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Cops May Have Found Body of Drew Peterson's Wife

6/5/2010 10:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There may be a huge break in the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife. TMZ has learned authorities believe they may know exactly where the body is buried, and then plan to dig for it tomorrow.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Peterson, an ex-cop who is currently behind bars awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife, told an inmate yesterday how he killed Stacy Peterson, wife number 4. Stacy's body has never been recovered.

Our sources say Peterson told the inmate he had an accomplice help him dispose of the body. The inmate then told authorities about his discussion with Peterson, which led them to the alleged accomplice. We're told the accomplice informed Will County Sheriff's officials and prosecutors that the body was buried just outside Peoria, Illinois.

Will County Sheriff's deputies and prosecutors took the alleged accomplice to Peoria Friday, and the accomplice led them to private hunting grounds. The owner allowed authorities to enter his property and the accomplice then led them to the site where Stacy's body was allegedly buried. The accomplice told authorities the body was stuffed in a metal drum that had been buried underground.

On Friday afternoon, authorities brought police dogs onto the property and we're told the dogs immediately took them to the place where the witness said the body was buried. Authorities then put prongs in the soil and hit a mass below ground that could be the drum in question.

We're told State Police are now guarding the property and authorities will begin digging Saturday morning.

UPDATE 6/5 10:00 AM PT -- State Police confirm the search is underway.



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Oh no he di'ent

1603 days ago


It's about time. What a slimeball. I hope this brings some sort of closure to her family.

1603 days ago


Loose lips, sink ships Drew!

1603 days ago


May he rot in hell.

1603 days ago


i hope he becomes somebodys wife

1603 days ago

T Dogg    

The thing is that the case pending against him is weak due to a poor original investigation and he had a good chance of beating it. His missing wife was just that, missing. Now she is found and his accomplice rolled on him big time. He was so close to getting away with it. However, he is a smug #@$* who thinks he is smarter than everyone. Sadly, he just could not in anyway help himself from bragging that he is smarter than everyone. This is great and I can't wait to see him locked away forever/

1603 days ago


Holy ****! Bastard. Weird how Juran van der Sloot finally gets caught and now this s***bag too. Justice served hopefully.

1603 days ago


Thank God! I'm from Chicago and this player/bozo has to go down. He is a serial killer...

1603 days ago


why is this posted as celebrity justice.this guy isnt even associated with a celb let along one himself.

1603 days ago

T Dogg    

He may be famous for being a suspected murderer, but he is still famous

1603 days ago


Well justice seems to be getting served this week. Something is in the air. You know Drew has to boast about it sometime. He thinks he's so tough. See ya slime ball.

1603 days ago


freaky cop wtf glad I didn't run into him

1603 days ago


Fact Check PLEASE TMZ - it was his FOURTH wife:,2933,331816,00.html

1603 days ago


Typical WHITE people alway's committing these horrible crime's,if it's not this it's raping or molesting lil kid's or thing's of that nature..God it's Disgusting!!

1603 days ago


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1603 days ago
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