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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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G-DAWG    

AWW NAW, SAY IT AIN'T SO, NOT ANOTHER MIDDLE AGED WHITE DUDE KILLED HIS WIFE.

1545 days ago
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Spike    

I have followed this from Australia for a couple of years now, So glad he has been found out. Poor Stacey :(

1545 days ago
213.

Teresa    

Beady-eyed creepy cop. Glad he just couldn't keep from bragging. May he rot forever in a cell.

1545 days ago
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jim fell    

i thought he was supposed to be in isolation!

1545 days ago
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Fred    

So is TMZ going to post a story when the jailhouse informant they just blew gets shanked in the yard?

1545 days ago
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Don    

Let's hope this is all a false alarm as it's just funnier for it to remain a mystery and for people to simply not know exactly what happened. I feel genuinely sorry for whatever happened to Stacy, but let's face it, she was a stubborn hardhead who had no business being with someone that much older who had a very unsavory reputation with women long before he came to the world's attention. No, I couldn't care less if you disagree.

1545 days ago
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Anon    

CROOKED COPS! THIS ******* WILL ROT IN HELL! AS FOR ALL THE OTHER COPS IN THIS WORLD, THEY NEED TO GET THEIR **** STRAIGHT

1545 days ago
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pattycakes    

He looks like John Wayne Gacey

1545 days ago
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keithhjohnson    

I have never understood why inmates confide in other inmates. Not really the place where you want to make bosom buddy pals since they always turn on you.

1545 days ago
220.

Matt    

Jailhouse tip prompts excavations, which came up empty Saturday



http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-05/news/ct-met-stacy-peterson-lead-peoria-2-2010060...5_1_drew-peterson-excavations-tom-burek

1545 days ago
221.

BAN racist people    

AHH no racist comments when it's your ****ing people. WHITE PEOPLE ARE KRAZY

1545 days ago
222.

eflow    

Anybody else notice that Drew Peterson looks like the cowardly lion from Oz?

1545 days ago
223.

TONI    

H
ave they found Drew Petersen's wife?

1507 days ago
224.

TONI    

I would like to know if they found Stacy's body yet. That's Stacy Petersen

1495 days ago
225.

Shelly    

Drew is total s***. How that hideous slug got any woman to marry him, much less 4, is beyond me.

1329 days ago
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