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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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jason    

How is this entertainment news or celebrity news?

1580 days ago
32.

Anon    

Fascinating that both Drew Peterson and Joran van der Sloot could be caught. Remember how Drew Peterson loved to give those smug interviews?

1580 days ago
33.

KCinLV    

I pray to God that this story is true. My brother lives close to this dirtbag and nothing would make us happier than seeing this murder solved and we all knew it was murder of both wife #3 and #4. Drew is so arrogant like no one knows anything but him. This will give the family closure and hopefully peace for them. God Bless them.

1580 days ago
34.

Dino the Dinosaur    

Of course its true, you idiots. Sun Times/Chicago Tribune!, hahahaha!Good going for the accomplice, probably coerced and helped dispose. This Drew Peterson needs his eyes slit out and a giant needle stuck up his dic&

1580 days ago
35.

Wiggedywhat    

Is this THE Dino?

1580 days ago
36.

beau     

What a punk jerk those women fell for him ???!!!! Look at his face you can tell he's a jerk skank...

1580 days ago
37.

OooooNooo!    

If this is in fact true, it is a MAJOR turning point in journalism. The Chicago Tribune (biggest paper in Chicago, part of the WGN Super Station chain) has nothing on this report. If TMZ has the scoop, it PROVES newspapers are a dieing journalism media. It would explain why the Tribune is in bankruptcy. However, I find it hard to believe he would brag all the detail to an inmate. Hope TMZ has their source confirmed on this one.

1580 days ago
38.

bigfeetpjs    

Why Newspaper/TV media does does not report this news first?

1580 days ago
39.

miz    


I think TMZ has been Pumked.



You broke this over 2 hrs ago and still no hint of this in the Chicago area. Reporters here would be all over this with a News and Camera Crew down at the "supposed" Burial site in Peoria. At Drew's house and talking to Stacy's family.
They would have their own sources with authorities since many have been on this case for 3 yrs.



There is Zilch.



I think Drew humself is behind the Hoax. He's an Arrogant SOB and would set this up with a Cellmate buddy so it would look legit with someone calling collect to TMZ from the County Jail.

1580 days ago
40.

Trish    

I hope this serial killer will be locked up forever! He is your worst nightmare!

1580 days ago
41.

JLS    

Justice delayed but NOT denied! Thank God.

1580 days ago
42.

nail_him_to_a_wall    

He was co-owner of a bar/restaurant my sister worked at in Aurora in her teens. She had met him & said she knew he was sleezy.

1580 days ago
43.

sickofit    

Finally



I can only hope this helps her family a bit. I have always felt for her family.

1580 days ago
44.

donna    

What has this world been coming to, i.e., the so-called journalists giving this freak any air time at all. Strange priorities. Now the 'women' I means his wives whom he killed can R.I.P. He won't be taking another woman's life...ever!

1580 days ago
45.

Cartman    

Even if it's not the body this guy is a major dirtbag.

1579 days ago
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