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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.

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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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136.

dd    

I hope this is true so she can finally rest in peace. Young girls beware of older men with 3x wives, it's not them it's HIM!

1571 days ago
137.

KC    

Isn't he in solitary confinement???
I don't think this story is true but I hope I am wrong. Maybe she will finally be put to rest.

1571 days ago
138.

MomOf5    

As of 1:o5 Eastern time Saturday, I have not been able to find one other news outlet except the Chicago Sun Times reporting on this (NO ONE had the scoop but TMZ last night!



Awesome job TMZ! Now please stop reporting on Lindsay Lohan!!

1571 days ago
139.

Caroline    

These guys are all the same. They always get themselves into more trouble. OJ got away with killing two people and then he goes and commits armed robbery. The Dutch kid who was the prime suspect in Natalee Holloway's disappearance has apparently killed someone else and this Peterson guy can't stop shooting his mouth off. They just can't stay out of trouble and it's always their downfall.

1571 days ago
140.

troopaD    

damn dudes with the last name peterson effin are crazy. lacy peterson, stacy peterson, I'm sensing a pattern here.

1571 days ago
141.

kickaboo    

Headline news just ran something about Stacy, but I didn't catch what all they said, did anyone else?

1571 days ago
142.

lola    

I just do not think he would be this stupid. IDK we shall see.

1571 days ago
143.

kickaboo    

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-drewpeterson,0,7065419.story

1571 days ago
144.

Brandy    

It's a ego thing with Drew! He can't have Joran getting all the attention now can he!! Psychotic personally traits! We all know how arrogant and narcissitic and sick these two individuals are!! GOOD, I AM GLAD THERE WILL FINALLY BE JUSTICE FOR THESE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES!! Oh, i a would not be surprised if Joran has murdered more than 2 woman! i would be checking around the anniversary dates of Natalee's death the past few years! Joran was quite the globetrotter, people this insane don't just kill a couple people in 5 years! JORAN IS A SERIAL KILLER ALONG WITH DREW!!
I HOPE THEY BOTH ROT IN HELL!!

1571 days ago
145.

HowardSternForPresident    

everyone deserves forgiveness,except Dre , bite that pillow boy!

1571 days ago
146.

Lizzie    

I sooooooooo HOPE 'N PRAY that this JACK ASS gets burned straight to HELL!!! His buddy will be "Urine"!!!!!!!!!! Too bad not john gardner, scotty &&&&&& lest I forget ole black oj!!!!!!!!!

1571 days ago
147.

Hmmmmm    

Well he likes to be funny . I wonder if all this is a trick . Hard to belive he talked to his cell mate . Knowing this guy he buried a tank out them with a blow up doll in it . Just to make the cops look dumb .

1571 days ago
148.

dd    

Wow Lizzie you were making a good point until you played the race card.

1571 days ago
149.

Just Sayin'    

Well, they have been digging for an hour. Can't wait for the update saying they found her.

1571 days ago
150.

Sue    

sounds like TMZ only got part of this right.. dont know who there source is but sounds abit inaccurate according to reports

1571 days ago
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