this year but is still awaiting a date in court for oral arguments.
- In March, The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board voted to hold hearings to determine whether Drew Peterson should lose his retirement pension (but no vote has happened yet).
- Also in March, the Illinois Supreme Court denied Stephen Peterson’s request to appeal the Appellate Court decision that upheld the Village of Oak Brook’s decision to terminate him from his position with the Police Department.
- In April, Walter Martinek, the friend who heard Tom Morphey’s confession about helping to move Stacy’s body, was killed in an auto accident.
- The Savio’s wrongful death suit against Drew was continued until January, 2015.
- In May, Stacy’s brother, Yelton, completed a prison sentence and was released.
- Cassandra stated that her visit with the Long Island Medium, Teresa Caputo, was a bust saying, “I think she was a fake, phony…”
- In July, Cassandra made public her intention to file paperwork to get Stacy legally declared dead, but today family spokesperson said they have changed their minds as they don’t want to risk Drew Peterson being able to collect on Stacy’s life insurance policy.
- As of today Cassandra is still searching for her sister.
“I’m not going to stop until she’s found. I will leave no stone unturned until I bring my sister home.”
Stacy’s Aunt Candace wrote a poem to commemorate the anniversary of the disappearance (used with her permission).
Seven Years and so many tears,
And still no answer to our fears!
Stacy Ann I love and miss you so much,
And your special endearing touch!
You left a big hole upon my heart,
Its hard to know where to pick up and restart!
It feels like life is empty space,
because not one can take your place!
It’s still so hard without you here,
You were so precious and so dear!
I miss you running all around,
And your voice I love the sound!
I still have your # in my cell,
How many times I call you, I never tell!
It feels like you’ll call me again someday,
But then, it’s only your message I can play!
You’re in my heart forever, you know,
And to your house, I love to go!
But for now I keep you here,
In my heart, you’re always near!
I know I’ll see your face again,
Although I don’t know exactly when!
I just know it will be a wonderful day,
Because God has ordained it that way!!!!
I love and miss you Stacy Ann!!!