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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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First of all, he is infamous not famous...Look it up. Second, HAHAHA....Bout time he gets caught and third.....Not all cops are creeps. I happen to know several that are incredible, kind people. they just want to do the job that they were hired to do. If u are a criminal and get caught, so be it....

1580 days ago


I don't see anything about this on Chicago's internet news??

Hope this isn't another hoax from TMZ like the JFK pics.

1580 days ago


This is one of the times I love TMZ.

1580 days ago


I have to agree miz...I haven't found anything even remotely related to this anywhere...
I'll give TMZ credit for scooping MJ's death, but this one seems a bit out of left field...
I live in Illinois, not too far from Peoria, and I've neither seen nor heard anything about the possible discovery of Stacy Peterson's body...
Guess we'll wait and see...

1580 days ago


@ED#17.....Why is this racial. If u forgot, the crazy asses that were riding around in a trunk shooting people were not white. And of course, our jails and prisons are only full of white people...LMAO. Too funny. I used to work for a prison system and all colors have freakin crazy, twisted people. DEAL WITH IT.

1580 days ago


And when they find wife number 4, take her out of the barrel and put Drew Peterson and his accomplice into it and put it back in the ground and bury the two of them.

1580 days ago


Way to go, TMZ. I live in Will County, about 15 minutes from this s***bag's house...and we've all been waiting to wipe that smug grin off his ugly face. And...of course, you reported it first because there is NO mention of it in any of the sites that cover my county. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow. I hope they found her (finally).

1580 days ago


I am so glad that they may finally have her body. I hate this man's smircky arrogance and cannot wait to see him get prosecuted.

1580 days ago


Hope they nail your a@@ pig.

1580 days ago


STUPID STUPID STUPID - LIke he didn't think his cellmate would talk? And he's a cop! I'm so glad he got caught, And now the Aruba guy has been caught in a second murder. Now we need to get the Survivor producer who thinks he can murder his wife, and move on without punishment, WITH his children.

1580 days ago

Katie C    

Two major s***bags in one week. The year of justice. SWEET!

1580 days ago

the sea    

The accomplice is getting immunity? Right?

1580 days ago


this really doesn't seem legit. no other news site is reporting this. I don't have a good feeling especially if the cops are guarding the site, you know somebody would have noticed.

1580 days ago


This is 100% false. Sorry but neither the Chicago Suntimes or Chicago Tribune (who always updates their site for breaking news) doesn't have a sniff of this. I find it very hard to believe that a seasoned cop would talk to a jail house informant. Enjoy chasing your tail on this one TMZ.

1580 days ago

T Dogg    

"First of all, he is infamous not famous...Look it up"

Done and Done

famous -
1. Well known.
2. In the public eye.

infamous -
1 : having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil
2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful
3 : convicted of an offense bringing infamy

Infamous and Famous are not antonyms. Drew may be infamous for allegedly murdering his wives, but that has mad him famous. If you want proof that he is famous, look at all of the national headlines. He is both well known and in the public eye.

Please don't correct people when you are stupid.

1580 days ago
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