Nothing found in five-day search for Stacy Peterson’s remains at Shorewood park

Law Enforcement Officials also Utilize Investigative Resources for Training Purposes

Will County – Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed today that an ongoing investigation into the Stacy Peterson case has concluded after a weeklong search of the Hammel Woods Forest Preserve in Shorewood, Illinois.

State Police investigators and FBI agents have been at the scene since Monday, November 5. The 400 acre preserve is a vast area and search efforts were underway utilizing FBI investigative resources, including canines. Officials declined to confirm details of the investigation for security reasons.

“The Illinois State Police’s top priority is to preserve the integrity of an investigation and any comments or details released during the investigative process could potentially compromise our efforts,” said ISP Zone 3 Commander Michael Cooke.

Law enforcement officials confirmed no “tip” was provided and search efforts were part of the ongoing investigation of the Peterson case. Law enforcement officials also pointed to the unique opportunity to utilize FBI resources and for agency cross training at the scene.

“Anytime we have the ability to work with other law enforcement and public safety agencies on specialized investigations, we take full advantage of the available resources and expertise to strengthen our techniques and strategies,” Cooke added.

The Plainfield Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the search efforts.

Law enforcement officials have confirmed that this search has concluded and nothing was found. The Peterson investigation remains on-going.

Illinois State Police press release

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Search for Stacy Peterson at Hammel Woods was planned last Spring

It’s being reported that the Shorewood search for the remains of Stacy Peterson was planned months ago and originally scheduled for the first week of September, but postponed when it coincided with the trial of Drew Peterson for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The search of Hammel Woods is being conducted with the help of three specially trained cadaver dogs who have been brought over from the UK in an attempt to locate Stacy Peterson’s remains.

The FBI and ISP investigators are expected to wrap up the search today.

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Stacy Peterson search going on in Hammel Woods

UPDATE 11/07/12:

The search is on its third day as FBI and ISP investigators continue their efforts in Shorewood.

Tweets started to fire up about four hours ago that FBI and ISP investigators were working in Shorewood today.

State police Capt. Michael Cooke has confirmed that a search related to the Stacy Peterson case was taking place in Hammel Woods, part of the Crumby Recreation Area. The Herald-News reported that Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales, was on the scene this afternoon.

ISP officials stated that nothing was found today but will resume at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Those following the case will remember that at the time of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, Shorewood was the home of Stacy’s friend Scott Rossetto. Rossetto testified at a pre-trial hearing that he and Stacy had a flirtatious relationship and that she had confided in him that Peterson had killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and that she had given him a false alibi when questioned.

Peterson’s step-brother Thomas Morphey also testified at the same hearing that in late October 2007, Peterson had discussed with him leaving Stacy’s car near Rosetto’s home in order to frame him for Stacy’s murder. Records of cell phone calls from Stacy’s phone to Drew Peterson’s on the night that Stacy disappeared, placed her phone in the Shorewood area.

Morphey said that on the night of Stacy’s disappearance Drew Peterson dropped him off in Bolingbrook park, gave him a cell phone to hold and then drove away. Later, when the phone rang several times, the call was identified as “Stacy”.

For a number of years the Guardian Angels Community Service agency’s domestic violence program, Groundwork, has held a 5k walk against domestic violence in Hammel Woods. Strange to think that the Angels for Stacy Peterson may have walked in the very areas where evidence in her case may have been secreted.

I’ll update here if and when I hear more. Meanwhile feel free to comment.

Shorewood Patch
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Remembering Stacy Ann Peterson

October 28, 2009: Today marks the second anniversary of the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

Let’s try to remember this today and mark it in some way in our own lives. Her passing has meaning. Her absence is felt. Her family and friends mourn her, yet they have no closure and no justice.

On October 28, 2007, after ending a phone call with a friend, Stacy Ann Peterson was never seen nor heard from again. She’s lovingly and fondly remembered by her sister, family and friends as a wonderful, devoted mom, someone who loved to be with family, especially when gathering to celebrate a happy occasion, and someone who wouldn’t hesitate to help another, if needed. Stacy’s disappearance and ensuing story touched many people, including strangers who never knew or met her–strangers who devoted week after week to search for her, who became friends with her sister and family members, and vowed to keep looking for her until she was found.

Tuesday, October 27, the WE network show: “Secret Lives of Women” is airing an episode called “Loved & Controlled” which will feature three stories, one of them the Drew Peterson cases. Anna Doman and Cassandra Cales , will be talking about their sisters, Kathleen Savio and Stacy Peterson and what life was like living with Drew Peterson.

In the clip below, Cassandra looks back at Stacy’s life, and her disappearance.

And Anna Doman talks about the mysterious death of her sister.

Upcoming Air Dates:
Tuesday, October 27 at 10pm | 9c
Tuesday, November 3 at 11pm | 10c
Tuesday, November 10 at 4pm | 3c
Tuesday, November 24 at 8pm | 7c
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Volunteers needed to plan fund raiser

Here’s a brief release we received earlier this morning from Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning. She is organizing the May 10 fund raiser at Bolingbrook’s Ditka Dome to aid search efforts for Stacy Peterson. The group is inviting those interested in helping to plan the event or participating in searches to attend a weekly meeting tomorrow, April 9. We’ll have more information on this when it becomes available. In the meantime, the release is below.
Hello all –
We will be meeting tomorrow evening at Village Hall in the Boardroom.  We will have updates regarding the fundraiser and the search.  Meeting time 7:30 p.m.
Anyone wishing to attend to help with the fundraiser or with the ongoing search is welcome to attend.

Carol Penning
(630)300-4207 – Cell

Video: Sharon Bychowski explains new fund raising effort

By Danya Hooker,

Stacy Peterson’s friends and family are rolling out a new fund raising effort to help defray costs associated with the search for the missing Bolingbrook mother.

Peterson’s friend and neighbor Sharon Bychowski said the group is selling “Where is Stacy?” bumper stickers for $2 each. Every week, members of the group Friends of Stacy Peterson, which has applied for non-profit status, will search for cars displaying the stickers and pick two winners and give them a free Stacy Peterson T-shirt.

Bumper stickers may be purchased by picking one up from Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning at the village hall, 375 W. Briarcliff Road, or by stopping by search meeting locations each Saturday and Sunday morning before searches begin.

Search teams are currently meeting at the Bolingbrook Recreation and Aquatic Center, 200 Lindsey Lane, at 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday. The location may change. Check and click on “Searches” for updated information.

First search done, more on the way

By Danya Hooker,

More than 40 volunteers turned out Saturday for the first family-led search for missing Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson.

Searchers spent more than eight hours combing wooded areas and open fields near the Illinois and Michigan Canal in Joliet. Although the search didn’t turn up anything groundbreaking, lead organizer Roy Taylor said the group will continue to meet every weekend until weather stops them.

“As long as it takes, that’s our new motto,” Taylor said. “As long as it takes, we will find Stacy.”

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‘We’re not going to stop’ Stacy’s family vows to find answers

By Danya Hooker
Stacy Peterson’s friends and family will renew their search efforts this weekend and are asking for help from the community.

“If it was your family member, your sister, daughter, niece, I would be out there helping you, so I’m asking for your help,” Peterson’s sister Cassandra Cales said Wednesday during a press conference announcing the searches.

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